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Changing the face of the smart meter

May 16, 2017

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Smart meters. A relatively unknown term just a few years ago but now a must have for commercial and residential properties. This is an exciting time because the smart meter puts the consumer back in control and gives them a front seat into managing their gas and electricity. It saves resources and most importantly reduces […]


Guest blog: The future of smart homes in 2017 by Russell Bowes

May 2, 2017

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Smart technology has long been a staple of high end luxury home; but 2016 saw smart homes, connected devices and the Internet-of-things take a big step forward into the mass market with products such as 4K connected TVs, smart home assistants and smart security all becoming mainstream devices. From the weird and wacky to the […]


NetThings launches world-first building management system

March 27, 2017

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Yesterday we launched the world’s first web-enabled monitoring and control system designed specifically for smaller commercial and residential properties at the global 2017 Niagara Forum in London. The ‘nanoBEMS®’, powered by the industry-leading Niagara 4 software framework, is an innovative new product category that provides effortless control, and is fast and simple to use. It is a disruptively low cost […]


THE SMALLER WIND TURBINES SPINNING INTO 2017

March 16, 2017

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The arguments of wind turbines and wind farms have gone on since they first popped up. On one side, the clean energy source is creating a sustainable future, on the other despite wind energy being non-polluting, the turbines are unattractive to a natural landscape and may create a lot of noise. Wind farms are not built near residential areas, nor can […]


ECOBUILD 2017 – ROUNDUP AND INTERVIEW

March 12, 2017

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Last week on March 7th-9th we attended Ecobuild at Excel London, where we exhibited our full range of energy monitoring and control systems to more than 33,000 people in a range of roles within the built environment, as well as providing visitors with a sneak preview of our new nanoBEMS building management system that features Niagara 4, which has […]


RECRUITING FOR GROWTH

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We are delighted to announce the appointment of Derek Lamb as Engineering Manager and Andrew Davies as UK Sales Manager. Both will play an integral role in the company’s development and future growth. George McGhee, NetThings CEO, said: “We have an exciting year ahead with an innovative new energy management product targeted at small commercial […]


NETTHINGS BRINGS BUILDING MANAGEMENT TECH TO ECOBUILD

March 3, 2017

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Ecobuild is back for 2017 and this year takes place at Excel London on 7 th – 9 th March. We are excited to be returning and this year you will find us exhibiting at stand C214, hall N5. We will be exhibiting our full range of energy monitoring and control systems as well as providing visitors with a […]


We’re all set for aM&T 2017

February 14, 2017

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Our NetThings team are set to attend the Automatic Monitoring & Targeting Conference and Exhibition (aM&T 2017) which takes place at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on 23 rd February 2017. Now in its 15 th year, aM&T is organised by trade association ESTA and is the UK’s leading event showcasing the latest in bespoke metering, monitoring, technology […]


2017 and our move into the commercial sector

January 15, 2017

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We finished 2016 the way we intend to start 2017, with ambition and great support from our team, investors and customers. Early December a press release went out stating our intention to move into the commercial sector after successfully closing a £1.2 million funding round. This funding will allow us to sell our monitoring and […]


The University of Cambridge spent over £16 million on energy and it sparked the University Green Challenge.

November 18, 2016

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We recently read that over the course of 2014-2015 the University of Cambridge spent over £16 million on energy. We needed to take some time to stop and think about that. Here is the breakdown: ▪          The University spends £31 on energy every minute. ▪          The University spends £1,865 on energy every hour! Energy is something that we all […]


Breaking down the smart home

October 13, 2016

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The Internet Of Things has hit the consumer in 2016 in a craze not last seen since the internet itself in the 1990s or the rise of the smart phone almost ten years ago. It has been a market dominated by the biggest industry names such as Samsung and Microsoft, those with the financial backing […]


Our thoughts from The Energy Event

September 29, 2016

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We were lucky enough to be part of the RWM Energy Event this month at the NEC Birmingham. The Energy Event is widely considered the UK’s leading event for energy and utilities procurement professionals, attracting more than 7,000 visitors and thanks to ESTA Energy not only could we mix and mingle amongst industry professionals, our […]


NetThings welcomes China Entrepreneur Club to Scotland

July 12, 2016

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Today we welcomed a group of China’s leading private sector entrepreneurs as part of a nine day business tour aimed at developing international links directly with Scottish businesses. 26 members of the China Entrepreneur Club (CEC) visited our premises in Edinburgh interested in exploring collaboration and investment opportunities with Scottish companies. The CEC involves some […]


Podcast: NetThings discuss our new energy efficiency research development project

July 6, 2016

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We recently announced our part in a research and development project worth £900,000, which has been launched in Scotland to develop breakthrough technology in the energy efficiency market. Not only is this exciting news for Scottish businesses, showing that these grants are available and we can win them, it is great news for any commercial business that […]


Energy Efficiency Research and Development project launches in Scotland worth £900,000

May 23, 2016

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We are excited to announce our part in a research and development project worth £900,000, which has been launched in Scotland to develop breakthrough technology in the energy efficiency market. We have partnered with CSEM, a Swiss private, non-profit research company to develop an analytical platform to save energy and increase equipment reliability in commercial […]


When we went to IoT World 2016

May 19, 2016

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This time last week we attended the IoT World event in Santa Clara, Silicon Valley. Internet of Things World 2016 is the world’s largest and most comprehensive IoT event and although we are yet to establish a presence with our platform in America, the wealth of knowledge we can take from it is invaluable. We […]


IF YOU COULD HAVE ONE SUPERPOWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

March 22, 2016

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Since the year 2000, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have been working to change the world. The largest private foundation in the world, it focuses on challenges that can be tackled on a global level, working with as many external partners as is needed and then scale it down to solutions of a local […]


SECURITY AND THE INTERNET… OF THINGS

January 30, 2016

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Despite technology rapidly developing year on year, the Internet world continues to struggle with a range of security issues. Internet security covers a broad spectrum; it can be as easy as protecting your personal information by regularly changing your password, or it can be completely out of your control as the result a high profile […]


£36,540,000 WASTED ON ENERGY THIS CHRISTMAS

December 18, 2015

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Did you know that a 100-count string of incandescent mini Christmas lights runs at 40 watts, while a 70-count string of 5mm wide angle LED Christmas lights runs at only 4.8 watts. Because incandescent wattage is 80-90% more than LED wattage on average, the cost to power an incandescent Christmas light display can be up […]


THE REACTION TO THE FIT AND RHI CUTS

December 14, 2015

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The long-awaited consultation document released by the Department of Energy & Climate Change DECC has industry crippling reductions for the renewable energy sector. From the 1st of January, ministers are proposing reducing the FIT (Feed-in Tariff) for smaller scale solar installations from 12.47p per kilowatt hour to 1.63p with large standalone units eligible for subsidies […]


PITCH@PALACE ON TOUR

October 5, 2015

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NetThings shared the stage with the Duke of York for the Pitch@Palace On Tour event with some of Scotland’s finest entrepreneurs and innovators last month as we pitched for an opportunity to to attend the Pitch@Palace 4.0 event in London at the end of the year. Pitch@Palace 4.0 has a specific focus on the Internet […]


HOW WE CAN RESPOND TO THE NEW TARIFF INCREASE

September 1, 2015

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Last month, well known price comparison company Gocompare.com warned households that they may face a shock rise in their energy bills this month. Almost ten fixed-rate energy tariffs, including some of the most popular options from British Gas, Npower and EDF Energy have just expired and customers will be automatically switched to their supplier’s standard […]


We are a supplier to the Sustainable Restaurant Association

July 28, 2015

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At NetThings, we truly believe in sustainability and the impact this can have on not only the external environment we all live in, but on the operating costs of businesses too. Having just been approved as a preferred supplier for the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA), NetThings is proud to be able to showcase our support […]


The Green Nudge

June 28, 2015

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The nudge theory is the idea that you can influence people positively by appealing to their conscience and emotions. When it comes to reducing energy consumption, the nudge effect has always come into play. Traditionally, many thought that price factors were the main influence on consumer behaviour, however recent research has shown that social influence […]


Our ISO certification

May 21, 2015

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We recently announced that our company had received ISO9001:2008 and ISO14001:2004 certification. Certification is widely considered to be a useful tool to add credibility to a business or product as it demonstrates a level of trust with your customers that can only be obtained through certification bodies who issue certificates based on the international standards […]


The Impact of the Internet of Things

April 16, 2015

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We recently read a report commissioned by GSMA and KRC Research called The Impact of the Internet of Things: The Connected Home, which you can read in full here. The report interviews 2,000 technology enthusiasts across Germany, Japan, the UK and the US about how the Internet of Things is impacting home and family life. […]


Security and the Internet of Things

March 9, 2015

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As of this year, there will be an estimated 25 billion “things” connected to the Internet, and by 2020, 50 billion. Globally, by 2018, mobile data traffic will exceed fifteen exabytes (estimated 50,000 years’ worth of DVD-quality video per exabyte). These connected devices also will collect, transmit, store, and potentially share vast amounts of consumer […]


The Internet of Things is bigger than you think

February 11, 2015

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When we speak to people about the Internet of Things and what it is, people often respond with “brand new technology”. According to a report from Cisco, this new technology has been impacting everyone for some time. During 2008 it was discovered that the number of things connected to the internet exceeded the number of […]


A Sustainable 2015

January 6, 2015

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According to new research from B&Q and the Energy Saving Trust this festive season saw the nation’s annual energy bill rise by nearly £393m. The biggest contributor to electricity consumption, accounting for nearly a third of electricity used, is electronic gadgets. The main reason bills are increasing is that 60% of people neglect to switch […]


The SME Energy Challenge

December 2, 2014

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The SME Energy Challenge is a UK government funded research project in collaboration with NetThings, Scottish Power and Edinburgh Napier University. It offers customers of Scottish Power the opportunity to gain insight into energy consumption, reduce costs and receive NetThings energy monitors – all for free.   From December 2014 the challenge will be offering […]


We Need a Better Response

September 12, 2014

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NetThings ethos has always been about carbon reduction. This has been achieved through enhanced energy insight, driving behaviour change. However, using better building management and smart city technology it’s possible to achieve greater reductions. With that in mind and the capacity problems of the grid you would think incentives would be there, but they aren’t! […]


Will We Be Able To Avoid ‘Brown-Outs’ this winter?

August 11, 2014

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The National Grid may need to reduce voltage to ration electricity supplies, causing power cuts at peak times. This is because of insufficient investment in new grid, demand rising dramatically and several aging nuclear power stations are off, due to faults, unrepaired until at least next year. Demand side reduction can help. It’s easy to […]


The Cuppa is Innocent!

June 23, 2014

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If peak energy demand is exceeded, networks fail and it takes hours to reset. The biggest risk is ‘TV Pickup.’ For years you’ve assumed, the biggest culprit was people making a cuppa during the adverts! The truth is that people opening their fridges for beers during sporting events causes the biggest problem. The fridge’s compressor […]