A ‘Connected Britain’ is a smarter one

Held over two days at the Business Design Centre in London, Connected Britain 2019 was an event not to be missed. Packed with inspirational keynotes, panels and roundtables featuring mobile network operators, local government, CTIL, fibre and neutral host experts, it was the place to be for anyone involved in getting Britain connected.

As part of the event’s ‘Smart Britain’ track of conversations, our CEO Richard Bourne participated in the Smart Building Connectivity panel along with our friends at WiredScore.

The panel discussed the true definition of a smart building, outlined as sustainable in a net zero carbon way, while offering features that provide seamless engagement with the building itself. Productivity and happiness were agreed as key factors that should be considered when implementing smart technology with the aim of improving quality of life, in and outside of work.

“There is a whole raft of things that can make a building smart but it is essentially about making people in the building happy” Richard Bourne, CEO of StrattoOpencell

Focused on bringing a reliable mobile network indoors, Richard discussed how buildings for both private and public sector use can benefit immensely from carrier-grade connectivity when served alongside traditional LAN and Wi-Fi solutions. He also highlighted the growing evidence and use cases in the flourishing PropTech ecosystem to support the need for a resilient wireless connection.

It was evident that the positive future of smart buildings is based on property owners and building managers understanding that the connectivity platforms they select need to be flexible to support both existing and future technologies. Richard summarised the task of industry providers:

“The real job is to simplify it so you talk about services and outcomes; so you need low-latency connectivity and we’ll decide how you get that – often different connectivity types are complementary. I think our job collectively as service providers is to make it really easy to consume so that whoever the end-user is and whatever application they want to use, we can deliver that service and work with asset owners to make sure their building is future-proof and doesn’t need a forklift truck every time something new comes along.”

If you’re hungry for more insight, you can read the Total Telecom panel write up or Richard’s connectivity-first thought piece. Or if you’d like to read about our views on rapid 5G adoption, click here.

20 June 2019