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!

Using the Kentix SmartXcan with Access Control Systems

The Kentix SmartXcan has been helping to keep our team safe during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Paired with an access control system, you too can create a smart solution which can limit access for people whom’s body temperature may be higher, helping to reduce the risk of transmission. We’ve taken a look at access control systems and how the Kentix SmartXcan can integrate with your existing infrastructure.

Buildings have made use of access control systems for decades. Hospitals, care homes, apartment blocks, office buildings, public buildings, anywhere you can think of there is likely an access control system in place. These access control systems are in place to ensure that the right people can access the right areas of a building, and that the wrong people cannot.

However, with the rise of COVID-19, an access control system based only on access permissions may no longer be enough. This is where the new SmartXcan unit from Kentix comes in.

How can the Kentix SmartXcan help?

Because of the pandemic, not only is there now a concern of whether the correct people are allowed access to a building, there is also the concern of whether that person is likely to spread a disease that they are not even aware they are carrying. This is why Kentix have designed the SmartXcan to not only act as a stand-alone unit to advise the user whether or not they have a fever – the first symptom of a viral infection in 90% of cases – but to also integrate with an access control system through its multiple interfaces.

Using anonymous readings via its thermal imaging camera, and deleting them quickly after reading, allows the SmartXcan to be fully GDPR-compliant, and using contactless technology it removes the concern of itself being a surface for COVID-19 to spread.

The SmartXcan can either use webhooks to send a HTTP signal to a network-based access control system whenever it scans someone, or use its digital outputs to wire into a legacy system and say “this person is fine, let them in if they are authorised” or “this person has a fever, do not let them in, even if they are authorised”.

With stock readily available, the Kentix SmartXcan provides an ideal solution to help protect those who are unable to work from home. For assistance with developing your IoT solutions and integrating devices with your existing equipment get in touch to discuss your requirements.

Combat Legionella with IoT

Legionella compliance has long been a legal requirement in commercial buildings. With an increased number of unoccupied premises throughout 2020, it’s predicted that there could be a heightened risk of Legionnaires disease. Discover how we can help you create a remote Legionella monitoring solution with LoRaWAN.

What is Legionella?

Legionnaires, or Legionella disease is a bacteria that grows in stagnant water. A form of pneumonia with symptoms such as: cough, shortness of breath, high fever, muscle pains, and headaches. With many commercial buildings currently unoccupied due to Covid-19 Virus, facility and building managers run the risk of returning to contaminated water. Since the water left in the pipes of the building provides the ideal breeding ground for bacteria to grow. Legionella is typically contracted by airborne bacteria and testing for Legionella is a legal requirement for commercial buildings.

There are many factors to take into consideration when assessing the risk of legionella within a building system, say the HSE’s advice. One of which is monitoring the water temperature in all or some parts of the plumbing system. Guidance from the HSE states that water stored at temperatures between 20 – 45°C encourages bacteria growth.

How can IoT help combat Legionella?

Usually the testing for legionella requires manual human interaction, however with IoT you are able to remotely monitor your legionella risk through the use of specialist LoRaWAN sensors. With IoT you can keep accurate records without human error or gaps in the temperature monitoring. There’s also the added bonus that all monitoring and control can be carried out remotely helping to reduce the risk to onsite personnel, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Simply connect the LoRaWAN sensors to the equipment you wish to monitor. This is easily done because of their non invasive nature. Then connect the devices to your LoRaWAN gateway and your user dashboard and that’s it. The IoT sensor will send data straight to your dashboard in timed intervals you have set. These can be changed if your prefer more or less readings in a time frame. Allowing you to visual see the data being collected and take action.

NETVOX R718CK2 LORAWAN 2-GANG THERMOCOUPLE SENSOR

The Netvox LoRaWAN thermocouple temperature sensor measures two points simultaneously to gauge changes in temperature. Two probes are attached to the outside of the desired outlets you would wish to monitor. Readings are then sent to a centralised monitoring system via a LoRaWAN gateway at pre-configured intervals. Allowing you to remotely monitor the temperature to maintain records and monitor the risk of Legionella. Pair with the Strega Smart Valve to remotely control the flow of water.

STREGA SMART VALVE

The Strega Smart Water Valve uses LoRaWAN technology to give you remote control over the operation of valves. With the ability to remotely open or close connected valves, minimising waste and being Legionella compliant are some of the benefits to the Strega Smart Valve. Available in a variety of sizes to fit any and all existing pipe work, the Strega Smart Valve can also come with a separate emitter for difficult and hard to reach areas.

All of our LoRaWAN sensors feature ultra low power consumption as well as extended battery life. Once installed, the IoT system can be configured to alert you to any potential issues that arise in your workplace/premises.

For additional ideas as to how IoT sensors can help to monitor potential risks to your business, why not explore our Covid-19 & beyond solutions

How can IoT help with Ventilation in the Workplace?

Ventilation in the workplace with Alliot Technologies

Ventilation has long been a requirement in the workplace. Now, as we head into winter ventilation is more important than ever in helping to create a COVID-secure workplace. We’ve taken a look at the latest guidance and how LoRaWAN air quality sensors could help.

It’s outlined by the HSE that all workplaces need an adequate supply of fresh air. This is often achieved naturally from doors and windows, or can be controlled through HVAC systems. But, as we enter into the colder months, having windows and doors open is not always practical (least not in the UK!). What’s more, with the added complication of COVID-19, there’s now even more reason to ensure air flow rates are maintained at the recommended rate.

The WHO has reported that HVAC systems can both positively and negatively affect the risk of pathogen spread. Re-circulation of air is not recommended. If air is being circulated, it is recommended that filters are cleaned regularly. This is where IoT can come in.

Meet the enLink Status-AF

Monitor ventilation in the workplace with the enLink Status-AF

The enLink Status-AF LoRaWAN air flow sensor is specially designed to monitor and ensure recommended air flow rates. It can be easily installed into the area you wish to monitor, with no interference to any existing equipment you may have running. Recorded data is then transmitted to your chosen dashboard via a LoRaWAN gateway. Alerts can be pre-configured to be automatically raised if ari flow rates are outside of your set parameters, enabling you to take quick action if it’s required.

Protection Against Your Investment

Despite its importance right now, ventilation in the workplace is here to stay. Using IoT in monitoring your air flow rates can help to create a COVID-secure workplace, but it can also be useful to:

Creating an Intelligent Building Management System with IoT

Our wide range of sensors can be applied to an endless variety of applications. In fact, sometimes it can be a little overwhelming deciphering what sensors to apply to your project. To help, we’ve created a case study to demonstrate how you may apply some of our LoRaWAN devices to create an intelligent business management system.

We often find that our customers know what issues they want to solves, but don’t always know how to address these. Our expert team are on hand to assist your with the planning, design and implementation of your IoT projects.

One of the beauties of LoRaWAN is that it can be implemented with minimal cost and disruption. LoRaWAN operates on its own network meaning you don’t have to disrupt any of your existing infrastructure. It also offers a scalable solution to enable you to expand your measurement points as/when your project expands.

Smart Buildings with Alliot

When creating this case study, we began by thinking about three key factors you may wish to address when creating an intelligent building management system, for this purpose we selected:

  • Workplace safety
  • Creating optimal working conditions for staff members
  • Optimising overall efficiencies

These three objectives are often at the forefront of many building/facilities managers agendas. Many want to improve the overall environment of their buildings for staff well being, as well as making savings by improving operational efficiencies. Whatever your objectives, we know that in order to be commercially deployable, your solutions need to offer a positive return on your investment.

The next step we made was to apply the objectives to our chosen application of intelligent BMS’. We put ourselves into the shoes of an office worker (we can just about recall being in the office!) and looked at the journey in and around the building. This lead us to select the following products.

  1. Elsys Desk Sensor: Monitors desk occupancy, temperature and humidity to create optimal working conditions.
  2. Netvox R72615A CO2 Sensor: Improve staff productivity by monitoring CO2 levels.
  3. Kerlink Ifemtocell Evolution Gateway: Transfer data from your sensors to your selected platform.
  4. Kerlink Wanesy Platform: Visualise your recorded data.
  5. Tekelek Waste Bin Sensor: Optimise waste collections.
  6. Kentix SmartXcan: Monitor the body temperatures of employees and visitors to create a COVID-secure workplace.
  7. Netvox R718CK2 Thermocouple Sensor: Remotely monitor your Legionella risk and automatically maintain records.
  8. Robeau Smart Water Meter: Make savings based on water usage and remotely detect leaks.

Find out more about how we applied the above devices in our BMS case study.

For assistance with designing your intelligent building management system solution of for information about creating a bespoke proof of concept kit contact our expert team today.

Sign up for our new Alliot Tech Support Portal

Support portal

Raise and manage your technical support tickets online with Alliot’s new Tech Support Portal. Simply register for a free account today to track the progress and manage your technical support requests.

Tired of hearing ‘have you tried turning it on and off again’? Want to get to the issue with an actual tech specialist not on a script? Alliot’s new Tech Support Portal is now available for all your support needs.

Dedicated IoT Specialists

Built with the latest ticket raising software, the new Alliot Tech Support Portal makes sure that your support issue is placed in front of an actual human! Meaning that you will have a dedicated IoT specialist looking into any issues you may have with your IoT set up.

Now we hope you won’t experience too many technical issues in your IoT system, however, you can rest assured that our experienced Technical Team are on hand to offer an exceptional level of support. With a collective 15+ years of experience between our team, there isn’t a query we couldn’t answer.

How it all works

On the rare occasion that we are unable to answer or fix your issue there and then, our crack team of boffins and tinkerers will work tirelessly to get to the root of the issue. With advanced equipment to attempt to recreate the parameters of the issue you are facing in house. Our team are fast, adaptive and responsive to your needs.

The easiest way to raise an issue with you IoT system is to use our Tech Support Portal. Easy to use and navigate, simply sign up and sign in to create your ticket. Within the Portal you are able to raise new tickets as well as check the progress of any existing support queries. Contact the Alliot Team today to bring your IoT solutions to life.

Stay Alert with IoT

As we continue to adjust to the ‘new normal’ we’ve been taking a look at hos IoT can help us all to stay alert and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

With social distancing still remaining a key focus in reducing the transmission of COVID-19, many businesses have now implemented robust procedures to help protect both staff and visitors. These new conditions can be time consuming to maintain and add additional pressure to staff. The beauty of IoT means that some processes can be remotely monitored and help to raise alerts if results are outside of the set parameters.

We recently took a look at three ways to kickstart your new normal using IoT. In this blog, we’ll be taking a look at some of the more specialist products and how they could be beneficial to areas such as retail, theatres and cinemas.

Smart Retail

Netvox R718PQA Toilet Occupancy Sensor

Netvox’s R718PQA toilet occupancy sensor can be useful in maintaining a one-in-one-out system in toilets. It can also be used to monitor changing rooms in smart retail environments.

Utilising a PIR sensor, this smart device differentiates between body heat and heat from other sources to monitor whether changing rooms are in use. This can help to maintain social distancing and paired with a visual signal it can simplify the availability of changing rooms.

Get in touch with a member of our expert team to discover how you can configure the Netvox R718PQA with a visual alert device.

Smart Seating Solutions for Theatres and Cinemas

Netvox R311WA Seat Occupancy Sensor

Based on advice provided by the UK Cinema Association, cinemas should maintain social distancing of customers in cinema auditoriums wherever possible and particularly while seated. The Netvox R311WA seat occupancy sensor could prove particularly useful in adhering to the current guidelines. Offering a flexible two-way solution, the R311WA enables you to set pre-configured alerts to your preferred platform. This could be to alert you to seats that are occupied which shouldn’t be helping you to virtually assess safe distancing between visitors.

IoT devices can offer some incredible advantages in helping to support the transition to the new normal. Regardless of your application, we provide a wide range of sensors which enable you to remotely monitor a variety of factors. Discover the power of IoT with Alliot today.

COVID-19 IoT Solutions
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Smart Energy Monitoring with IoT

Revolutionise energy monitoring with the new EAGLE Smart Meter. Utilising LoRaWAN technology, there are many benefits to using this new device, we’ve summarised the key takeaways of using IoT energy monitoring in this short blog.

Many energy providers implement Smart Meters with their services but these can sometimes fail to provide effective coverage. The EAGLE Smart Meter utilises LoRaWAN technology to accurately monitor energy consumption. By connecting to your chosen LoRaWAN network, the Smart meter is able to transmit data over a range of up to 10 km enabling you to avoid the additional charges that may be incurred on a SIM-based service.

EAGLE Smart Meter

What is the EAGLE Smart Meter?

Designed by Andrea Informatique the EAGLE Smart Meter is a compact single phase DIN rail device. Designed to monitor energy consumption this IoT energy monitoring solution is incredibly easy to integrate with existing equipment.

Data recordings gathered by the Smart Meter can be sent at pre-defined intervals to help you build up a reliable picture of energy usage.

What are the benefits?

  • Clearer billing:- The EAGLE Smart Meter helps to estimate your daily energy consumption
  • Improved understanding:- The data recorded by the EAGLE Smart Meter can help to build up a better understanding of energy usage and how certain habits and lifestyle may affect this
  • Renewable energy:- The EAGLE can help you to manage the energy produced by solar, geothermic or wind sources giving you a better idea of consumption and a clearer financial exchange with your provider
  • Remote breaker:- The EAGLE has a disconnector which can be controlled remotely. This device can also be used as a powerful relay for controlling equipment with a large power consumption.
  • Tariffs:- The EAGLE Smart Meter is class 1 MID certified enabling you to accurately calculate tariffs based on absolute power consumption

Our team is on hand to help you build your Smart Energy solutions. Get in touch today to get started and reap the rewards of IoT.

Three ways to kickstart your “new normal” using IoT

The Internet of Things (IoT) is at the forefront of our fight against Covid-19. Connected devices can help us to minimise contact points and reduce the likelihood of spreading the virus. Find out which IoT sensors could help your business return to a new normal.

Over the last few weeks, businesses have started to reopen with social distancing in place. Additional risk assessments have been carried out and steps have been taken to ensure that employees and visitors stay safe and well.

Many of these safety measures mean that extra staff members are on hand to monitor capacity, keep things clean and ensure that everybody is following the government guidelines. Having more employees working, and fewer customers allowed into venues at any one time, could be a problem for smaller businesses.

We’re taking a look at some of the ways that IoT can help your business adapt to the new normal:

1. Capacity Monitoring

Many indoor businesses, such as shops, bars/restaurants and gyms now have limited capacity based on social distancing rules. For larger companies such as supermarkets, having a person standing at the entrance to manage the queue isn’t such a big deal. Yet Aldi have already rolled out a traffic light systems across all of their stores.

aldi capacity monitoring

But what about the corner shop? What about the independent boutique clothes store? What about the local chemist? And our cozy pubs and bistro restaurants?

You might not be able to monitor every single person going into and out of your premises at any one time. And you probably can’t afford to pay somebody to stand at the door.

new normal iot parametric people counter

We stock the Parametric People Counter, complete with colour-coded light pole. Place it inside the entrance. The light will show green when you can enter and red when there’s already too many people inside.

At only £960 +VAT, this could be a cost-effective solution to ensuring social distancing. It could also be used at the entrance to certain areas, such as toilet facilities or different floors of your building.

2. Occupancy sensors

One of the key risk areas identified for leisure facilities and the hospitality industry is public bathrooms and toilets. Where possible, the advice is to adopt a 1-in-1-out policy. But it’s often hard to know if the bathroom is occupied without trying the door, or going in! Depending on the layout of your building, customers and visitors might not be able to see whether the toilets are occupied or not.

Introducing the Netvox R718PQA – a toilet occupancy sensor that works using LoRaWAN technology. A combination of door open/close sensors and PIR means that the toilet sensor is completely private – no cameras!

This small device can be attached to the toilet door and connects wirelessly to a centralised system.

You can then add in a traffic light system that will alert customers or employees to whether or not they can enter the area.

3. Air Quality Sensors

Air quality has a big impact on the spread of coronavirus. This is why we’re encouraged to meet others outside, rather than in close quarters inside. The HSE recommends that good ventilation can reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in the workplace. It suggests that preventing pockets of stagnant air collecting is important to keeping your workplace safe.

You can monitor air quality both inside and outside your workplace using our specialist LoRaWAN sensors. The enLink Air range from Synetica allows you to monitor a selection of different air quality parameters; from VOCs and particulate matter, through to temperature and humidity. Syntetica also manufacture the enLink Status-AF; a LoRaWAN device that allows you to measure the flow of air through a given area.

These air quality sensors can be added in to your existing LoRaWAN smart building network. We can also help you to set up and test them as part of a proof of concept kit.

For more information about any of our products, and how IoT can help you to move forward into the “new normal”, get in touch with our team. Our experts are on hand to help you make the most of your LoRaWAN technology.

How to Select an IoT Gateway Solution

Gateways are a vital component to any LoRaWAN IoT solution. With so many options it can be hard to know which one to choose. To help you with your selection we’ve prepared a short blog to highlight some of the key factors you may want to take into consideration when selecting your IoT gateway solution.

What does an IoT Gateway Solution do?

LoRaWAN gateways play a critical role in your IoT solutions. Regardless of your application, an IoT solution will typically consist of sensors, a gateway, a network server and an application server. Your sensors will collect data and monitor the specific parameters they are designed for. The data collected is then passed to the gateway which bridges the gap between the connected IoT sensors and the network server. From the network server, the data is then transmitted to an application server for visualisation. By connecting the field to the cloud IoT gateways are a key access point for network connectivity.

The Things Network

Things to Consider

1. Indoor/Outdoor Gateways

The first thing to consider when selecting your IoT gateway solution is the vertical it’s going to be applied to. Smart Agriculture and Smart Utility solutions for example are likely to have very different requirements. One may require an outdoor gateway, whereas the other may only need to be used indoors.

2. Network Coverage

The second factor to take into account is the network coverage. Some areas may have coverage blackspots which can result in delays or a loss of data. Many gateways have integrated failover features, the type of backhaul however, differs between different gateway devices.

3. Suitability

The size of your application and the number of messages you will be recording will have an impact on the IoT gateway solution you require. As will the installation environment, it is important to assess the external factors and how they may effect the gateway you require.

4. Integration

While you can connect any of our IoT gateway solutions to your preferred LoRaWAN network server. Many gateway manufacturers have their own servers too. If you use an LNS from a gateway manufacturer you can expect tighter integration with their gateways which may help you to decipher your chosen gateway brand.

Alliot’s Gateway Range

We partner with some of the world’s leading gateway manufacturers including LORIXone, Kerlink and MultiTech. Whatever your requirements you can rest assured Alliot has an IoT gateway solution for you.

To simplify your selection we’ve put together a LoRaWAN gateway comparison chart.

Product Indoor Outdoor IP Rating Backhaul Suitability
LORIX One LoRaWAN Gateway

LORIX One

IP65 Ethernet Large Outdoor Space

Kerlink Wirnet Ifemtocell

Kerlink Wirnet Ifemtocell

IP30 Ethernet or WiFi Single Building

Kerlink Ifemtocell Evolution

Kerlink Ifemtocell Evolution

IP30 Ethernet & cellular Single Building
Kerlink Wirnet IBTS

Kerlink Wirnet IBTS

IP66 Ethernet or cellular Densely Populated Areas
Kerlink Wirnet IBTS Compact

Kerlink Wirnet IBTS Compact

IP66 Ethernet & cellular Densely Populated Areas
MultiTech Conduit® Gateways

MultiTech Conduit®

N/A Ethernet or cellular LTE Single Building
MultiTech Conduit® AP Gateways

MultiTech Conduit® AP

IP30 Ethernet or cellular LTE Single Building
MultiTech LoRaWAN IP67 Gateways

MultiTech Conduit® IP67

IP67 Ethernet or cellular LTE Large Outdoor Space

Get started with MultiTech’s Starter Kit

MultiTech offer a LoRa starter kit for those looking to get started with IoT. Ideal for testing, this kit includes everything you need to demonstrate your solutions.

Contact the Alliot Team today for expert advice on selecting the right IoT gateway solution for your projects.