IoT & Waste Management: Discover More at the RWM Resource Revolution

Alliot & BrighterBins join IoT & Waste Management

We’re partnering with BrighterBins to demonstrate the benefits of IoT and waste management at the RWM Resource Revoloution show later this week. Taking place at the NEC, Birmingham on 22nd and 23rd September, we’ve summarised what you can expect from the show.

What is the RWM Resource Revolution, and why should I attend?

The RWM Resource Revolution is the UK’s largest recycling, resource and waste management event. Featuring over 100 expert speakers and over 500 exhibitors, the show brings together experts from the waste management, resource and recycling industries.

Sustainability is a hot topic right now, and many companies and organisations are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint. The RWM event provides a platform for the latest technologies, practices and innovations, making it a great place to learn more about the latest topics, trends and solutions in the industry.

BrighterBins & Alliot at the RWM

As the UK’s sole distributor for BrighterBins, we will be partnering with them on stand 5-U160 at the RWM Resource Revolution show. With their innovative waste management solution, BrighterBins join together IoT and waste management to provide a truly unique, smart solution. The simple to install device operates by a wireless LoRaWAN® network, and is designed to optimise your waste collections. Adaptable to suit a wide range of bins, the BrighterBins waste management solution can be used to:

  • Prevent overflowing bins, helping to keep towns and cities clean
  • Optimise collection routes
  • Reduce CO2 emissions
  • Reduce costs

With a battery life of up to 8 years (dependent on transmission rates) the BrighterBins smart waste solution is open-API compatible, enabling you to integrate it with any third-party platform.

IoT offers some huge benefits when it comes to optimising your operational efficiencies. To arrange a meeting with us at the show or to find out more about improving your sustainability with IoT get in touch with our expert team.

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How To Build Your Own BMS Control System

Technology-based solutions have been used to control and monitor equipment in buildings for years. With IoT there’s so much more we can now add to create a more intelligent building management system. Learn how you can create your own BMS control system with Alliot & Wattsense.

BMS control systems provide a range of benefits for Facility Managers and companies alike. Most commonly used to monitor and control a building’s electrical and mechanical equipment such as office equipment, lighting, heating and ventilation. Building Management Systems can be used to:

  • Improve energy efficiencies
  • Make savings
  • Increase staff productivity
  • Improve overall working conditions
  • Reduce Carbon emissions

Up until now, many BMS control systems operate under a technology known as BACnet (Building Automation Control and Network). BACnet is one of the most widely used protocols for automation control – helping you to tie together systems such as security and ventilation to develop a BMS client capable of controlling and monitoring connected entities.

These systems provide a great deal of functionality to existing BMS. But what if we could take this to the next level and create even more intelligent Building Management Systems?

Meet the Wattsense Range


Wattsense’s gateways enable you to connect your existing BMS systems to other protocols to create your own BMS control system. Opening up a whole world of opportunities, with these gateways you can connect any of our LoRaWAN® sensors to your existing BACnet system with minimal disruption. The Wattsense range support the connection of a total of 13 different protocols meaning you can monitor and control devices altogether in one place.

Wattsense Box or Hub – What’s the Difference?

There are two versions of WattSense’s gateway available. Depending on how you wish to control and monitor your intelligent Building Management System will help you to select the best device for you.

The Wattsense Box is centrally managed which enables you to configure and maintain the device over the internet using Wattsense’s cloud platform. This can be particularly useful for Facility Management companies who may manage a portfolio of buildings across multiple locations.

The Wattsense Hub, on the other hand is a stand alone device that does not require an internet connection. The Hub can be managed on-site via USB. This device is better suited to those looking to create a stand alone BMS control system.

What can LoRaWAN sensors bring to my BMS?

The possibilities are endless! Maybe your existing system has highlighted an area where energy costs are higher, but you don’t have enough information to identify why. In this instance, you could use the NKE Smart Plug to monitor and control power to devices which may be left running out of hours.

Or perhaps you want to add a new element to your BMS and optimise waste collections.

Whatever you are looking to add to your Building Management Systems we can help. Contact our team today for free expert advice on integrating IoT into your BMS systems.

LoRaWAN Network Management – Why use Kerlink Wanesy?

LoRaWAN Network Management is no simple task. With the potential of having hundreds, even thousands of devices connected to your network, there are various implications which are worth considering. We’ve compiled a short blog to help you identify the benefits that Kerlink Wanesy Management Centre could offer you.

Kerlink Wanesy Management Centre

LoRaWAN® networks are free to use, but there are numerous other costs you should take into account. If you are using free-to-use software there will still be costs involved; you will need to learn how it works, maintain it and support it. If you are setting up a private LoRaWAN® network, no matter how small, you are effectively becoming a radio network operator for your customers. The infrastructure of your networks include:

  • The physical gateways
  • The back haul from the gateways to the internet
  • The LoRaWAN® network server

If any part of this infrastructure has a problem, your entire system will stop working which could unravel even more problems for you!

It’s important you have the right support behind you when problems occur. With Kerlink Wanesy (or any other commercial LNS), you are outsourcing this support burden to Alliot and Kerlink.

Network management is often overlooked by end users, this is a key factor to the failure of IoT solutions at the proof of concept stage.

What is Kerlink Wanesy?

Kerlink’s Wanesy Management Centre can be thought as being two things; 1. a LoRaWAN Network Server and 2. Remote Gateway Management.

Kerlink’s Wanesy LoRaWAN network server implements the LoRaWAN protocol and acts as an essential piece of middleware. This is comparable to other products such as Chirpstack, The Things Network and to some extent, LORIOT.

Remote Gateway Management

The Gateway Management element is something that is currently unique to Kerlink. It provides a central, web-based client where you can remotely access your deployed gateways wherever they may. Regardless of how your devices are connected to the internet, you can access them with Kerlink Wanesy. This means you can even access gateways using 3G or 4G SIM cards. With these devices, the gateway establishes a VPN between itself and Wanesy. With this unique feature, you can perform firmware upgrades and diagnose problems remotely without having to make site visits.

Alerting System

Kerlink’s intuitive Wanesy LoRaWAN Network Management also features an alerting system. This enables you to identify potential problems early and monitor the performance of sensors and gateways on your network.

Security

Security of IoT systems is a hot topic. Kerlink Wanesy allows you to deploy a secure platform in the following ways:

  • Hardened OpenVPN configuration and certificate authentication help to ensure secure communication between gateways and the server.
  • Both the server and gateway software are centrally managed and are thoroughly tested by Kerlink’s developers making it simple for you to keep software up to date.
  • Alerting lets you know about potential problems before they cause too much disruption.

Kerlink’s Wanesy Management Centre also offers a competitive commercial offering. Unlike other LNS options, Kerlink Wanesy offers you low on-boarding fees, and is cost based on the number of gateways, not sensors.

Contact our expert team today to discuss the best LoRaWAN Network Services for your solutions.

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Take Remote Control with NKE’s LoRaWAN Smart Plug

Remote Control Plug

We’ve had lots of requests for a UK variant of a LoRaWAN® Smart Plug. Up until now, these have been hard to come by… make way for the new NKE UK LoRaWAN® Smart Plug! Now it’s here, we’d like to share some of the key features and benefits of this hotly anticipated LoRaWAN® sensor with you.

What is the NKE Smart Plug?

Typically speaking, a Smart Plug is a small adapter that is plugged into a regular electrical wall outlet. Smart Plugs enable you to remotely control connected devices or appliances.

The NKE Smart Plug connects to a public or private LoRaWAN® network to enable you to remotely control connected devices. It also monitors power consumption and power quality measurements such as average/min/max voltage (rms/peak) and frequency.

Uses of Remote Control Plugs

There are many uses for remote control plugs. The NKE Smart Plug is CE certified and is ideal for both domestic and commercial environments. Some example use cases include:

  • Remotely manage the operation of common household electrical appliances
  • Identify areas for improving energy efficiencies
  • Reduce carbon footprints in large office environments by identifying and remotely controlling equipment which may be left running
  • Save money on energy bills in empty premises where appliances may still be connected to power
  • Remotely schedule the hours you want devices to be connected to power with remote power scheduling

We work closely with our partners to help you access the products you need. Our close working relationships with some of the world’s leading manufacturers enable us to help you source and develop the products you require. If there’s something missing from your project contact our expert team to find out how we can help.

Alliot Strike Gold with RAKwireless

Alliot - RAKwireless Gold Partner

We’re delighted to have announced our new partnership with RAKwireless this week. Our new agreement sees Alliot receive the Gold-Level Value Added Reseller status. Find out more about our latest partner news in this short blog.

Who are RAKwireless?

RAK are pioneers in providing innovative and diverse cellular and LoRa connectivity solutions for IoT edge devices. Established in Shenzen, China, in 2014, RAK’s mission is to develop and supply advanced IoT technology and services to the market.

Working together

Our new partnership with RAK sees us add the entire range of IoT sensors and gateways to our portfolio.

“At RAK we value diversity. We collaborate with different partners and we invest time to talk to our partners to understand their unique requirements and help them to realise the business models they need. Our partnership with Alliot strengthens our ideal of working together with partners, no matter how big or small, to accelerate IoT industry progress.”

Ken Yu, CEO of RAKwireless

Alliot Become Kerlink Gold Partner

Alliot become Kerlink Gold Partner

We’re delighted to have been awarded the Gold Partner Status by Kerlink. Find out more about our recent accreditation in this short blog.

Who are Kerlink?

Based in France, Kerlink is a fast-growing, global brand. Their main focus is around gateways and their industry-leading Wanesy network server. Kerlink’s offering supports the design, launch and operation of many IoT solutions. As founding and board members of the LoRa Alliance, they are leaders in their field.

Operating a tiered partner system, Kerlink base their partner statuses on company performance.

Growth for Alliot & Kerlink

Alliot first became a Kerlink partner in October 2019. Since then our sales and business has gone from strength to strength, helping us to achieve the Kerlink gold partner status!

Despite the challenges we’ve all faced over the past 12 months, we’ve been lucky to have worked with many of our partners to deliver some really innovative projects. Kerlink’s products play a pivotal role in our offering, helping to bring solutions to life. With LoRaWAN gateways for indoor and outdoor use, the Wanesy management centre and the Wanesy Wave tracking solution, Kerlink are an important asset to any IoT set up.

We look forward to further developing our relationship throughout 2021 and growing Kerlink business throughout the UK and Europe.

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Get Started with Alliot’s IoT Starter Packs

Here at Alliot, we know that it’s not always straight forward to adopt new technologies. The Internet of Things provides an endless amount of possibilities, but realising the actual capabilities can be a hurdle for some. We’ve developed a new range of IoT starter kits all designed to help you gain that all important seal of approval.

Created with local authorities in mind, our Smart Town and City IoT starter packs have been carefully constructed to enable you to illustrate the benefits IoT can bring to your applications. Covering areas such as air quality monitoring, irrigation, pest control and people/traffic counting our packs are ideal for those looking to get started in IoT, helping you to quickly demonstrate the possibilities LoRaWAN® can bring to your projects.

Available in three different variants, our IoT starter packs consist of the following hardware.

  Smart Town and City Bronze IoT Starter Pack
BRONZE
Smart Town and City Silver IoT Starter Pack
SILVER
Smart Town and City Gold IoT Starter Pack
GOLD
Occupancy
Air Quality
(Indoor)

(Indoor)

(Outdoor)
Pest Control
Smart Parking
Smart Utilities
Smart Parks
Smart Waste
Flood Alert
Asset Tracking
Legionella Monitoring
Gateway
(Indoor)

(Outdoor)

(Outdoor)

All of our Smart Town and Cities IoT Starter Packs are supplied with 3 months access to Kerlink’s Wanesy Management Centre and 3 months complimentary use of City Nexus’ visualisation tool*.

*Use of City Nexus’ dashboard service after initial 3 month introductory offer will be charged annually on a license-based service.

What does LoRaWAN® offer to Smart Towns & Cities?

LoRaWAN® networks are now widely available across many towns and cities throughout the world. These networks are accessible to all and offer a low power, wide area network meaning the sensors you deploy can transmit data to connected gateways over an area of up to 10 kms. This enables you to deploy various sensors throughout your area. Your deployed sensors could be monitoring different parameters, but they can all communicate to the same gateway. Recorded data is then transmitted via a LoRaWAN® network to your chosen analytics dashboard. From the dashboard, you can then visualise the data, identify potential issues and action the appropriate response.

What’s more, LoRaWAN® devices can be integrated with your existing infrastructure without the need to run expensive cabling – minimising disruption.

Data recorded by LoRaWAN® IoT Sensors can be used by local authorities to:

  • Raise alerts to unusual patterns in data eg. air pollution levels.
  • Improve operational efficiencies and streamline processes such as waste management programmes.
  • Make more informed decisions and allow different departments to collaborate and share information securely.
  • Create a reliable, automated process to ensure data records are always maintained and kept up to date.

The Benefits of IoT Starter Packs

IoT Starter kits are a great way to quickly demonstrate and test your IoT solutions before scaling them to fit your projects. Compiled of industry leading hardware and access to a visualisation platform, our proof of concept kits are an excellent place to get started. Along with our Smart Town and City starter packs, we also offer a range of proof of concept kits and can work with you to develop your very own bespoke solution.

Ready to Scale Your Solution? We’re Here to Help.

Our expert team are on hand to assist you every step of the way. From proof of concept, to sensor suitability and deployment, our specialists can help you to bring your IoT projects to life.

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Join Alliot at The Things Conference 2021

With just under two weeks to go until the world’s largest LoRaWAN event goes live, we’ve been taking a look at what the event has to offer. Find out why we think The Things Conference 2021 is this year’s must attend event.

Having sponsored The Things Conference in Amsterdam last year, we were incredibly impressed with the quality of the content provided throughout the event. We won’t be jumping on a place to Amsterdam this year unfortunately, but with a new virtual approach it’s expected the event will attract over 15,000 IoT professionals from around the world! Taking place from 25th – 29th January 2021, this year’s Things Conference is set to be a great event jam packed with the latest news, products and tech developments.

Top 5 Reasons to Attend The Things Conference 2021

  1. Hear from some of the world’s leading experts about the truth behind creating LoRaWAN solutions. Discover what can cause the biggest headaches, and how to avoid the biggest pitfalls.

  2. The Things Conference 2021 is a content-led event, aiming to provide insightful, educational information to inspire its attendees. All attendees can access a wide variety of workshops, presentations and demos to help you to develop your LoRaWAN knowledge. Our very own Technical Director, Paul Hayes will be hosting a workshop on what to look for when choosing your LoRaWAN devices. Join him on Monday 25th January at 3:45 pm to hear more.

    The full conference schedule can be viewed on The Things Conference 2021 website.


  3. Discover the latest LoRaWAN products on The Things Conference 2021 Wall of Fame. Featuring the latest and greatest IoT hardware, the virtual Wall of Fame provides all the vital information you need to know about the newest LoRaWAN products.

  4. The Internet of Things Podcaster, Stacey Higginbotham will be hosting a series of interviews throughout the conference. Tune in to hear our Business Development Manager, Robert Ferriday’s top tips for ensuring practical LoRaWAN deployments.

  5. Connecting with others in the industry can be difficult under the current COVID-19 restrictions. With curated matchmaking and online networking areas, you can be sure you’ll be connected to the people most suited to your requirements. It’s also a great opportunity to join small groups to discuss specific LoRaWAN topics with like-minded individuals.

Registration couldn’t be easier, simply register online today to start planning your schedule for The Things Conference 2021. For a 20% discount on your ticket price enter our discount code: TTC2021-FRIEND-OF-ALLIOT at the checkout.

We hope you’ll be able to join us! To schedule a meeting with a member of our team please get in touch.

Alliot Christmas Opening Times

As we approach the end of the year, we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year. We will be operating a reduced service over the festive period, here’s more details of Alliot’s 2020 Christmas opening times.

Our team will be on hand to help throughout the festive period, but please note we will be operating a reduced service which may increase waiting times for responses.

Date Opening Hours
Thursday 24th December 09:00 – 13:00
Friday 25th December CLOSED
Monday 28th December CLOSED
Tuesday 29th December 10:00 – 16:00
Wednesday 30th December 10:00 – 16:00
Thursday 31st December 10:00 – 16:00
Friday 1st January CLOSED
Monday 4th January 09:00 – 17:30

2020 has been a challenging year for us all, but thanks to your support we have achieved some great things. Over the past year, we have more than doubled our product offering, achieved new distribution statuses enabling us to bring you the latest IoT innovations, and assisted an endless number of businesses in creating innovative LoRaWAN solutions.

Orders will continue to be shipped throughout this period, if you require a specific service please contact a member of our team to discuss your options. We look forward to working with you in the New Year!

Alliot’s Shortlisted in the 2020 IoT Global Awards!

It’s celebrations all round for the Alliot Team. Following the recent shortlist announcement for the 2020 IoT Global Awards, we’re ecstatic to join the creme de la creme of the IoT world.

What are the IoT Global Awards?

The IoT Global Awards are one of the industry’s most prestigious awards programs. Designed to honour the most innovative companies, products and individual talent across a range of 11 different categories.

Start-up, Business Development or Ecosystem of the Year

We are delighted to have been shortlisted in the Start-up, Business Development or Ecosystem of the Year category. As a relatively young company, we have successfully accelerated our company over the last 18 months to provide a unique offering unlike any other, but what is it exactly that makes us different?

  • We hold direct relationships with many of the world’s leading device manufacturers and software developers.
  • We enable you to pick and choose the devices and services you need to bring your project to life.
  • Our expert team are on hand to assist you with every step of your journey. From conception to commercial deployment we have an incredibly knowledgeable team ready to help.
  • We hold stock of many of the devices we supply meaning you don’t have long wait times to get your project up and running.
  • Through our provisioning services, we are able to ship items direct to site ready to plug & play, already configured to work the way you want them to.
  • Over the last 12 months, we successfully delivered 169 projects to customers throughout the UK and Europe. We are dedicated to making IoT accessible to all, and strive to continue to bring more world-class devices and services to our partners.

    As with many things this year, there will be no physical event this year. Award winners will instead be announce virtually on 19th November. The entire Alliot Team would like to congratulate all finalists and wish everyone the very best of luck!