As part of OPCR, our maker and community-space, The Factory, was upgraded with a world-class IoT system, which allows members to book and control machines on their terms and much more.

Fabman is at the centre of this and using their API, we have begun to create extended features beyond their core, off-the-shelf product.

We created a simple live dashboard, displaying the machine bookings for the day and are now working with a developer to create a new bespoke dashboard, as part of our wider Community Dashboards project, that will include our latest social media posts, more Fabman information as well as other community date, such as air quality.

In the new year, we will be building additional functions to allowing us to book out all machines in one space with the click of a button, for when we have workshops or events, such as Maker City and also creating an internal finance tool, to simplify invoicing for our members.

As a trusted partner, we’ve been given the green-light from Fabman to start building our own IoT devices that will allow us to provide members with smart lockers, door access and simplify materials purchasing.