2018 has opened lots of opportunity for us to focus on more data and IoT projects recently, including Staffordshire-based environmental measurement and control company Meaco.
“(Meaco provide) a range of environmental monitoring and control equipment to include data loggers, handheld devices, humidifiers, dehumidifiers and controllers”.
They specialise in providing products and services for high profile national treasures including museums, industrial archives, heritage sites and financial institutions.
Bitjam are to provide a modern solution to replace the current, soon-to-be outmoded hardware and provide effective and highly secure software. To discover more about the project, we’re using our R&D cycle to decipher the requirements, to accurately develop and test hardware and to build appropriate software with scalability in mind.
Currently we’re in the process of getting two units working in the field trial. This has involved the setup of Raspberry Pi’s with software and security configuration, and installing in two different real-situation environments such as a museum or bank.
The project is part of a longer process of working in partnership with Meaco to replace existing software to more modernised and scalable cloud-based technology.
The technology will revolutionise the way that Meaco provide high profile partner services, who deliver a mostly public sector service themselves. This boost of their services has a social benefit so it’s an appealing project to us, as it’s our preference to work in partnership with companies who have a similarly social vision.
We are working in partnership with Meaco director and system creator Michael Hall to innovate the entire system, which has given us a very hands-on experience (something we very much prefer to do at bitjam!). Together we’re working through the challenges of innovating the systems in such a way that business as usual is not affected and that clients are not disrupted during the transition.
If you have an IoT project with a social or public sector benefit and need a partner to develop both hardware and/or software, get in touch! You can drop us an email for a chat at [email protected]
Also, if you have requirements for an environmental monitoring system, we can highly recommend Meaco.
Contact Michael at [email protected]
Even as far back as 12,000 years ago, visual tools were being used to communicate data. Back then, it was cave paintings, like the ones found in the Lascaux caves in France. Carefully painted onto cave walls, drawings of star patterns were used to aid navigation at night. A slightly less sophisticated Google Maps, if you will. Ever since, we’ve continued to use visual aids to help us understand information, but today’s complex data sets require more refined tools.
Particularly in industry, we’ve been hearing a lot about big data. While it’s undeniable that all businesses generate data, the ability to organise, visualise and communicate this information is an entirely different story. Here are five steps to gaining effective insights through data.
#1 Create a strategy
A business strategy is something no modern enterprise can do without. In fact, organisations often implement similar strategies across numerous departments, with marketing, logistics and recruitment taking centre stage.
Unfortunately, the same can’t always be said for data management. To take control, an organisation must highlight what kind of data is useful to it, what tactics or software is being used to capture the information and ultimately, how it can use this data to its advantage.
#2 Educate yourself
Undoubtedly, the thought of shifting through paperwork and staring at spreadsheets fills most of us with dread, but what’s the use of collecting data if the information is left to gather dust? The more data an organisation collects, the more things it can use it for. For example, if a manufacturer discovers through data analysis that its energy efficiency has dropped substantially, it could use production data to correct the problem. Without data analysis, this issue may not have even been identified in the first place.
#3 Time to analyse
Analysing data isn’t always the long-winded, complicated procedure it’s perceived to be. Today, digital tools and software allow organisations to access and read data in much simpler ways. Analysed correctly, organisational data can be used to identify new business models, influence organisational decisions and improve operations. It just takes a little patience.
#4 Let’s get visual
While it’s true that traditional spreadsheets, graphs and charts are an option, they certainly aren’t the most engaging. When it comes to data visualisation, there are numerous options out there for organisations to use, both free and paid for. Online tool Tableau for example, offers drag and drop data analysis, enabling organisations to connect and visualise data in a matter of minutes.
#5 Teach everybody else
By simplifying and visualising data, you’re already on the right track to engaging your employees, customers and stakeholders. What’s important is that you take this organisational information and use it to tell a story or solve a problem. From there you can discuss the findings, take suggestions and implement the appropriate changes.
By taking your visual reports and making them accessible online, or on your company intranet you can encourage KPIs, set new business models and even highlight flaws in the current structure of the business; none of which would be possible without data collection and visualisation.
For many organisations, data isn’t just big, it’s huge. As data becomes more complicated, visualisation and communication must become simpler. Bitjam can help your organisation create intelligent and informative reports using interactive technology. Ultimately, helping you to engage and communicate with your staff, stakeholders and customers, without a spreadsheet – or cave painting – in sight.
bITjAM will use its design and programming skills to disseminate the results of a SUCCEED research project that aims to educate the general public on cybercrime. bITjAM will be creating and distributing infographics on behalf of the project team, which is being led by Staffordshire University, in collaboration with Newcastle University. The Midlands based company is hoping to educate public and private sector entities on how to minimise acts of terrorism and cybercrime across the UK.
The scale of the project means the information collected will be complex and multifaceted. bITjAM’s data to intelligence service makes data more accessible, understandable and usable, enabling businesses to make informed decisions in relation to cybercrime and terrorism threats.
bITjAM’s efforts will also focus on digital engagement with organisations across the sectors most affected by cybercrime and terrorism. This involves working alongside the project’s web developers to maximise the use of the project website.
The SUCCEED project is currently in its first phase, which aims to acquire the views of employers, particularly those working in the provision of systems supporting national critical infrastructure. Four full afternoon workshops have been organised with the goal of identifying the key threats employees should be aware of, as well as the digital skills required to deal with said threats.
“Our role in the project is to design data visualisations that share the findings in an appealing and clear way for management and staff alike,” explains Carl Plant, CEO of bITjAM. “Many employers have extremely busy schedules, so they don’t have time to read through a full research report. However, it is still important for them to be aware of the dangers and to take safety measures.
“The threat of cyberattacks targeting critical infrastructure is a global concern,” continues Plant. “There is a major risk to services such as electricity and gas, schools and hospitals, railways and airports caused by deliberate sabotage and terrorist attacks. bITjAM is working with SUCCEED to make people aware of existing threats.”