About Us

Welcome to Forest Rock

We are a software and technology company developing solutions for the Internet of Things. Based in the UK and Ireland, we specialise in IoT, Smart Buildings, Smart Cities, & Smart Grid solutions. We enable businesses, property owners, and occupants to better understand and control their facilities, to make informed decisions that are good for their pocket and the planet, and to increase their wellbeing and comfort.

We guide businesses through their digital transformation, leading the deployment of connected devices in industrial and commercial applications. Our team spans experienced engineers, young innovators and enterprise experts to deliver pioneering building automation solutions bringing value directly to your company.

Based on Loughborough University’s Science and Enterprise Park, we are plugged in to one of Europe’s most dynamic innovation communities. Fostering collaboration with world class researchers, we thrive on the cutting edge of IoT technologies; from energy management, through smart buildings, to global systems. Surrounded by global brands and closely collaborating with the University itself, Forest Rock stays at the forefront of IoT development.

Michael Kirkland

Managing director & founder

With a background in software engineering, Michael founded Forest Rock in 2010 with a vision of developing technologies to connect businesses to their buildings and systems.

Richard Seed

Operations director

Richard heads the engineering and software development teams at Forest Rock. He’s both a highly organised professional and fun on a night out.

Ian Kirkland

Commercial director

Ian manages the commercial and financial matters of Forest Rock. He enjoys family time, golf and running the odd 10k.

Philip Clarke

Managing Director (Ireland)

Philip heads up all operations in Ireland with an independent engineering and software development team based in Carlow, South of Dublin. Phil has a wealth of experience in the controls industry, he’s also a mad sports fan.

Exploring Wireless Technologies: From Basics to Advanced Applications

This blog post offers a comprehensive exploration of wireless technologies, detailing the types like cellular networks, LPWAN, LoRaWAN, WiFi, Bluetooth, and RFID-IoT. It discusses the key components and setups essential for effective wireless systems, and highlights the benefits such as flexibility, cost savings, and efficiency. The post further evaluates which wireless technology stands out and delves into future trends, including Network as a Service (NaaS), transformative IoT applications in homes, and the expansion of augmented and virtual reality technologies.

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LoRaWAN for Smart Buildings: How It’s Revolutionising Building Management

Explore the transformative impact of LoRaWAN on smart building management. This blog delves into how LoRaWAN’s extended communication range, low power consumption, and high network capacity make it ideal for managing HVAC, lighting, security systems, and more. Learn about its cost-effectiveness, ease of implementation, and how it pairs with technologies like 5G and AI to optimise and future-proof buildings.

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Get in touch with Us


We are always on the lookout for bright, talented, and driven individuals to join our team.

If you think you have what it takes to join our team, get in touch with our HR team here: recruitment@forestrock.co.uk.