The Internet of Things (IoT) is a cluster of technologies spanning hardware devices, networking,
data collection and data applications. It allows any ‘thing’ to be connected to the internet.
In an initiative spearheaded by Information Services and supported by Corporate Services and the
School of Informatics, the University is setting up a pilot IoT network. This will allow us to
capture real-time data from a large number of sensors (both mobile and static) across the
campus and the city as a whole. The resulting data will yield an unrivalled picture of the built
and natural environment, and of how people interact with each other and their environment.
Our goal is to develop a shared IoT infrastructure that will support research, development and
teaching with a range of partners both inside and outside the University, including SMEs and
This is a Vision-led programme that supports and aligns with the University's strategy.