Bristol promote innovation through one network canopy


  • Client: Bristol Council
  • Application: Canopy network for multiple Smart City sensors


Bristol is building a platform for the development of Smart City applications that will promote innovation and deliver a better quality of life. It is partnering with Bristol University to promote Bristol Is Open (BIO) — an effort to deploy and trial a citywide Smart City network. BIO is encouraging local entrepreneurs to connect new sensors and devices to a common network, and to prepare for commercialisation globally.

The challenge for Bristol

To champion the breakdown of council silos.

City departments responsible for services such as lighting, traffic or transportation are often siloed with no mechanism for cross-department collaboration. Creating a shared network infrastructure enables these groups to leverage resources to increase efficiency, reduce cost and provide better services.

To demonstrate benefits.

Connect existing city assets such as street lights, distributed sensors and other critical infrastructure to rapidly demonstrate the economic and energy benefits of intelligent street lighting. Once this is achieved, the existing network can be extended to other city services.

To empower local businesses.

Create an environment that promotes and enables innovation so local businesses can become leaders in Smart City technology, improve city services, build a green economy and create jobs.

The Smart City solution

Multi-application ipv6-based network – leveraging the same network canopy provided by our partner Silver Spring Networks, for applications such as parking meters, traffic light and congestion sensors, safety cameras, air quality sensors, weather sensors, public transportation sensors, remote personal healthcare monitors and acoustic detection.

Environmental sensors – gathering and accessing data from sensors across the city to enable the development of Internet of Everything productivity services for citizens.

Innovation catalyst – enabling entrepreneurs and academic institutions to leverage sensor data and insights for prototype new smart city applications and services.