July 2017 meetup report

The IoT Leeds meetup returned to Futurelabs on Monday 24th of July for our second event. The end of July is a difficult time to convince people to come out to a tech meetup, the schools have broken up and most people are thinking about their holidays, but we had a really great turn out and it was great to see how engaged and interested everybody seemed to be.

I think the good turnout was down to the interesting speakers we had lined up. First up was Alan Pope of Canonical talking about Snapcraft. Canonical are the company behind Ubuntu Linux which is ubiquitous in the cloud and is beginning to make inroads in IoT devices too. Snapcraft allows app developers to produce “snaps” of their applications which allow those applications to run on a wide range of Linux platforms in a reliable and isolated manner, taking away the complexity of supporting different distributions and managing conflicts between applications. Canonical also provide a build service and app store which developers can submit their apps to and automatically have them deployed to customers devices.

Our second talk was from Philip Handley of Arqiva who was covering the range of low-power wide-area networking technologies available and how they compare. The three main contenders currently are LoRa, Sigfox and NB-IOT (which is based on LTE). LoRa and Sigfox are the current leaders but the established mobile networks are backing NB-IOT. All three standards have strengths and weaknesses and it seems like there is room in the market for more than one standard.

The next meetup is scheduled for Monday 23rd October due to the summer break which should give people plenty of time to get it in their diaries, hope to see you there!

In the mean time if you would like to get involved in more IoT events then I can recommend the Wuthering Bytes festival in particular there is a Things Happening event about low-power wireless IoT on the 3rd and 4th of September.


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