Currently based in Daventry (but soon set to relocate to Northampton), Midlands tech company Iris IoT Solutions helps organisations address a range of challenges – from wellness in the workplace and environmental challenges, to occupancy and space utilisation, and energy management.
The company’s IoT (or internet of things) solutions work ‘out-of-the-box’ and are designed to be easy for businesses to install. They combine cellular gateways (portable routers, effectively), and battery-powered sensors to continuously send data over the internet that can be analysed using actionable back-end dashboards and data visualisation software.
This provides organisations with real-time visibility of anything from water temperature (to comply with regulation) to the health of things like crops or industrial components, which can help to reduce costs and aid decision-making in real-time.
We spoke to Director Stephen Westley to find out more.
What’s the story of Iris IoT Solutions?
We have been in telecoms for 25 years and Iris is our new company focusing on the emerging IoT (or Internet of Things) market. Over the last few years, we’ve built a secure, scalable solution to reach many different sectors and are working with the latest emerging technologies like 5G, NB-IoT (Narrowband) and other Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWANs). Our team has years of experience in delivering telecom solutions to various sectors.
What problem are you trying to solve?
Our solutions cover many different applications. We have sensors to monitor things such as air quality, temperatures, occupancy, movement, noise, flood, light, humidity, dust and many others. Our system uses mostly wireless tech, so very little installation is required.
What was your ‘Eureka’ moment?
We entered the IoT space thinking that we would be manufacturing end sensors. However, after a few proofs of concepts for partners, we realised that IoT is a whole lot more, and the end sensors are only part of a solid solution. While we can make our own sensors, we work with preferred partners to make sure that our solutions are fit for purpose.
What makes you better than the competition?
Our solutions are built around quality and providing what is best for the customer. We do not go to our customers with a solution until we fully understand what problem we are trying to solve. By being flexible and using the best partners we make sure the customer receives the solution that is best for them.
What’s it like being a tech company in Northamptonshire?
That’s an interesting question. We have found so many local partners who are involved in IoT and, as it is complex, it is better for all involved if these partners are local instead of working in a different timezone or country. Northamptonshire has not been known for tech but this is changing with the help of Digital Northampton.
What’s on the horizon for your company?
We are building new end-to-end solutions to address new issues for end-users and will be moving to Northampton in the near future.
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