Resources and toolkits
Here you can access a number of different resources and toolkits designed to assist you in the adoption of IoT technology. They focus on addressing a variety of potential barriers across our focus sectors. These resources may be direct learning outcomes and best practice following completed Pitch-In projects, or they may signpost to wider resources and support available from our partners and stakeholders.
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< IoT4 Healthy Sleep Project >
Technology is harnessing the power of the Internet of Things (IoT) to enable doctors to study sleep disorders remotely and without the need for a child to wear lots of sensors.
< Introduction to the IoT Healthy Sleep Project >
An introduction to the IoT4 Healthy Sleep Project where ACSE researchers are developing pioneering new technology that will transform how doctors can assess sleep disorders in children.
< IoT and city design >
Pre-print versions of the technical articles, the white paper (grey literature report), and the guidance note on IoT and city design.
< Software demonstrator: IoT based smart supply chain automation demonstrator >
This software demonstrator, IoT based smart supply chain automation demonstrator, was presented to an industrial audience through an organised webinar. It attracted many industrial attentions and has been covered by several news outlets.
< Galvanalyser: a battery test database >
Performance and lifetime testing of batteries requires considerable effort and expensive specialist equipment. A wide range of potentiostats and battery testers are available on the market, but there is no standardisation of data exchange and data storage between them.
To address this, we present Galvanalyser, a battery test database developed to manage the growing challenges of collating, managing and accessing data produced by multiple different battery testers. Collation is managed by a client-side application, the ‘Harvester’, which pushes new data up to a PostgreSQL database on a server.
Data access is possible in two ways: firstly, a web application allows data to be searched and viewed in a browser, with the option to plot data; secondly, a Python application programming interface (API) can connect directly to the database and pull requested data sets into Python.
We hope to make Galvanalyser openly available soon. If you wish to test the system, please contact us for early access.
This report is an outcome of the Pitch-In project: Batteries and big data.
< Digital mental health tools co-production >
The video summarises the results of the Pitch-In project: Breaking social barriers to the use of IoT for mental health which explored the possible roles and some of the pitfalls of digital tools for improving mental health: the potential is huge – let’s do it right!
< Digital health development webinars >
A series of four webinars, each dealing with a different subject in the area of digital health innovation. The webinars were devised and developed by Mindwave Ventures in collaboration with the University of Sheffield, with the support of the Pitch-In programme.
A fascinating and wide-ranging discussion about all aspects of requirements gathering and user engagement in digital health development. The first in a series of four webinars on digital health innovation (broadcast live on Wednesday 27 January 2021, 10.00–11.30am GMT).
A session full of useful insights into one of the most vital aspects of digital health development: how to forge successful collaborations. The second of four webinars on digital health innovation (broadcast live on Wednesday 3 February 2021, 10.00–11.30am GMT).
One of the most important aspects of digital health development: how to ensure that evidence-gathering and evaluation become integral parts of the process rather than mere afterthoughts or even forgotten entirely. The third in a series of four webinars on digital health innovation (broadcast live on Wednesday 10 February 2021, 10.00–11.30am GMT).
A session which addresses one of the challenges in digital health development which it is easy to neglect or underestimate: how to ensure that people use – and continue to use – your digital health tool. The fourth and final webinar in our series on digital health innovation (broadcast live on Wednesday 17 February, 2021, 10.00–11.30am GMT).
Supported by Pitch-In: Promoting the Internet of Things via Collaboration between HEIs and Industry, sponsored by Research England’s Connecting Capability Fund.
< Pitch-In IoT student placements – University of Sheffield >
To help develop prototypes and code that showcases the LoRaWAN network’s potential to campus community and local business, Pitch-In supported a 10-week student placement programme for engineering undergraduates from 22 June to 28 August 2020.
The principle aim of these student projects was to provide both system designs, and documentation of some simple but extensible wireless IoT projects.
Following a recruitment process, 11 undergraduate engineering students were selected from second, third, and fourth year of undergraduate study in various engineering disciplines (including computer science, electronic engineering, and control systems) from the University of Sheffield.
The students created a range of project ideas, engaging with their mentors and external people/organisations.
Download the report (PDF, 264KB)
< Will IoT care for me? June 2020 Voice workshop scenarios >
June 2020 Voice workshop ‘Will IoT care for me’ encouraged group discussion and consideration around a number of scenarios concerning personalised care.
On the following pages, you will see six different scenarios involving the use of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies for health and wellbeing purposes. These scenarios, along with the people and the uses of the technologies portrayed in them, are all fictional.
However, the technologies (or something very similar to them) are all either currently available or else are under development or have been proposed in the medical and academic literature.
Broadly speaking, the scenarios all concern personalised care, in other words, the use of IoT to maintain or improve the health or wellbeing of individuals.
< Interim review of the Connecting Capability Fund Programme >
Research England published an interim review carried out by IP Pragmatics of the progress of the Connecting Capability Fund (CCF) Programme., which funded Pitch-In alongside 17 other collaborative projects.
The CCF is a £100 million government-funded initiative administered by Research England to encourage collaboration between universities in their research commercialisation activities. The programme has funded 18 innovative projects, each involving at least three Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in England.
Download the review (PDF, 1.4MB)
< Made in 5G – a step change for manufacturers >
4G fuelled mass adoption of mobile internet and digitised our social life; 5G is set to do the same for industrial business use cases.
5G is not a technology of tomorrow, it’s the here and now with mobile network operators already beginning the roll-out of 5G: now is the time for manufacturers to seize the opportunities and lead the way for industrial digitalisation.
Written for and with the UK manufacturing industry, Made in 5G fuses Digital Catapult’s 5G expertise with insight from manufacturing executives alongside the 5G in Manufacturing Working Group.
Developing IoT and ensuring fitness for purpose
< Topol Review >
Preparing the healthcare workforce for the digital future.
The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care commissioned the Topol Review: Preparing the healthcare workforce to deliver the digital future, as part of the draft health and care workforce strategy for England to 2027 – Facing the Facts, Shaping the Future.
< Digital Curation Centre >
The Digital Curation Centre (DCC) is an internationally-recognised centre of expertise in digital curation with a focus on building capability and skills for research data management.
The DCC provides expert advice and practical help to research organisations wanting to store, manage, protect and share digital research data. They provide access to a range of resources including popular how-to guides, case studies and online services. Their training programmes aim to equip researchers and data custodians with the skills they need to manage and share data effectively.
< Made Smarter Review >
This independent review of industrial digitalisation was led by Professor Juergen Maier, CEO Siemens UK. The ‘Made Smarter Review’ sets out how UK manufacturing can be transformed through the adoption of industrial digital technology (IDT).
< Royal Academy of Engineering IoT Report >
The Internet of Things – realising the potential of a trusted smart world.
Published in March 2018 this collaborative report from the Royal Academy of Engineering and PETRAS research group presents the opportunities across consumer, public space and industrial applications of IoT, and outlines the challenges around policy, governance, security, privacy, ethics and skills.
Download the report (PDF, 1.9MB)