Innovative smart communities IoT project powered by USMART

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Innovative smart communities IoT project powered by USMART

Sharing of real-time IoT data is the holy grail for Smart Communities projects.  It maximises the potential of these extremely valuable data sources.  The Smartline project is using UrbanTide's USMART Platform to do just that!  

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The project is being led by the University of Exeter in partnership with Coastline Housing, Volunteer Cornwall and Cornwall Council and will collect data from approximately 350 residential homes and its occupants. Data will be collected through a range of digital sensors, provided by Invisible Systems and installed in participating homes by BlueFlame. These sensors will measure a variety of environmental indicators such as air quality, temperature, humidity, water and electricity usage.  

Smartline has chosen USMART to power the integration of all of these datasets and enable data sharing and open data publication to support innovation.  

From an UrbanTide perspective, this project provides the ideal mix of innovative partners and high quality IoT data we need to illustrate the full functionality of USMART and it's ability to ingest any data type, transform and analyse data, create visualisations.  USMART will also share that data with project partners when sensitive or through removing personal and commercially sensitive data as open data to help local businesses develop new technologies and increase job opportunities in the county. 

Smartline allows USMART to illustrate its ability to provide value at every step of the data value chain. 

We are very excited to work with UrbanTide on the Smartline project. We chose USMART because of its capabilities to securely store, integrate and share any type of dataset, including real-time data. USMART will act as a central hub, managing all the data assets for the Smartline project.
— Smartline data integration officer Darren Stevens

In addition to this quantitative data, researchers from the University of Exeter will carry out qualitative surveys to assess the residents’ perceived wellbeing. Together with data collected by Coastline Housing about property types and construction, this will provide important context for the analysis of the sensor data collected by the IoT devices.

Over the next two years, Smartline will collect a wide range of real-time, batch and reference datasets which need to be stored and shared securely with project partners and researchers. Outputs from the project will also be shared as open data to enable innovation on a wider scale.

We are very excited to explore how IoT sensor data and integrated data analysis can generate new insight for our customers and our business. Using evidence-based decision making has the potential to generate great benefits for both customers and housing providers.
— Coastline Housing CEO Allister Young

Our CTO Tobi Tonner says "We are proud to support Smartline, a 3 year project funded by the European Union Regional Development Fund in order to help local businesses develop new technologies and increase job opportunities in the county. Additional funding was provided by the South West Academic Health Science Network (SW AHSN).

We are very excited to be part of this fantastic project and look forward to sharing more details over the coming months.

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Announcing Steven Revill as new CEO of UrbanTide

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We wanted to let you know that the management structure at UrbanTide is changing to take the company into the next phase of growth.

Steven Revill has taken over as CEO from October 2017. This change has been made to support UrbanTide's transition into a fully product-led business.

The team would like to thank Pippa for her leadership in taking UrbanTide from inception as a company providing smart cities services to a range of public and private sector clients, to securing our first full USMART product sales in less than three years.  Pippa will continue to play an active role in developing market traction.     

Steven’s vision for UrbanTide is to continue to develop our core product USMART, to increase the value provided to clients and to make organisations smarter through using data.  He will also seek to secure external funding to deliver rapid and scalable growth for our products and utilise his experience in developing software products with a strong market need to position USMART and build on its already excellent competitive advantages.

Steven says

“I am extremely excited by the opportunity we have in the smart cities and data marketplace and wish to thank the management and wider team for every way it has supported UrbanTide to date and in the future”.

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