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Ideal Boilers: IoT Application Development & Cloud-Based Middleware

We were commissioned by Ideal Boilers, one of the UK’s largest boiler manufacturers with over 100 years’ experience in the heating industry, to develop a bespoke IoT application and cloud-based middleware to help their company take the leap forward into the Smart Heating space.

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Working closely with the project team at Ideal, we balanced the complexity inherent in large-scale IoT services with the ease-of-use required from a product looking for mass-market adoption. By using cross-platform development methodologies, Sauce delivered mobile builds across iOS and Android at all stages of the project, enabling rapid iterations of the UI/UX based on feedback from field-trial users.

Custom APIs were also developed to provide Ideal Boilers with a comprehensive, scalable “middleware” layer, responsible for processing thousands of requests per minute to control their fleet of internet-connected heating systems.

Using the Big Data platform Google BigQuery, the Ideal Touch middleware stores the results of these requests for later analysis. By creating a “Data Lake” with access to the operational information of thousands of boilers nationwide, we have enhanced their operational intelligence substantially, enabling the use of sophisticated data analysis techniques to predict faults and inform future boiler manufacturing decisions.