Tees Valley Twenty: AquamatiX Ltd

Tees Valley Twenty: AquamatiX Ltd

The Innovate Tees Valley Festival has been launched in a bid to connect businesses with the networks they need to innovate and continue growing. The event includes a showcase of innovative local businesses, delivered with marketing specialists Horizonworks. AquamatiX is one of the businesses showcasing at the event. Business development director Philip Stockdale caught up with BQ to tell us more...

Describe your business in no more than 100 words

WaterWorX is an open technology SAAS cloud based platform able to integrate remote asset management with GIS and legacy SCADA/telemetry systems in water utilities and industrial applications.

It eliminates the need for traditional bespoke user specifications by capturing expert experience into standardised digital representations of water things such as pumping systems, tanks, valves and treatment plant.

The result is much faster implementation of high-performance monitoring and control systems, using wireless (and other) communications and supplied as a service. It doesn’t require specialist support technicians As a result, costs of ownership are much lower and speed of delivery is 10x faster than traditional systems.



Which particular products and/or services make your business innovative?

The use of Thingworx IIOT platform and the WaterworX library of applications for clean and wastewater management and control.

It can be configured very quickly and hence at lower cost, because the platform has been designed to be open and configurable. It is different to traditional software.

There are no Capital costs for the system  because it is cloud based.



What proportion of your service offer comprises new (under 3 years old) products, materials, technologies etc?

Almost all  of the system and products. They have been developed over the past 4 years



To what extent have the innovations enhanced the sales of your other products/services or led to future opportunities?

The system has been deployed with Veolia and other companies so is now proven. However with the open retail market next year and pump adoption this year by the various water companies, the new technology will allow us to provide services and software to new entrants to these markets.

We have also developed a rainwater harvesting / greywater  reuse application that can be used on industrial sites across the North east and West of the UK.

We have provided  a system for remote asset monitoring that is applicable across many industries.

Finally the system that we are deploying into Basingstoke canal can be used for flood prediction / warning / monitoring and control.Something that should be  of interest to our region.



What new skills have been acquired by (and retained within) your company as a result of the innovations?

Skills associated with programming of the new software platforms, understanding of machine to machine communications, better knowledge of wireless and other new communications systems and standards and also open standards and ontology to allow the new IIOT sensors and systems to be able to communicate with each other.



How do you innovate in the way you run your business?

We are a small company that use agile software development methodology. Our approach to companies and potential clients is innovative in that we think out of the box for different applications and ways to solve problems within the water and waste water industries.


What are your biggest professional achievements to date?

Winning projects with Veolia – a very large water company, with BCA canal and with Aquality greywater reuse.

It is also being seen by PTC and Thingworx as thought leaders in the software industry for applying new IIOT software.

And also being seen as thought leaders for ontology and open standards.

For example in the Hypercat project – funded by UK Government, Aquamatix was the lead for applying new technologies in the water industry.

Other companies in the Hypercat consortium included BT and similar very large companies



Where do you see your company in five years time?

As a successful provider of software and value added services with partners around the World using the WaterworX platform.



What advice would you give to aspiring innovators?

Look for a gap / niche in the market to ensure that your product / system is market driven and not just new technology for technology sake.

Then use as many friends and contacts to make the right introductions to partners and investors and clients.

Build relationships and use all of your network to ensure success.

Finally – share ideas when appropriate because others can help you develop new markets, applications and opportunities.



AquamatiX Ltd will be showcasing its innovations at the Innovate Tees Valley festival in Middlesbrough on December 8. Tickets for the event are available free of charge - book your place now at http://innovatefestival.tv/ 



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