Purple Flag award for Reading, and honorable mention for MyWay

Purple Flag logo and banner that says "Painting the town purple: excellence in managing the evening and night-time economy"

Every reasonable sized town wants a thriving Evening and Night Time Economy. But wanting one and having one are not the same thing. There are lots of factors to consider.

One vital factor is how safe the town feels to the paying public.

Purple Flag is an international accreditation to reward those towns that achieve vibrant and thriving night time economies, and it strives toย help create safe and thriving locations at night for all users.

Reading has recently achieved Purple Flag status and I’m delighted that our MyWay personal safety app played a part:

๐Ÿ’œ “The work on safety is a fantastic highlight in this submission, in particular the My Way Reading app. The features showing which areas are better lit and how busy streets are can really assist people travelling in the ENTE [Evening and Night Time Economy), allowing them to choose a route they feel most comfortable with. Great work here!” ๐Ÿ’œ

This is great news for Reading, and real evidence that co-designing IoT solutions with the community can deliver real, tangible benefits for the town and the people who live and work there.

We’d love to see MyWay helping people across the UK feel safer in their town and city centres, especially after dark. If your local authority / BID wants that too, then we’d love to chat.

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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Workshops by the sea

Student vigorously shaking a motion sensor

Our love affair with Wales continues!

For quite a while now Thingitude has been helping colleagues in the Welsh Assembly understand and promote the benefits of LoRaWAN as an IoT network for rural areas. Over the last few months our combined efforts are beginning to bear fruit.

Recently Thingitude was commissioned to run two 2-day workshops at MITEC in Milford Haven, one the western tip of the Pembrokeshre coast Continue reading “Workshops by the sea”

LoraWAN shield for BBC micro:bit

Richard Ibbotson from rLab – Reading’s hackspace – has made a LoraWAN shield for the BBC micro:bit which connects to The Things Network!

You can read all about his excellent project here: https://hackaday.io/project/12164-just-do-iot

Richard's LoraWAN shield next to a BBC micro:bit

Richard’s LoraWAN shield next to a BBC micro:bit