Technology

Wiltshire IT group SciSys’ staff celebrate historic comet landing – even if it didn’t quite go to plan

November 18, 2014
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Wiltshire IT group SciSys’ staff celebrate historic comet landing – even if it didn’t quite go to plan

Staff at SciSys, the Chippenham-based specialist software firm, have been celebrating their role in the historic touchdown of the Rosetta space mission’s lander on the comet 67P some 500million km from Earth. SciSys developed the software for the mission control system (MCS) for the European Space Agency (ESA) project. The software has been used...

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Digital design conference hears how Nationwide’s ‘user experience’ is essential to its success

November 14, 2014
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Swindon-based Nationwide Building Society’s success in interacting with its savers, investors and potential customers has been explained to a major industry conference on user experience (UX) and digital design. Nationwide’s user experience consultant Dan Healy spoke about his role at the UK’s largest building society at the event, called Collaborate, which attracted UX and...

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Major investment to spark new phase of growth for Swindon’s latest hi-tech business

October 24, 2014
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Major investment to spark new phase of growth for Swindon’s latest hi-tech business

Swindon’s newest hi-tech firm, PRP Optoelectronics, has received a multi-million pound investment to develop innovative products at its new plant in the town. The firm announced earlier this month that it is to develop a 100,000 sq ft state-of-the-art design and manufacturing base at Hillmead to make market-leading light emitting diode (LED) technology. The...

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Software innovator SciSys buoyed by £1m RNLI lifeboat contract extension

October 7, 2014
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Software innovator SciSys buoyed by £1m RNLI lifeboat contract extension

Specialist software firm SciSys has landed a £1m extension to a contract to supply its innovative technology to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). The Chippenham-based firm was originally contracted to supply system and information management (SIMS) systems for the first 11 vessels in the RNLI’s latest class of lifeboat, the Shannon, pictured. The...

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SciSys on launchpad for more growth after profits soar by 86%

September 24, 2014
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SciSys on launchpad for more growth after profits soar by 86%

Specialist software group SciSys has signalled more acquisitions after it reported interim pre-tax profits up by 86% and a strong order book. The profits rise to £1.3m at the Chippenham-headquartered international business was achieved despite revenues for the six months to June 30 dipping by 1% to £21.1m. Chairman Mike Love, pictured, said the...

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Swindon Business News partners with region’s biggest and most prestigious business exhibition

September 18, 2014
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Swindon Business News partners with region’s biggest and most prestigious business exhibition

Swindon Business News has teamed up with the region’s biggest business exhibition, Business Showcase South West, as it prepares to return for a second year.  Business Showcase South West 2015 (BSSW 2015) will build on the success of the inaugural event earlier this year which attracted nearly 2,000 attendees, exhibitors and big-name speakers including...

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Swindon’s tech pioneers can prove they are among region’s bright sparks by entering coveted awards

September 18, 2014
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Swindon’s tech pioneers can prove they are among region’s bright sparks by entering coveted awards

Swindon and Wiltshire’s hi-tech innovators are being urged to enter an awards scheme that aims to find the best tech firms in the West. The SPARKies will showcase the leading people, products and companies that make up the tech industry across a region spreading from Swindon to Bath, Bristol and Gloucestershire. Due to rising...

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SciSys lands Mars rover software contract worth €2m

September 16, 2014
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SciSys lands Mars rover software contract worth €2m

IT innovator SciSys has secured a €2m (£1.59m) order to develop software for the next Mars rover as part of the European Space Agency’s 2018 mission to the red planet. The Chippenham-based firm, which has its roots in the space industry, will work on the vehicle visual localisation flight software (VISLOC) responsible for self-localising...

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Half-year profits tumble on lower sales at Swindon tech group Stilo

September 12, 2014
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Half-year profits tumble on lower sales at Swindon tech group Stilo

Shares in Swindon-based tech group Stilo International continued to fall today as investors reacted to interim results revealing a sharp decline in profits. The Windmill Hill-based group, which provides content processing technology and cloud content conversion to major tech firms, reported a 46% decrease in pre-tax profits to £39,000 for the six months to...

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Dyson launches the robot vacuum that cleans up while you’re out

September 5, 2014
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Dyson launches the robot vacuum that cleans up while you’re out

North Wiltshire-based Dyson has unveiled its latest innovative appliance aimed at revolutionising household chores – a powerful robot vacuum cleaner that works even when its owner isn’t home. Launched to great fanfare in Tokyo yesterday, and using technology developed at Dyson’s world-beating Malmesbury research and development centre, the 360 Eye can be controlled via...

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