Cybermoor Networks was setup to own the broadband infrastructure – the cables and ducts that link homes remote villages. The network was successfully built using a mixture of community contributions, private sector investment and funds from the UK Government. Sharing network infrastructure with JANET, CLEO and Network Rail Telecoms.
In April 2014, Briskona took over responsibility from Cybermoor Networks for the running of the wireless network and its customers.
The 5G Rural Integrated Testbed (5GRIT) is a partnership of SMEs and Universities building a 5G testbed to develop and test innovative solutions for rural areas. It was one of six DCMS funded projects to keep Britain at the forefront of connectivity. by accelerating the deployment of next generation digital infrastructure and driving forward new 5G business opportunities.
The 5GRIT partners have designed and tested amazing new services – previously not possible due to poor internet connections, including developing business cases trialling with rural businesses and residents.
It is all about testing connectivity across tourism, farming, remote broadband and interface with airborne 5G technology via drones. An augmented reality tourism app developed an enhanced experience for tourists visiting rural areas like the North Pennines.
A precision farming service was development for crop and livestock monitoring. 5GRIT was pleased to be able to display the drone footage at the Alston Sheep Show. The footage captured by flying over a local sheep farm demonstrates the 5GRIT livestock monitoring service that will assist farmers in counting and locating their flock.
The Mobile Access North Yorkshire project has given access to reliable connectivity – inside and outside the home. The previous connectivity is limiting rural developments, whether that is socially or economically. The project listened to rural communities; to ensure connectivity can support these areas to thrive.
Throughout the project, residents and businesses were listened to, to understand problems through listening to and working with communities. The project explored the latest ways to bring and use connectivity and ensure we pay continuous attention to feedback, to ensure connectivity is of benefit.