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Enterprise video conferencing with Microsoft Teams (for less than £1k)

A central feature of Microsoft Teams is its support for vibrant video and audio conferencing. Microsoft report that 91 of the Fortune 100 companies are using Teams – and the fantastic news is these same enterprise features used by the Fortune 100, are available to small business owners and SME organisations. In this blog post, we explore some of Team’s video features and provide two examples of inexpensive video conferencing solutions for business – that can rival (and even outperform) much more expensive enterprise systems. Read more

Measuring ORP/Redox with IoT

IoT sensors can be used to measure ORP (Oxidation Reduction Potential) in swimming pools, rivers, lakes and drinking water supplies. In this article, we provide an outline of ORP and its relevance in regards to Smart Water applications. When IoT sensors measure ORP, pH and temperature, the data can be transmitted wirelessly to a database server or cloud platform such as  Microsoft Azure. Data can then be visualised in dashboards, mobile apps or using applications such as Microsoft Power BI or Tableau. Read more

IoT, Data and the Digital Mirror

The Digital Mirror concept allows residents and businesses to see their reflection in the form of data. A Digital Mirror reflects the collective impact of peoples’ habits and behaviours, illustrates trends, and provides a stark assessment of the current situation. Internet of Things (IoT) forms the very building blocks of a Digital Mirror; taking millions of measurements relating to air quality, water quality, power consumption, traffic levels and travel patterns. Read more

10 x Benefits of IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS)

We look at Ten Top benefits of our ITaaS (IT as a Service) solution. The way businesses purchase IT and software services has changed. With the onset of cloud applications and software as a service (SaaS), there is a move away from the traditional model of purchasing and IT maintenance, towards a subscription-based delivery model such as ITaaS.

A monthly subscription fee (opex) has become the new norm. Businesses want the latest technologies and features, built-in security, predictable costs and the highest levels of service – but delivered using a subscription model. Read more

What can I measure with IoT?

A common question that we are asked at Manx Technology Group is What can you measure with IoT?  To help answer that question, below you will find an extensive list of the sensors that we support.

Using Plug & Sense IoT devices, the data can be transmitted and be stored in a database, Azure, AWS or any other leading cloud platform. From here, the data can be manipulated, analysed and visualised using tools such as Tableau, PowerBI and Qlik. Read more

Health Risks – Poor air quality and particulates

It is widely recognised that poor air quality can have a significant impact on the health of an individual. WHO estimates that 7 million people die each year from exposure to fine particles in polluted air. A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine has confirmed the association between short-term exposure to particulates, and an increase in cardiovascular, and respiratory mortality. The significant health risk posed by pollution is a crucial driver behind IoT air quality monitoring, electric vehicles and renewables.

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IoT Asset Tracking with LoRa/4G

Most people will be familiar with ‘Find my iPhone’ or the Android ‘Find my Device’ – so you understand the concept of GPS tracking. A common question that we are asked is how IoT Asset tracking is different from the technology that you have on your phone? Although there are similarities, asset-tracking is a more specialist application with different requirements. In this article, we will describe some of the features and capabilities of IoT asset tracking with LoRa and 4G technology.

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