Connected products are changing the way we live, work and play. The Internet of Things presents magnificent possibilities to rethink products, compete in new markets and create extraordinary customer experiences. Our starting point in developing smart products is exploring and understanding the potential for innovation that the idea has, and how the data it generates can be transformed into value to the user and a competitive advantage for the manufacturer.
The connected nature of a smart product means that we must develop all aspects of the product system too. From the sensor technologies and electronics through to the algorithms, APIs, cloud data processing services, and software that make it possible to use and analyse the data, integrate third-party data, automate functions and personalise products.
We work with both established wireless technologies such as WiFi, 2/3/4G and Bluetooth Low Energy (LE), and new open wireless protocols like LoRa, ZigBee and Thread that connect smart devices in a decentralized mesh network. Then there are ultra-narrowband technologies like SIGFOX, which is developing a global cellular Internet of Things network.
These new technologies are expanding the possibilities for the Internet of Things every day. They are low-power and are making it possible to create low-cost city-wide, country-wide or global networks of ‘things’.
Big news at the Central Research LaboratoryJune 5, 2017
I was in London last week and decided to pop along to an event at the CRL (Maker Connections) in Hayes and Harrington. What with Cross Rail and mega development, the area is changing faster than a Lean Startup. It was great to catch up with Mat Hunter (mega experienced hardware developer) and also a previous NDP mentor, Mandy Nyarko, who is ...
NDP CEO Jacob Skinner is Riding For CharityMay 25, 2017
So I have signed up to ride from Paris to London next month in aid of charity ‘Room to Read’. Room to Read targets a fundamental solution to many of the worlds problems, that of education. By establishing schooling for girls and children across the developing world, Room to Read have supported over 10 million kids worldwide. This 3 day 320km ...
What are the trends for Wearable Tech?April 3, 2017
Hopes were high for a wearable tech boom in 2016. The burgeoning market was poised to capitalise on the widespread adoption of ever smarter smartphones. However, at the end of 2016, some of the industry players who had been at the forefront of both brand and device awareness have either left the wearables scene or struggled to maintain a profitable ...