Technology

Fast-growing Bath iris recognition tech firm snapped up by digital camera innovator FotoNation

February 27, 2015
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Fast-growing Bath iris recognition tech firm snapped up by digital camera innovator FotoNation

Bath-based Smart Sensors, a pioneer of iris recognition technology, has been acquired by FotoNation in a deal that will put its products into millions of devices across the world. Over the past 10 years Smart Sensors, based at Bath's Innovation Centre, has developed tools for iris feature extraction, biometric key creation and fast-matching which...

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Bath IT innovator IPL signs deal with FirstGroup to cut delays and improve information for passengers

February 26, 2015
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Bath IT innovator IPL signs deal with FirstGroup to cut delays and improve information for passengers

Transport operator FirstGroup has agreed a five-year IT innovation framework with IPL, the Bath-based specialist systems integrator. Under the agreement the companies will work together to identify and develop ways to improve the experience of passengers using its train companies, including First Great Western, which operates the London-West of England services through Bath. Early...

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West firms urged to look east and explore opportunities in India

February 25, 2015
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West firms urged to look east and explore opportunities in India

The Indian market will be demystified and the commercial opportunities outlined at a seminar for West of England firms next week. Speaking at the event in Castle Combe, near Chippenham, on Thursday March 5, will be Siddharth Mukne, business adviser at the UK India Business Council, and Waseem Hussain, internationally renowned expert on doing...

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Barclays event will explore how to lead in the digital age through the use of intelligent social media

February 20, 2015
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Barclays event will explore how to lead in the digital age through the use of intelligent social media

With businesses becoming increasingly reliant on the successful use of social media to grow, Barclays is staging an event next week highlighting some of its more effective tools. Called Leading in the Digital Age – the use of Intelligent Social Media, the event at UWE’s Frenchay Campus near Bristol on Wednesday evening will hear...

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Virtual reality conference set to make West of England major player in fast-growing industry

February 20, 2015
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Virtual reality conference set to make West of England major player in fast-growing industry

Bath creative and tech firms are being invited to hear some of the biggest names in the world of gaming and entertainment at a major event next week that will put the West of England on the global map for the fast-growing virtual reality industry. Leading lights from Sony and Bossa Studios have joined...

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University of Bath research opens door for UK’s first straw houses to go on market

February 13, 2015
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University of Bath research opens door for UK’s first straw houses to go on market

Research from the University of Bath’s Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering has resulted in the UK’s first affordable straw homes going on sale this week. The houses are an affordable, low carbon and fuel-efficient means of housebuilding with fuel bills up 90% cheaper than an equivalent brick-built house. Part-desinged by Bath-based Integral Engineering...

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New research shows South West tech firms predict strong growth

February 13, 2015
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New research shows South West tech firms predict strong growth

South West tech firms are poised to grow at four times the rate of the economy this year, according to new research. Some 58% of the firms quizzed as part of Barclays’ Fast Growth Tech survey said they expect their business to grow by up to 10%, with 19% forecasting growth of between 10%...

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Industry awards shortlisting for Nationwide smartwatch app developed by Bath tech firm IPL

February 6, 2015
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Industry awards shortlisting for Nationwide smartwatch app developed by Bath tech firm IPL

A voice-recognition smartwatch banking app developed by Bath-based IT services firm IPL for building society Nationwide is in the running for two top industry awards. The cutting-edge app, built in less than a month, enabled Nationwide to become the UK’s first financial service provider to offer its customers real-time balances on Android watches. Working...

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Major new report ranks Bath and Bristol as UK’s top tech area outside London

February 5, 2015
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Major new report ranks Bath and Bristol as UK’s top tech area outside London

The Bristol & Bath area has been named as the UK’s most important centre for the fast-growing digital industry outside of London. A major new report – called Powering a Digital Economy 2015 – says the area is home to a globally-significant cluster of innovative businesses and a hotbed for future technologies. Businesses are...

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Infographic: Major new report ranks Bath and Bristol as UK’s top tech area outside London

February 5, 2015
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Infographic: Major new report ranks Bath and Bristol as UK’s top tech area outside London

Click on the image to see why Tech City UK ranks the Bristol and Bath area as the UK’s most important tech cluster outside of London in its Powering a Digital Economy 2015 report.

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