Meet the Team: Cameron Reid
Firmware engineer Cameron talks about his love of coffee, being a self-confessed ‘IoT tinkerer’, and charity haircuts.

Meet Cameron Reid, Firmware Engineer

Innovation, disruption and problem-solving is at the heart of what we do. In our Meet the Team series, we introduce the experts behind our solution.

This month we chat to firmware engineer Cameron who joined the team last year. Here we find out about his love of coffee, being a self-confessed ‘IoT tinkerer’, and charity haircuts. What does he do, what does he enjoy about his role, and how will he answer our ‘quick fire questions’?

Hi Cameron, can you start by telling us a bit about yourself?

I joined R3-IoT last year as a Firmware Engineer, having previously worked as part of a team developing an acoustic seal deterrent for salmon farms. It sounds complicated, but simply put the device plays certain noises to humanely discourage seals from eating fish farm stock. Prior to that I spent time in Sydney working as a Quality Assurance Engineer and doing what I love most - travelling.

In my spare time I enjoy getting outdoors and keeping fit - it's a good way to reset and recharge. Recently I’ve also been testing out my DIY skills in my flat which has been keeping me busy, although I don’t think I’m ready for ‘Homes Under The Hammer’ just yet! Another big passion of mine recently has been working on my IoT and home automation projects – working in a business involved with IoT is great because it opens your mind to just how much we rely on the technology in our everyday lives.

What do you do at R3-IoT?

I work on developing and testing the code that runs on our hardware. We write mostly in python and C, and I work on every project the company is involved in, looking at how to relay customer data to the cloud in the most efficient way possible. I'm also involved in research and development work exploring the potential future capabilities of our technology.

Can you sum up a typical workday?

Although no two days are the same, I always start off with a coffee. After that, I like to do some work from home before cycling into the office for the morning standup meeting – the hybrid working style suits me well, and I love the flexibility on offer. After that, it’s time for more coffee as I write and test code. After lunch I’ll be doing a range of things, from working on hardware to checking in on our existing deployments. Every day is different, which is the fun part of the job - and depending on the day of the week my late afternoon will be aided by more coffee or beer.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

I enjoy the laid-back but challenging working environment and seeing rapid results from all our hard work.

What do you see as the biggest challenges companies face when they lack connectivity, and can’t digitise?

Information is the currency of the 21st century. Without a good connection to access this stream of information companies are missing out on one of their most valuable resources.

We know that you’ve previously chopped your hair off in aid of charity. Tell us more about that?

During the first lockdown in 2020 my already-long hair got pretty out of control and needed a chop - it reached all the way to the bottom of my back. I decided to do this and donate the hair to the Little Princess Trust, a charity that makes wigs for young girls going through chemotherapy, and managed to raise just shy of £500 for the charity in the process.

Cameron Reid
Hair cut for charity

Quick fire questions:

  • What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I play rugby, enjoy visiting coffee shops and fixing up old road bikes.

  • Favourite holiday destination and why?

Anywhere I haven't been yet, because variety is the spice of life.

  • If you could be anyone for the day, who would you be? Why?

The more I think about this I would just want to be myself. Being famous looks stressful!

  • Dog or cat person?

I want to say both...but probably a little more cat.

  • Favourite food?

My mum’s lasagne.

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