10 Things You May Not Know About Spica

by | 22 Feb 2023

Spica Technologies is an innovative company that specializes in developing and implementing IoT (Internet of Things) solutions for smart buildings. But did you know that there is much more to this company than just cutting-edge technology? In this blog post, we will delve deeper into the company and uncover 10 fascinating things that you may not know about Spica Technologies.

1. How Spica started

Spica Technologies was founded in 2015 by a group of entrepreneurs who were passionate about harnessing the power of IoT to improve the way we live and work. Since then, the company has grown rapidly and has become a leading provider of IoT solutions for smart buildings.

Our first-ever solution Healthy Water came about from co-founder Paul Collins encountering a manual process for testing water systems for Legionella that was processed in an outdated way that could benefit from a digital software solution that would improve safety, accuracy and efficiency.

Together co-founders Tim Streather, Paul Collins, Ben Williams alongside Product Director Lynda Gillson and Client Technical Director Paul Jones have gone on to bring to market solutions like Workspace, Smart Cleaning and more.

2. Spica Technologies was acquired by Nordomatic

In 2022, Spica Technologies was acquired by Nordomatic, a leading provider of smart building solutions in the Nordic region. The acquisition has enabled Spica Technologies to leverage Nordomatic’s expertise and resources to accelerate its growth and expand its product offerings.

3. Spica is constantly evolving

Spica Technologies is constantly striving to improve its IoT solutions to meet the ever-changing needs of the market. We are working to improve our Spica Workplace GemEx Engine® platform and App, developing new features that are assisting us significantly in providing value to our clients. 

Here are some of the creative innovations developed and released by our team in 2022:

These include the Requests module, which simplifies and streamlines service requests, the Visits module, which enhances communication between visitors, hosts, and reception staff, and Booking Analytics, which provides a more in-depth view of booking and occupancy data. Additionally, we have recently launched Yanzi Health, a new IoT sensor from the Yanzi Networks product range that offers improved accuracy and can act as a mesh node for other Yanzi sensors. Stay ahead of the curve with Spica Technologies, where we are committed to constantly evolving and improving our solutions.

Read our latest blog posts, where we provided a comprehensive rundown of all the new features and updates to our Spica Workplace Platform Gem Ex Engine and App:

Spica Workplace App new features and updates

Spica Roundup 2022: Updates and new features

4. How to pronounce Spica

 Spica is pronounced: “Spy.ka” This unique name comes from the brightest star in the constellation Virgo and reflects the company’s focus on innovation and excellence.

5. We have a diverse workforce

Spica Technologies and Nordomatic are both committed to promoting gender equality and diversity in the workplace. Spica Technologies boasts a workforce that is 33% women, reflecting their belief in equal opportunities for all genders. Nordomatic has signed up for the SHE index and set targets to monitor annually, including pay disparities between genders. They are also actively working towards achieving a gender-balanced leadership team and hope to score above 50 on the SHE index by 2030. We recognize that diversity drives innovation and success and are taking concrete steps to ensure that they foster a culture of inclusivity.

Check out our blog on Woman’s Day from last year:

Woman’s Day 2022 Blog

6. Spica’s commitment to company culture

One thing that sets us apart is our company culture. We value collaboration, creativity, and diversity, and we encourage our team members to think outside the box and challenge themselves. We believe that our employees are our greatest asset, and we invest in their professional development and well-being.

To foster a sense of community and promote team building, we have social events and provide free lunches for all employees every three weeks. These events not only help to boost morale and promote employee engagement but also encourage a collaborative and supportive work environment.

Check out our new starter blog in 2022:

New starters in 2022

Social events in 2022
Christmas Party 2022

7. Our solutions are tailored to each customer

At Spica Technologies, we believe that there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution when it comes to IoT. That’s why we work closely with each customer to understand their unique needs and provide customized solutions that meet their specific requirements. 

We understand that every business has unique needs and requirements, so we work closely with each customer to ensure that our solutions meet their specific needs. We offer a white-label app for employee communications, allowing our customers to choose their own brand logo and colours to create an app that is tailored to their company and workplace. We also offer a wide range of modules and integration options, so our customers can select the ones they want and customize their IoT solutions accordingly. 

Spica Workplace Platform Gem Ex Engine is an integration agnostic, meaning that it can seamlessly integrate with any software or hardware our customers require. Our products can integrate with the software or hardware you require. We work with best-of-breed sensors, harmonising data from multiple sources into one consistent contextualised UI. By providing tailored IoT solutions, we help our customers achieve their goals and improve their businesses in the most efficient and effective way possible.

8. We work with some of the biggest brands in the world

Spica Technologies has worked with a wide range of customers, from small startups to multinational corporations. Some of our biggest customers include EY, M&G & many more!

9. Spica has won multiple awards/nominations

Spica Technologies has established itself as a leader in the field of IoT solutions, receiving multiple accolades for its innovative products and services. 

Spica Energy ecopilot®  also shortlisted for the Product Innovation of the Year Award at the BESA Group National Awards 2022, highlighting its potential to transform the HVAC industry. The company was further recognized for its contributions to the field of technology and innovation, as it was shortlisted for the Excellence in Technology & Innovation Award at the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Awards.

Additionally, Spica was listed as number 22 on BusinessCloud’s  PropTech 50, which recognizes the most innovative property technology creators in the UK. The company’s commitment to fostering a diverse and talented team was also recognized, as team member Małgorzata Sosnowska was nominated in the Rising Star category for the Midlands Women in Tech Award 2022.  

In November 2021, the company’s partnership with Atos earned them the Partners in Technology Application award at the prestigious PFM Awards, which recognizes excellence in Facilities Management. Their winning entry included cutting-edge sensor technology and workplace experience software from the GemEx Engine Workspace, which resulted in a substantial annual savings of £5 million.

 These nominations and awards showcase Spica Technologies’ continued commitment to innovation, excellence, and diversity in the technology industry.

10. We’re passionate about sustainability

At Spica Technologies, we believe that IoT can play a key role in promoting sustainability and reducing our impact on the environment. That’s why we’re committed to developing solutions that help our customers reduce their energy consumption and carbon footprint. The recent Nordomatic Sustainability Report highlights Spica’s ongoing commitment to sustainability and its efforts to build a more sustainable future.

Spica Technologies is a company that is passionate about IoT technology, innovation, diversity, and sustainability. With a commitment to customized solutions and a strong focus on company culture, it’s no wonder that Spica has quickly become a leading provider of IoT solutions for smart buildings.