We're feeling very upbeat here at Polestar as we celebrate the successes of 2017 and look forward to 2018.
Although we like to think that every year is an innovative, exciting and transformative one for for the company, 2017 was a truly pivotal one. Not only did we move to new, state of the art offices, we secured our position at the forefront of the 4th Industrial Revolution by developing our Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) service offering in a number of key areas.
The launch of our new secure remote access service, IRIS (Industrial Remote Interconnect Service) was especially significant. This package was developed to provide engineers with remote but secure access to production assets for checking system issues and conducting maintenance - reducing downtime and costly engineer visits.
We are also pleased to announce that Polestar have become AiRISTA Flow Partners and can now offer our customers customisable and scalable RTLS (Real Time Location Systems) solutions, ranging from asset tracking, to employee health and safety, to temperature monitoring.
As these achievements suggest, our move to the University of Nottingham Innovation Park in June 2017 was driven as much by our changing requirements regarding office space as by our need to be close to the cutting-edge research facilities and expertise the University offers.
The opportunities for collaboration with both academics and other like-minded technology companies significantly enhances our ability to find innovative solutions to some of the most difficult technology headaches our customers might find themselves facing.
With its combination of unique and quirky architecture and beautiful natural features and landscaping, we have also found the Innovation Park to be an inspiring and rewarding place to work and we would love to share it with any customers who would like to visit. Our address is:
The Sir Colin Campbell Building, University of Nottingham Innovation Park, Triumph Road, Nottingham, NG7 2TU.
Our new location also features strongly in our refreshed website which was launched in August. While we wanted to share our fantastic new surroundings, our main focus was to make it easy for visitors to the site to understand our Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) capabilities and the benefits that IIoT can offer to 'uncarpeted' environments such as manufacturing facilities and hospitals.
The website also now features a blog with interactive pages and a facility to contact us directly or via social media. So, for news, IIoT information and updates make sure to follow us on Twitter @polestarinterac.
Our Managing Director, Julian, used one of his most recent blog posts to mark Polestar’s 20th birthday which we celebrated in October.
We are proud to be going from strength to strength after 20 years, especially as research shows that the average lifespan of businesses is decreasing and some studies show that it’s now around 18 years.
Clearly our customers are convinced that we’re getting things right!
For Julian in particular, the long but successful road we’ve travelled has provided a wealth of insight and wisdom. Julian’s fascinating writings about the lessons he has learned during his 20-year journey with Polestar will be posted in this blog. It will be worth it to Suscribe!
Having had such a great year, it felt only right that we should give something back by helping the community and supporting worthwhile causes. Our charity donations have included providing a prize for Groundwork Greater Nottingham’s Talent Match Annual Award Ceremony and offering our services to the Nottingham School of Boxing, which is run by the Switch Up charity to help young people in Nottingham to break the cycle of offending and re-offending.
As in previous years, Polestar also continues to be a Business Benefactor for Nottingham Contemporary, an international art centre with a strong sense of local purpose, and has again sponsored one of the holes at the Ashfield Healthcare Annual Charity Golf Day.
2017 has been a year in which we’ve continued to evolve, grow and innovate while remaining committed to our customers and the local community. We're looking forward to 2018 being another excellent year and we're already working on some exciting new projects.
As always though, our main goal is to ensure that our customers gain competitive and operational advantage from their IT investment.
If you would like to talk to us about real-time tracking or IRIS or, if you would just like to know more about Industrial IoT and how it could help transform your business, we’d love to hear from you. (Click here)
In the meantime, we hope the New Year brings the very best for each and every one of our employees, suppliers and customers.
Here's to an exciting and prosperous 2018 for all of us!