Around the time the 2020 COVID lockdown started we had a spate of burglaries in our neighbourhood. Not super smart or successful as nearly everyone was at home, so the chap found himself getting chased down the street on more than one occasion – but it was unsettling nevertheless.
When lockdown happened, all of our local government work evaporated – it was humbling to realise how little the promise of smart cities mattered at that point in time, and I think a great number of talented teccies had to cope with a collapsing ego and recognise what the really important work was. Suddenly nurses, carers, corner shops and postal workers were in the headlines and the rest of us could only applaud their efforts at keeping us going.
With most of our work disappearing I had to decide what to do with my developers, Traecy and Vil. Rather than furlough them I thought that maybe we could do something to help our neighbourhood.
This post looks back at our work to create a county-wide LoRaWAN network and our two biggest smart city / smart community projects of 2020 – Falls prevention system for older people, and MyWay student safety.
Thingitude selected as Thames Valley tech and digital future maker inConnectTVT’s 50 Game Changers 2020 cohort
02 March 2020: Thingitude has been selected in ConnectTVT’s 50 Game Changers 2020 cohort. It joins the Thames Valley’s breakthrough tech and digital startups and scaleups, making global impact in their industries through market-changing technologies, innovation and world-class talent.
Thingitude delivers community-focused “Internet of Things” projects,
and over the last year it has been working to prevent falls among older people
in West Berkshire and to help women students feel safer walking home at night
Two years ago we ran a very successful project over the summer holidays with 4 students from UTC Reading. This summer I’m pleased to say we have another opportunity, and are looking to find 2-3 students to work with us in Reading for 2 days/week over the summer holidays. We will pay you – it is proper work!