Meet Traecy!

One of the big benefits of winning a project like the Falls Prevention System is that it has allowed us to grow the team, which is exactly the point of the Local Growth Fund.

I started my career in IT at 18 and am eternally grateful that a business was willing to take a chance on me, and I would like to do the same for other people. Thingitude has worked with students every summer since 2016 with great success and so it feels natural to hire a student as a full time trainee.

Say hello to our newest team member, Traecy!

Please meet Traecy Elezi, our new trainee programmer. She has just passed her 3 month probation period with flying colours and is a fully fledged member of the team.

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Falls Prevention System

Earlier this year the Thames Valley Berkshire Smart City Cluster launched a set of challenges which they wanted local businesses to tackle, and provided funding to bring these projects to life.

One of our bids won the competition and we are busy working away with our partners IoT Stars and Tendertec on our offering to help reduce the number of falls suffered by older people in West Berkshire. It is a fact of life that as we get into our senior years people tend to fall more often, and the injuries are more profound and recovery takes longer.

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Game Changers!

Mike and I were absolutely delighted to pick up a 50 Game Changers award last week for our work with IoT in the Thames Valley region!
Here’s our grinning faces:

This is as cool and good looking as we get!

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Digital Playground in Wales

The Welsh Government has some really switched on people who understand IoT technology and are excited at the potential benefits of LPWAN for businesses and people in the many rural areas of Wales. They have been raising awareness across the country and Thingitude has delivered workshops and spoken at meetings to help de-mystify technology like LoRaWAN and get businesses excited about how it could benefit them.

One of our bigger projects this year has been in North Wales. Funded by Menter Mon and working with Gwynedd Council and Glynllifon Agricultural College, we have been helping to turn the Glynllifon estate into a “Digital Playground” where local businesses (and individuals) can see a range of sensors connected to an engaging and interactive web application via The Things Network. They can also experiment with, build and install their own sensors and add them into the web application.

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Things Connected for Local Authorities

One of the big projects of the last year has been running an innovation programme for Digital Catapult and four Local Authorities – Croydon, Suffolk, Sutton and Thurrock. The innovation programme was part of the Catapult’s excellent ThingsConnected programme – which aims to stimulate more UK interest in LPWAN, because we are woefully behind some of our European neighbours.

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The innovative UK businesses involved in the programme

Each of the councils put forward a specific challenge, and the idea was to invite UK businesses to work with the councils to understand the challenges in more depth, and then propose solutions to the challenges using LPWAN technology – LoRaWAN, Nwave, Sigfox, etc. The winning ideas would then be implemented in the borough for a live trial. Continue reading “Things Connected for Local Authorities”