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Clean Air Day 2020 – and how we’re paving the way...

This air pollution awareness campaign focuses on an area that’s close to home for us at Vindico. Here’s why…    Air quality. It sounds like a topic that’s reserved for the smoggy cities of Central America, congested Asian capitals and the bushfire zones of Australia. But it impacts on us all here in Wales every single day. It sounds far-fetched, but the stats are real.  Clean Air Day (link) aims to raise our awareness of the harmful effects of pollution – and how air quality impacts on our everyday lives. As the developers behind Think Air , it’s a subject that’s close to home for us. You may be surprised to know that air pollution causes up to 36,000 deaths in the UK each year.  It’s also responsible for as many as 24,000 premature deaths each year. In fact, both the World Health Organisation and the UK Government recognise that air pollution is the largest environmental health risk we face today. Poor air quality causes heart and lung diseases, it’s linked to low birth weight and children’s lung development , and may even contribute to mental health issues and wellbeing. Our Think Air project is something we’re really proud of, and we love any opportunity to shout about it. Here’s how our MD, Jo Polson, sums it up: “This project has been a source of inspiration for us. “The more we learned about the effects of poor air quality, the more we knew we wanted to use our skills to promote understanding and drive change. “We were tasked with making the latest air quality technology accessible, affordable and easy to understand, so we’ve spent two years developing the unique sensors and software platform behind Think Air.  “We’re now on track to having the largest live air quality network in Wales by the end of 2020 – so raising awareness of this topic is a breath of fresh air for us.” Want to hear more about our innovative air quality sensors – and how they’re leading the way in Wales? Listen to our MD Jo Polson and Professor Paul Lewis reveal how air quality impacts on human performance on this week’s episode of the 1202 – The Human Factors Podcast. Click here to listen Side note: There’s a great reason why the podcast is called 1202 – and it’s well

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Twice as nice: Vindico’s been shortlisted for two awards...

Our #ThinkPurple approach to tech and innovation has landed us on the shortlist for two awards this week. There’s never a dull moment in the tech industry – and this week’s been no exception. Not only have our Purple Vinjas been busy Vinja-ing away on some exciting (top secret, for now) projects, but we’ve kickstarted the week by making not one, but TWO award shortlists. First up – we’re excited to reveal that we’re finalists for Innovation Business of the Year at this year’s Cardiff Business Awards (link). As a business at the forefront of tech and innovation in Wales, we’ve always focused our efforts on being the best in our field. So much so, that it’s left us no room, until now, to shout about the national changes we’ve been driving – so this shortlist means a lot to us. It gives amazing recognition to the partnerships, projects and client collaborations we’ve been a part of – and we hope it will help us raise the profile of the exciting work we have in the pipeline, too. Click here to see our recent #ThinkPurple projects. The Cardiff Business Awards – which celebrates the Welsh Capitals’ best businesses – takes place virtually this year on Friday 13th November (yes, Friday the 13th – we thought the same). And as if that’s not exciting enough, we’re also finalists at this year’s Business Evolution Awards (link). This event recognises and celebrates the best and newest business thinking and practice from across the world – and it’s for businesses and organisations who are delivering remarkable results. The awards presentation takes place online on Wednesday 14th October 2020 as part of the Zokit Biz

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Listen Up: Vindico chats air quality on the latest 1202 – The Human Factors Podcast...

Our MD Jo Polson talks air quality, pollution, and its impact on human performance. It’s one of our favourite subjects here at Vindico, so we jumped at the chance to talk about air. Yes, really! It’s an area that we’re  incredibly passionate about. We developed Think Air (link) – our own low-cost sensors and software platform – to raise awareness and understanding of air quality, and drive behavioural change. In fact, by the end of 2020 Think Air will be the largest live air quality network in Wales – and the largest in the UK by 2021. You can find out all about it – and why clean air is important for our health, our wellbeing, and our day-to-day performance over on the podcast. Click here to listen Side note: There’s a great reason why the podcast is called 1202 – and it’s well

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SUPER EXCITED!...

We have begun installing more than 50 Air Quality Sensors across Wales, and in the coming months we will have the largest live Air Quality Sensor Network in the country. Think Air has been labour of love for more than 2 years, not to mention the blood, sweat and tears along the way! We couldn’t have come this far without the support of our clients who have all contributed by contracting various services to Vindico. As a great example proceeds from the new Scarlets Rugby website will go towards sensors and raising awareness in their region and beyond. Understanding the issues and changing behaviour must start with accurate measurement. That data must be accessible, affordable and and simple to understand. Sneak peak at our app and dashboards

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Temperature Screening set up a the Scarlets...

We are humbled and delighted to play a tiny part in bringing rugby back to Scarlets Our Temperature Screening cameras are set up on entry, NOW BRING ON

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Managing data on the success of Cancer Support Services...

We are delighted and proud to have completed this project with University of Wales Trinity Saint David as part of a KESS-funded PhD studentship in partnership with Tenovus Cancer Care. We’ve created an interactive platform to help manage data on the success of cancer support services/initiatives offered by Tenovus Cancer Care and added simplification and visualisation to reports and dashboards to identify flags for anxiety and depression. “KESS-funded PhD studentships have a strong focus on building partnerships with industry and local companies, so the opportunity to engage with Vindico on this project has added an extra element of collaborative innovation which we hope we can continue to build on in further work” Dr Ceri Phelps, Academic Director: Psychology and Counselling It’s wonderful to be able to deliver a piece of work like this, so a huge thank you to Dr Ceri Phelps and UWTSD for bringing this opportunity to

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Marco Pierre White Launch: Data Capturing WiFi...

This week we installed our Data capturing WiFi in Marco Pierre White Steakhouse, Bar & Grill Swansea ahead of their launch today, integrating live with their marketing team and MailChimp to deliver exclusive content and offers to their customers. We were lucky enough to sample the food ahead of time and it’s simply amazing! We highly recommend the polenta… We often forget to push our WiFi offering as we’ve had it so long but a quick check today has shown we have captured more than 250,000 email addresses in this area alone. Get in touch if you’d like to know

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Devils Partner Profile: VINDICO...

We miss hockey…. But loved the opportunity to talk about our air quality project Think Air!

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Tech Infrastructure for the NHS at Parc Y Scarlets...

Humbled to be doing our small bit to help out. We have been working today to provide the managed Tech infrastructure for the NHS kit and WiFi at Parc y Scarlets. To see what has been accomplished in such a short space of time is incredible, we tip our hats to all involved. Stay safe everyone, hope we don’t need places like these but very glad we

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Discussing the Challenges of Air Pollution...

Delighted to entertain a delegation of Chinese officials today to discuss the challenges of Air Pollution and what we are doing here in Wales to bring low cost accurate sensor data to the masses. It was incredible to hear exactly the same stories, the trip to school, the car idling issue, the complication of understanding the data, just on a much larger scale. I’ve always been of the opinion that if you can make something work in Wales you can make it work anywhere, we are like a wonderful biodome of innovation, and our Chinese friends were in agreement. We have more announcements coming in the next few weeks as we are starting to gain significant ground in this sector. Exciting

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