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IoT Solutions Group

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IoT Solutions Group

Developing an MVP device for the internet of things. Supported by European Regional Development Funding (ERDF).

About the project

IoT Solutions is a startup business based in Dorset providing end-to-end solutions for the digital Internet of Things sector. The business specialises in the design, delivery and support of IoT projects, meaning they can design the devices, build bespoke software and manage the processes that fit private and public organisation needs. Examples of these services range from parking to waste management and water safety.

In 2018, Emma Mahy, founder and MD of IoT Solutions, attended one of our industry outreach events on SLS 3D printing, hosted by industrial design agency Studio Wood and the Museum of Design in Plastics (MoDiP). Deciding that SLS prototyping was right for their stage of product development, the business was awarded an Access Voucher that enabled them to prototype MVP (minimum viable prototype) device casings in our workshop. The finished prototype went on to secure their place in the Digital Catapult LPWAN Testbed and is now part of their Future Networks Lab. This relationship has helped IoT Solutions secure several local authority contracts in the UK.

As a result, the business required investment in production and was awarded an AUB-ERDF innovation grant to test their first injection moulded product, using the services of a specialist local company.

We are incredibly impressed by Emma and the team’s progress. The business has gone on to secure new contracts in a highly competitive market and win a 2019 Digital Catapult Platinum Award.

Hear what Emma Mahy has to say about working with AUB Innovation (1m:24s)

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European Structural and Investment Funds

This project is supported through match-funding by the England European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. This fund was established by the European Union to help local areas stimulate their economic development. This investment will help to support innovation, businesses, skills and employment to improve local growth and create jobs. For more information visit

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