THE UK’s most advanced Internet of Things network is now well established in Scotland, with Glasgow and Edinburgh at almost full coverage.

Boston Networks, the business behind the delivery of Scotland’s £6 million network, said coverage of 99.7 per cent has been achieved in Glasgow and 95% in Edinburgh, offering public and private sector organisations across the Central Belt an opportunity to access smart technologies that deliver cost and time efficiencies and provide data insights, at very low cost.

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Scott McEwan, of Boston Networks, said: “The IoT network will revolutionise how we use smart technologies here in Scotland, with significant benefits for organisations of all sizes and their clients, all at very low cost.”

Networks are already up and running in Argyll and Bute and the Western Isles, with the Scottish Borders, Stirling, Perth, Orkney, Aberdeenshire and Dundee on track to be completed in November.

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By the end of November, about a third of businesses in six local authorities will have access. It is part funded by the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, with private investment from Braehead-based Boston Networks.

Kate Forbes, digital economy minister, said the IoT “presents an exciting opportunity for Scotland’s public services, our businesses and our people”.