The Internet of Things (IoT) was being heralded as a technology revolution as long ago as the 1980s, however it is only recently with the advent of wireless communications, improved battery technology and cloud platforms that it is starting to gain momentum. We are now starting to see evidence of this in our everyday lives with smart thermostats, fitness trackers and connected vehicles.
PA and Google have been partnering together to deliver IoT and connected product solutions for clients, and following PA’s recent successes in this space, we were invited to co-host an IoT summit at the Google London Lighthouse event.
Russell Macdonald, PA Digital expert in IoT, gave a presentation titled ‘Building the Connected World in 3D: Devices, Development and Data’ based on the fact PA have more experience than many of others in actually implementing live solutions as shown in our Google partnership page.
Presentations from our clients, Drayson Technologies and Rentokil Initial, brought insight from their practical experiences of deploying large-scale IoT solutions, and the benefits of working with PA and Google on those projects.
Paul Donegan, Corporate IT Director at Rentokil Initial, explained that while they have had IoT products for several years, they recognised that they could not scale their in-house solution beyond a limited pilot. Working with PA, they were able to migrate to Google Cloud Platform in less than twelve weeks and now have the confidence in the scalability to be able to roll out their Cloud Connect pest control and hygiene products globally.
Dr Manuel Piñuela, Chief Technology Officer, and Tom Carter, Information and Systems Director, at Drayson Technologies discussed how they developed their FreeVolt technology originally with their Cleanspace air quality monitoring device in mind (for which PA built the devices, the cloud infrastructure, the data visualisation and the apps), but are now looking at wider applications for their power technology with other IoT devices.
Google also fielded their global experts in IoT, big data and machine learning to talk about their IoT roadmap, and how Google Cloud Platform provides the scale, performance and ability to handle huge volumes of data that IoT solutions demand.