How it all Began
Our work started in the Communication Electronics department, of the Norrköping Campus, in Linköping University, Sweden. What brought us together was the shared dissatisfaction of how Internet-of-Things technology was being applied, and more so who it was targeting. As a notion, IoT has been presented as a revolutionary wave, the next big thing considering that more than 50 billion new devices will be connected to the internet by the year, 2020. Yet, so far, IoT has been targeting mega-industries that have the manpower and infrastructure to implement such IoT platforms. This excludes an enormous number of people and sectors from the vast benefits this technology can offer. We wanted to change this, and so we set out to create IoT solutions that could serve all, not just the few.
Formulating our Plan
We approached this problem as engineers, that is, we posed a question. How do you create a highly adaptive, efficient, and energy-saving smart solution that can be easily installed and modified to fit any environment? We wanted a system that could be integrated in any space, even one that lacked an intricate technology infrastructure, as we didn’t want anyone to be left behind or excluded from this technology wave. What’s more, we wanted to develop a system that would not require a large startup investment… and so our work began.
How we got it Done
Fascinated by this idea that, suddenly, anything could be turned into a network, as virtually anything could act as a node of communication, we began building our wireless sensor network. Spread across our lab, were countless schematics, sensor chips, half-open receivers and radio transmitters. We experimented with sensor modules, battery life-time, networking and routing options, along with control settings. Working closely with the Swedish Energy Agency and the Swedish Churches on a national initiative called “Spara och Bevara” (Save and Preserve), we arrived at CultureBee.
Did you say CultureBee
Initially developed to preserve older Cultural buildings in our home town, this wireless sensor network acted as a climate control platform, offering these historic buildings a way of monitoring and controlling their temperature and humidity levels. We developed our cloud-web service, our entire line of hardware, and our very own software. This gave us the flexibility we were after and the low-cost mobility we wanted. This solution could be connected to even the crudest heating equipment, allowing several churches across the country to save thousands on energy costs.
The Inception of Wiotech
Wiotech was founded in 2012, as a collective, housing all our innovation efforts. We spend much time perfecting our technology here by testing, debugging, and optimizing our solutions. Here is a new generation of the end-user wireless climate control system developed that Wiotech offer customers today. Several installations are made, mainly in different churches, but also in other places, such as laboratories and commercial kitchens.
A Part of i3tex
In September 2016, Wiotech is acquired by the Swedish consultant company i3tex AB. With this, Wiotech gains access to more competences, resources and a better platform for commercialising our technology. i3tex AB, in turn, gains access to innovative technologies that help the company to be at the forefront when it comes to solutions within IoT.
The Journey Continues
We continue to take on each project the same way we started, dedicated to being part of the wave that pushes the IoT revolution forward. To develop smart technology for a smart society. We currently have over 60 completed installations and several interesting orders incomming. At the same time, we continue to develop Wiotech’s products and technology thanks to our knowledgeable, innovative and driven employees.