Launch of the first Digital Playground in North Wales

Date: 11/10/2018

Join us for the launch of the first Digital Playground in North Wales at Glynllifon College!

Arloesi Gwynedd Wledig, together with Gwynedd Council, are introducing the exciting opportunities that exist in Gwynedd, as we begin to develop the 'Internet of Things' for the first time using the latest LoRaWAN technology. The Internet of Things simply is about connecting devices over the internet, letting them talk to us, with applications, and with each other. LoRaWAN is the technology that is used for the network and it allows for things to talk to the internet without 3G or WiFi. It features low battery usage, long range and low bandwidth. Perfect for the internet of things.

Arloesi Gwynedd Wledig are working in partnership with Glynllifon Farm College and Gwynedd Council's enterprise 'Digital Gwynedd' to trial this new technology and to see what the potential benefits it could bring to rural communities in Gwynedd.

Rhian Hughes from Arloesi Gwynedd Wledig explains “There is huge potential for this type of technology in Gwynedd. The launch will show the relevance of Internet of Things to rural areas and the possibility of bespoke solutions to rural problems. It could tell us if we need to empty a litter bin by using a pressure / level sensor, or by using specifics sensors we could be notified if a tree has fallen or if windows and doors in a village hall have been closed! This is a practical and cost-effective technology for today, not something that is far away in the future.”

Welsh Government Leader of the House with responsibility for digital Julie James said: “It’s great to see this development at Glynllifon and the innovative use of LoRaWAN technology.  I’m pleased it has been supported by the Rural Development Programme, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.  As outlined in our Mobile Action Plan we need to support innovative and emerging technologies, particularly in rural areas, and this is very much an example of that.” 

Councillor Ioan Thomas, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for Economic Development added: “this innovative development could help to minimise some of the challenges facing rural areas such as Gwynedd, therefore strengthening – not only geographical communities - but also those other groups of which people are members: young people, businesses, the agricultural community, and communities”.

This event is aimed at a broad audience, ​​farmers, digital designers, students, businesses and the general public. If you are interested in the latest digital developments, and / or are keen to identify opportunities to take advantage of them, for the benefit of the future of our rural communities, we would encourage you to join us.

There will be an opportunity to see the sensors at work around Glynllifon Farm and there will be an opportunity to hear from experts in the field.

The emphasis of the day is to identify the benefits that this technology could offer you as stakeholders, and how the developments can be adopted across our rural communities in Gwynedd.

Join us at Glynllifon College on Friday 12th of October 2018. The session will begin at 9.30am and will finish at 3pm. Please register at

or contact Rhian Hughes on 01766 515946 or at

The project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government. It’s also part funded by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and Gwynedd Council.