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UK tech firm to become Internet of Things hotbed

UK technology solutions provider ARM is in the midst of transforming its Cambridge headquarters into an Internet of Things-enabled campus. The company was recently awarded £800,000 in funding from the Technology Strategy Board, the UK’s innovation agency, to deploy network technology and over 600 connected sensors across its company.

All of these connected sensors are controlled by smart ARM-technology based chips. The project will provide information and finer grained control of the site and its 75 parking garage lights, 40 meeting rooms, heating and water management systems.

The company believes that it can demonstrate tangible business benefits and reduce energy costs by making connected assets across the ARM campus work together.

“The IoT is a world where ‘things’ such as devices, data and locations are interconnected with applications and users over the internet,” says Bill Morelli, an analyst for Electronics & Media at IHS. Morelli expects the Internet of Things market will connect nearly 30 billion devices by 2020. “It is set to transform how people and systems control, interact with and experience the world around them, sparking new products, services and job opportunities.”

ARM partners involved in the project include AlertMe, EnLight and IntelliSense.io. The collaboration will create an environment that enables ARM employees to work smarter by reducing energy consumption and reducing inefficiencies. This collaboration between some of the UK’s most advanced technology companies will also provide the technology industry with key lessons on how a new generation of intelligent, connected products and services can be fully implemented, with the potential for worldwide adoption.

“ARM is delighted that, together with our partners, we have won the backing of the Technology Strategy Board to deploy IoT devices to improve the efficiency of our buildings in Cambridge,” says Graham Budd, chief operating officer at ARM. “To create a smart efficient building you need a great many sensors distributed throughout the system, all sharing information to improve decision-making. ARM technology and its ecosystem create the bedrock of this smart intelligence that will enable others to build unique services and applications to help the IoT flourish.”

AlertMe is providing smart solutions to detect occupancy of ARM meeting rooms. This technology will show employees when rooms are in use via an online booking system, enabling more efficient use of office space. AlertMe is also providing 75 kits for ARM employees that will enable them to monitor their own homes’ temperatures, energy consumption patterns and occupancy levels.

EnLight is upgrading ARM’s outdoor lighting in car parks and around building exteriors with a lighting management solution that will reduce energy consumption and enable ARM to intelligently control the lighting. The technology will enable ARM to remotely monitor data such as operating temperature, lamp status and energy consumption, plus lamps can be controlled and light levels adjusted during periods of low use to make additional savings.

Intellisense.io is providing solutions to measure pressure and flow in ARM’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. This technology will enable building temperatures to be read, zone-by-zone and will also enable the tracking of real-time maintenance needs, plus rates of water consumption and ARM’s overall carbon performance.

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