The name for this network stands for Urban Multi Wireless Broadband and IoT (Internet of Things) Testing for Local Authority and Industrial Applications.

About the UMBRELLA network

The UMBRELLA network launched in October 2021. It provides an open research and development testbed, that can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection.

It supports entrepreneurs, researchers, applications, solutions and hardware developers to develop and test their ideas and allows them to de-risk investment through a process of technology validation and business model testing.

The network creates a bridge between lab development and commercial deployment.

UMBRELLA connects South Gloucestershire’s five innovation hubs: Bristol & Bath Science Park, National Composites Centre at Emersons Green, the University of the West of England, Bristol Robotics Lab, and Future Space.

UMBRELLA is already being used to address real-world challenges, including:

  • tackling air quality in urban areas
  • remote maintenance monitoring
  • developing the robotics solutions of the future
  • testing Internet of Things devices using a real-world environment
  • enhancing warehouse and factory operations using private 5G networks

You can also watch a video to find out more about UMBRELLA.


The UMBRELLA network has been built using funding from the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Local Growth Fund which is administered by the West of England Combined Authority, and investment by Toshiba Europe Ltd – Bristol Research Innovation Lab.

More information

For more information visit the UMBRELLA website or email

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