Manchester-based IoT firm Republic of Things has appointed two heavyweight non-executive directors (NEDs) to help guide its expansion.

The firm, which delivers sensor data analytics solutions to major public and private organisations, welcomes Phil Brunkard, previously head of technology strategy and innovation at BT as the first of two senior NED.

Brunkard is an experienced digital innovation and transformation expert, both as a practitioner and an expert commentator.

Dave Jones, the second appointment, is an interim CIO across sectors, with a long career progression through senior industrial and commercial roles.

Republic of Things was a partner in the CityVerve Innovate UK smart cities demonstrator in Manchester. During the two years of the project, the company was grant-aided to co-create tech solutions across social care, transport and asset management, as well as a flexible end-to-end platform it describes as an “IoT factory.”

“IoT relies on sensors remotely transmitting useful data, which A.I. analysis can turn into a new source of actionable interventions,” said co-founder Andrew Beechener.

“We now have a plug-and-play capability across transport, new models of health care, industry, the home, and asset management.”

The firm said it had also responded to customer demand for data and analytics solutions in an increasing number of sectors and is currently handling its first two export inquiries.

Its current projects include data analysis of in-home people movement and environmental factors to inform national health and habitation best practices. In broader commercial markets, an asset management tool has been released, and research into motor performance is underway.

The company is currently gearing up resources and investment to respond to fast growing opportunities, co-founder Malcolm Evans said.

“Phil and Dave join us as we enter our decisive scaling up phase,” said Evans.

“We have always received fantastic support in CityVerve’s Manchester home city. We are now rapidly spreading out by sector and solution. We aim to be globally significant players in the data-informed responsive world increasingly enabled by maturing IoT.”