Julian Tait CEO, Open Data Manchester

Julian Tait


Talk: Using the Things Network for the management of older buildings - A use case

Unlike modern stock, older buildings often fall behind as far as the utilisation of new technology is concerned. Many landlords undertake a certain amount of retrofitting such as zonal heating or movement detection systems but these are ad hoc and inchoate, with no ability to monitor how effectively these systems are working either singly or together.

The internet of things and the analysis of data derived from sensors can give landlords, building management and tenants insight into the performance of buildings, enabling adaptations that can be economically and environmentally beneficial, whilst also creating opportunities for behaviour change within those buildings. LoRaWAN and the Things Manchester network coupled with sensors and analytics supplied by Sensorstream were an ideal solution to providing insight and potential costs savings.

Julian will be giving this talk together with Andrew Beattie of Sensorstream.


Workshop: IoT, GDPR and Consent

The internet of things offers many opportunities for the development of applications and services that can provide benefit to business, government and communities alike. The shrinking cost, size and power requirements of many off-the-shelf sensors means deployment of sensor networks is easier than before, but is it possible to have an over-sensored environment?

What are the implications of ad hoc sensor networks, especially if coupled with personal data?

Do you know what data is being collected in your private, work and public life?

This is an open discussion looking at some of the potential issues regarding sensor implementation and what best practice looks like?


About Julian

CEO of Open Data Manchester (@opendatamcr).

Principal instigator and project manager of The Things Network Manchester (@thingsmcr)

Principal instigator of Things North (@thingsnorth), an award winning loose consortium of Things Network communities in the North of England.