Cambridge wants to become a hyper-connected U.K. city, providing robust internet access county wide at both the public and private level. In order to become that hyper-connected city, Cambridge first needs to find those places where wireless and wireline access needs improvement or simply isn’t available. That’s where OpenSignal is lending a hand.
OpenSignal is working with Cambridge Ahead to help the local community test mobile and Wifi network availability and speeds. By enlisting the help of everyday residents, Cambridge Ahead hopes to crowdsource a detailed map of the connectivity infrastructure of the city and surrounding areas. In particular, it wants to identify all of the “notspots” where getting a signal or an internet connection is impossible.
Cambridge Ahead is enlisting the local residents and workers to become CambsNotspotters, ferreting out these data dead zones. In this interview with the BBC, one of our co-founders Sam Westwood explains how Notspotters can use the OpenSignal app to perform their sleuthing, while Connecting Cambridge chair Faye Holland details the scope and aims of the project:
While Cambridge is working with OpenSignal for the mobile component, it’s also teamed up with Think Broadband to test home and business broadband connections. The organization is also encouraging Notspotters to log into free public Wifi services offered in public buildings and by U.K. provider The Cloud.