A WIRELESS sensor launched by a Welsh tech start-up is hoped to make the ‘Internet of Things’ possible for rural areas across the globe.
The innovative Dewin Open:Close technology has been unveiled by Dewin Tech, a new business founded by Geraint Hughes and Meinir Lloyd Jones.
The couple, from Bangor, have collaborated with Dr Rob Shepherd from EvoMetric sensor data solutions to launch the application, with an initial focus on agriculture, utilities, and environmental sectors.
Based at Menai Science Park (M-SParc) on Anglesey, they are confident the remote notification device – which can be mounted to gates, doors, buildings, or any surface that has an open-close function – will provide both peace of mind and great value to customers.
Geraint, whose background is in agri-food consultancy, said: “There are so many scenarios that will benefit from the product across Europe, but for now we are concentrating on the UK and in particular the public sector and land-based sites.
“For it to work the solution needs to have LoRaWAN network coverage (Long Range Wireless Area Network) which is becoming more extensive, so the infrastructure is in place for us to deliver this and for it to be a success.
“Importantly, this will make a huge difference to people’s lives because from wherever they are they can access the solution at their fingertips, and immediate notifications will let them know if, for example, a door or gate is open that shouldn’t be – particularly crucial for a farmer or landowner.”
Through the use of LoRaWAN, the system covers a wide area using low levels of power, and enables the customer to be elsewhere knowing the Open:Close application is fully operational and effective.
If there is an issue, a notification will be sent via text, telegram messenger, or email tailored specifically to their requirements.
If there is no LoRaWAN network available, a gateway can be installed by Dewin Tech to provide coverage.
“Local authorities in Wales have been investing in LoRaWAN, which permits long-range connectivity for Internet of Things (IoT) devices such as this,” said Geraint.
“An external LoRaWAN gateway can be bought and professionally installed for around £1,000-£1500.
“We have looked at all aspects of the hardware – which has been developed to withstand anything from the harshest of weather to rodent damage – and it is so straightforward to install we send it out with a simple guide after an initial consultation.
“From that point on we are there to ensure there are no issues and offer support, while monitoring the software and updating the technology in future if required.”
He added: “This is a game-changer for so many sectors, the application is incredibly advanced and we are proud to have got to this point and launched the business.
“It may be a bold move given we are in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, but we believe this will be well received, and the feedback we’ve had already is very positive.
“We have so much talent and innovation in North Wales and this is an example of that, and there is more to come – this is just the start for Dewin Tech.”
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