Converting to smart meters helps residents during the Coronavirus pandemic

This month cThings have been working on a residential project in south London converting the existing meters to smart meters. The eight-storey apartment block on the south bank was renovated in 2005, but at the time the technology did not exist to ensure the metering was IoT enabled.

During the COVID-19 pandemic that began last year, the estate management company have been looking for ways to ensure the safety of the residents and contractors. One initiative they wanted was to remove the need for collecting meter readings by asking their contractors to visit the apartments. The estate company approached us as they needed a smart solution for remotely monitoring the energy utilities of the apartment block.

After a site audit, we recommended using our Pulse Sensor, a product ideal for converting any dumb meter, with a pulse output, to a smart meter. This means the meter can then be used to remotely manage energy usage and billing for the resident without the need for a site visit.

The project has been very successful and another excellent example of how smart technology can provide a real health and safety benefit for both management companies and residents.

James Wooster

Welcome to our new data scientist, James Wooster

Last month we welcomed a new member of the cThings team, James Wooster, who has joined as our data scientist.

James is a recent graduate from Leeds and after a year-long internship with an IoT manufacturer in Germany has settled in with the rest of the team back in the UK. It’s been a little tough for James joining us with the current pandemic and lockdowns but we have all been keeping in touch via regular video chats and calls.

James’s role as a data scientist is part mathematician, part computer scientist and part trend-spotter. Data scientists are a new type of analytical data expert with technical skills to solve complex problems.

Day-to-day James’ has been assisting with supporting other members of the team in improving the functionality of the cThings Cloud platform, writing decoders for new devices, added new features to the cThings website, created tools to automate tasks that were previously done by hand and managing extensive databases.

It’s great to have James working with us although we know his real passion is for surfing, which is a little difficult when you consider Cambridge is equidistant from the coast.