When Full-fibre Infrastructure meets Smart Building IoT Solutions

Since early 2019, CityFibre and Comms365 have been running a building-based IoT smart sensor trial using Peterborough’s brand new citywide digital infrastructure. In this session they’ll share their trial results in detail for the first time, including a walkthrough of the significant building management cost savings already being realised. In parallel you’ll get to learn more about CityFibre itself – a alternative network builder that’s disrupting the UK connectivity market with its rollout of modern, gigabit speed, broadband connectivity to 5 million UK homes and businesses by 2025.


Clayton Nash, Head of Product at CityFibre

D1 Controls 11:30

Today Clayton leads the product team at CityFibre; the UK’s leading alternative provider of wholesale full fibre infrastructure. In 2018 the company committed £2.5bn to rollout whole-city full fibre networks to serve 5 million premises by 2025 (20% of the UK). 26 UK towns and cities have been announced so far, with many more to follow. Once build is complete, almost every home, business, public and mobile site in each area will gain access to broadband speeds of 1Gbps and beyond.

Clayton joined CityFibre from Vodafone in 2016 – where he’d led a full strategic assessment of consumer fibre network futures, advised on network investments and provided technical input into various regulatory projects. Prior to this he undertook a range of strategic roles within BT’s Openreach division – including improving the way Next Generation Access (NGA) was built and managing a Carrier Ethernet, DWDM and TDM product portfolio worth over 900 million pounds.

Richard Bridge, Client Director at Comms365

D1 Controls 11:30

Richard Bridge is enjoying an amazing career, staying on the cutting edge of new technologies and emerging markets. He started in telecoms over 30 years ago, in 1988 by joining Mercury Communications to establish himself in the Traditional and Hosted Voice business. He moved to Paging and later to Internet Access in the nineties, staying well informed about new tech for the business world.

By 2006 he had become involved in developing and bringing to market a real time static security guard time management and rostering system using wireless key pads and biometrics (very early IoT).

Richard joined Comms365 in 2017 moving from Virgin Media Business, and keen to work with 4G, M2M and IoT. Comms365 were already getting traction in this space, which was a good fit. The opportunity arose to work with CityFibre on an existing project to deploy a LoRaWAN network in a Housing Association environment. The HA were seeking ways to support resource management and reduce cost, whilst at the same time promote tenant well-being. The IoT projects with CityFibre have shown how this is possible by reducing energy costs, managing humidity and planning for preventative maintenance to the HA properties, whilst at the same time helping to reduce risks associated with tenant health.