We'll start by building a mutual understanding of your business / project and talk over some options before doing research.
At the end of this an initial proposal will be made.
Consultation is free!
We will carry out detailed research into the technologies which could be used, identify necessary subsystems and design all parts of the project and how they interact both with each other and existing systems.
A system design document will then be created.
We will endeavour to prove the concept and de-risk the system we have proposed with early stages of software design and hardware integration. The foundation for the rest of the development project is now in place.
Custom software, PCB design, creation and testing, data analysis and algorithm development, 3D design/ Printing, all as necessary depending on the scope of the project.
This is the interesting bit. Your idea comes to life, all our systems, hardware, software, etc come together and a working prototype is the result.
The process usually requires some in-project changes at this stage which will mean going over those last two steps again.
Now we hand over all technical know-how, data and designs to you. We can also assist on the technical side of handover, communicating with your technical departments, manufacturer or other 3rd party as required.
I recently had the pleasure of attending a two-day Hackathon at the Vodafone/Huawei (the world’s first) Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) open lab. The event was centred around the practical application of NB-IoT and how to leverage the technology to attain the somewhat figurative holy grail of battery performance for IoT devices – ten year plus battery life. Now, I am well aware that NB-IoT is more buzz word than anything else at the moment so let’s talk about what it actually is and its relevance given the state of IoT today before discussing the specific features of the technology that help to minimise power consumption.
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If you're reading this then it's safe to assume that I don't need to explain why it's important to secure your web service, we can just jump straight into the how. Unfortunately, a catch-all tutorial is simply not possible with the plethora of technologies within the modern developer's arsenal so I've decided upon a tech stack similar to ours at Think Engineer for this tutorial. So, a more specific title could be: How to obtain an SSL certificate, using Let's Encrypt, for a multi-container Docker web application running on Ubuntu 18.0.4 - for free!
The Festival of Digital Disruption, put on annually by Louize Clark and ConnectTVT, celebrates the tech industry in the Thames Valley. FoDD is an amazing event every year and this year was no exception. FoDD is really a collection of individual sub-events and as a company we attended most of it. Each of us have written about our experiences.