Stores PA Systems being attacked by pranksters and hackers

Stores PA Systems being attacked by pranksters and hackers
Back in 2009 at an IET Conference, I warned of the potential risks of shop’s PA systems and Intercoms being vulnerable to being hacked.  I also noted that a a large DIY store chain in the UK uses its phone system to access the PA system, and staff from any phone can simply dial an ...

Review of the ImmerSun: Is Self Consumption the Future? 1

Review of the ImmerSun: Is Self Consumption the Future?
How the ImmerSun Works When you have some sort of renewable energy like solar panels within your home or business, there will be times that you won’t use all of the electricity is produces.  The ImmerSun “diverts” this energy into useful appliances within your home, be it your immersion heater, wall heaters etc.  As these devices ...

Making: Building a Connected Display

Making: Building a Connected Display
Having built a number of cool things with @TelecomsCloud API, this time I wanted to build something a little different.  I wanted to build a display unit that was both portable but very functional and could double up for use within our office while able to take to Trade shows, demo it in my various ...

TeleHealth – Transforming Health Care in the NHS

TeleHealth - Transforming Health Care in the NHS
Telehealth has interested me for a long time and I have experimented with many sensors, hooking them up to people and doing  interesting things with the data, but taking it to the next level….Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust, (of which I’m a Non-Executive Director) – aims to help people to stay  more independent in their ...

PlaneFinder – Becoming an ADS-B receiver station

PlaneFinder - Becoming an ADS-B receiver station
I have been working with PlaneFinder (PinkFroot), who operate the PlaneFinder app and website, and are now one of their ADS-B ground receiver stations. Having installed the equipment and the antenna on the roof,  it runs the MLAT/Plane Finder client and tracks aircraft from upto 200nm away, uploading them into the PlaneFinder database. What is ADS-B? ADS-B ...

World Community Grid – Donating Cycles – Are you?

World Community Grid - Donating Cycles - Are you?
For years now my various business have given a lot back to the community, through charity donations, events and pro-bona work etc, but one area that we’ve been doing the longest is Community Grid Computing. When I ran our data centre under Crosby Communications (year 2000), we donated excess computing cycles to different community projects ...

How to Clean Solar Panels – Tips for Keeping Panels Clean

How to Clean Solar Panels - Tips for Keeping Panels Clean
Since owning and running a renewable energy company – Squeaky Energy, I’m often asked how to clean solar panels, especially with having so many of them in our solar farms. It is reasonable to assume that solar panels can lose 15-25% of their efficiency if not cleaned properly. I don’t think there is any perfect way ...

The Internet of Things (IoT) Moving Forward

The Internet of Things (IoT) is continuing to evolve at a rapid rate. I have previously mentioned figures on connectivity., by 2017, there will be an estimated 90M people who will be living in smart homes run and managed predominantly by IoT. The last figure I read estimates that there will be 50B connected devices ...