Unless you’ve been living under a rock or swore off email several months ago, it’s likely that you’ll have received more than a couple of emails around data and privacy recently. As you may have gathered, this is due to GDPR – an EU-wide change in regulation that enters into force on 25th May in order to give citizens more control over their personal data in the digital age.
Monday night saw an excited contingent from Team Vanti take their seats at the InAVation Awards at Amsterdam’s Gashouder to find out if we were to return to Birmingham in a blaze of glory or empty handed. We knew we were up against some incredibly stiff competition in the Education Facility category, with a total of 10 finalists from around the world all hoping to take home the coveted award.
The project category finalists for the 2018 InAVation Awards were announced today, and we’re very pleased to announce that Vanti have been shortlisted in the Education Facility category for our work on Birmingham City University’s Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
September 2017 saw the launch of BCU’s new Birmingham Conservatoire, a state-of-the-art project that was several years in the making and took two years to construct. The world-class Conservatoire, which was granted a Royal status just two weeks after it opened, cost £57 million and features five public performance spaces, including the 500-seat concert hall, 150-seat recital hall, and a 100-seat organ studio. The building also boasts the UK’s first permanent conservatoire-based jazz space, which seats 80, and a flexible and versatile black-box studio called The Lab where students can experiment and innovate.
The last week of November saw the return of Silicon Canal’s annual Tech Awards, which took place this year at The Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Vanti were delighted to be nominated, then shortlisted, for the Small Tech Company of the Year award, and faced some stiff competition from GuyKat Solutions and Wealth Wizards. However, the panel of expert judges decided that Vanti were deserving of the title, and we graciously accepted our latest award!
We often talk about our core Vanti Values, and we do our very best to live by these every day. When we chose our Values, it was obvious to us that we needed to include Care because being considerate and compassionate is so integral to the way we operate as a team and as individuals.
It’s this empathy that drives us to seek out opportunities to provide help where we can and support causes and initiatives we believe in. When we learned that the UK division of GAiN (the Global Aid Network) were looking for corporate partners to help them deliver their incredibly valuable service, we didn’t hesitate to get involved.
Anyone who knows Vanti knows how much we love supporting innovative tech work and our local community, so when an opportunity recently came up to host the amazing Rebel Makers in our new office, there was no way we were going to say no.
For those of you unfamiliar with Rebel Makers, it’s a peer-to-peer digital making club open to all ages and abilities. Launched by Birmingham-based Rebel Labs in 2015, Rebel Makers allows anyone with an interest in technology to learn new skills and explore possibilities. There are now five clubs around the country, where monthly sessions allow techies to work on projects that range from electronics and programmable hardware, through to writing code, design, and media production.
Technology has come a long way in the past decade. The huge leaps forward in wireless communications in particular have paved the way for what we’ve come to know as ‘Smart’ spaces, with wifi, 4G, Bluetooth, and RFID enabling processes that we’d have written off as sci-fi not too long ago. The implication of this advancement is that tech is now almost omnipresent – what were called Smartphones are now just regular phones, we’re all almost constantly connected to the internet, and we increasingly use systems and devices to make our lives run more smoothly.
As Master Systems Integrators, Vanti bring Smart to life by creating incredible buildings and spaces that make their users and occupants happier and more productive, and help the owners and occupiers achieve their business goals. However, it’s not always straightforward – as Smart technology is a field still very much in its infancy, there are a number of assumptions people make and limitations companies like us encounter.