South Tyneside based, Environmental Sensing Solutions manufacturer, Envirowatch is developing innovative new IOT (Internet of Things) technology with ambitions to further its global growth.

In 2011, the business was the first to enter the market with the E-MOTE, an innovative and cost-effective device that monitors pervasive air quality and noise pollution.

Eight years on, the South Shields business has successfully sold in excess of 700 of its real-time, wireless units to organisations across the globe and also developed smart devices using knowledge gained along the way to monitor water levels (HydroMOTE) and noise pollution (NoiseMOTE).

Networks of the connected devices are currently in use by major players in the highways and telecommunications industries and local government in locations ranging from airports, motorways and train stations to major cities across the UK and internationally.

Envirowatch is now looking to the future with the launch of its new multipurpose, real-time environmental monitoring modular device. The business has ambitions to become market leaders with the MultiMOTE and establish new national and international partnerships.

The new equipment monitors a range of environmental parameters including air pollution, noise pollution and water levels and transmits this data using the latest in communication protocols. The data collected can be used to shape real-time decision making and is delivered to clients over the internet, via an API (Application Programming Interface).

Peter Neasham, director of Envirowatch, said: “We are committed to providing our clients with the tools they need to fully understand the environment in which we live and identify the source of pollutants. Our devices provide them with the knowledge they need to tackle environmental concerns at a local and global level.

“We feel passionately about the effect poor air quality, water levels and noise pollution pose to communities and the environment. We believe our new multipurpose board could become one of the world’s leading products in the environmental monitoring market.

“It’s amazing how far we’ve come within a decade. We’re proud to be an authentically North East business. Our initial device was developed at Newcastle University and our design and manufacturing base is here in South Tyneside. The majority of our components from our battery packs, solar panels and printed circuit boards to the product assembly are all sourced from within the region.

“The market for connected IoT devices is forecast to skyrocket in the next five to 10 years. With an increasing demand to tackle pollution, our devices enable clients to have the real-time knowledge they need in order to implement meaningful and impactful change.”

Envirowatch is conscious of its own environmental responsibilities and design its devices to be small, unobtrusive and make use of solar power wherever possible.

The company moved into One Trinity Green, in South Shields, in 2012 after winning a competition which saw them receive one year’s free accommodation, a £5000 grant and Invest South Tyneside professional business support.

James Neasham, project engineer, Envirowatch, said: “As our business focused on protecting the environment, we were delighted to become an active member of One Trinity Green one of the world’s most environmentally friendly buildings, from within which we feel proud to champion environmental awareness and sustainability.

“Being based in South Tyneside means we are located within a 10 mile radius of our suppliers. This allows us to be very hands on and manage both our supply chain and customers, ensuring collective quality. Having such strong local links and support from Invest South Tyneside enables us to plan for the future, to grow, prosper and realise our true potential.”

Cllr John Anglin, Lead Member for Regeneration and Economy, said: “This company is a great success story and we’re delighted to have played a role in helping it grow and flourish.

“What better place for a business focusing on environmental solutions to be based than in our ‘green incubator’, One Trinity Green, which has won awards for its outstanding sustainable design and energy systems.”