Technology

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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Plessey signs agreement to sell its hi-tech products into UK lighting market

September 4, 2014
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Plessey signs agreement to sell its hi-tech products into UK lighting market

Swindon innovator Plessey is to distribute its pioneering lighting technology in the UK and Ireland as it looks to maximise its potential. The hi-tech firm, which has its roots in Swindon’s micro-electronics industry and still has a base in the town, is developing lighting products using gallium-nitride-on-silicon (GaN-on-Si) technology. The agreement with electronics distributor...

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Pioneering Swindon firms secure LEP growth funding to put town on map for innovation

August 29, 2014
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Pioneering Swindon firms secure LEP growth funding to put town on map for innovation

Some of the Swindon area’s most innovative small firms are sharing hundreds of thousands of pounds of funding to create new jobs and help them reach their business potential. The money comes from the third tranche of the £750,000 Gateway for Growth programme, which has been co-ordinated by the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise...

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Rebrand for Technology Strategy Board puts emphasis on business-led innovation

August 28, 2014
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Rebrand for Technology Strategy Board puts emphasis on business-led innovation

The Swindon-based Technology Strategy Board, the Government body that aims to accelerate economic growth by stimulating and supporting business-led innovation, has changed its name to Innovate UK The organisation, based at North Star, started to use the new branding this month and will continue to change its signage, printed material and events and conference...

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Ambassador to highlight trade opportunities in fast-growing, tech-savvy South Korea

August 26, 2014
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Ambassador to highlight trade opportunities in fast-growing, tech-savvy South Korea

West firms will be able to learn about commercial opportunities in one of the world’s fastest-growing economies when the British Ambassador to South Korea visits the region next week. Scott Wightman will be joined by CEO of the British Chamber of Commerce in Korea, David Lee, at the free event staged by UK Trade...

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Swindon UTC boosted by website agreement with Digital Trading

August 21, 2014
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Swindon UTC boosted by website agreement with Digital Trading

Specialist web agency Digital Trading has agreed to manage UTC Swindon’s website as part of the firm’s commitment to the community, engineering and education. Faringdon-based Digital Trading, which supplies a range of digital business services, says the UTC’s (University Technical College) philosophy of providing young people with an education built around the needs of...

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New investment manager at BGF looking to fund Wiltshire’s high-growth businesses

August 19, 2014
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New investment manager at BGF looking to fund Wiltshire’s high-growth businesses

BGF, the business growth fund set up to help the UK’s growing smaller and medium-sized firms, has appointed Sarah Ledwidge as an investment manager for Wiltshire, the Thames Valley and Hampshire. Sarah, pictured, will be responsible for identifying investable businesses and working with them to achieve their growth plans. Her appointment brings BGF’s Bristol-based...

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Alert over powerful new computer virus that holds its victims’ data to ransom

August 5, 2014
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Alert over powerful new computer virus that holds its victims’ data to ransom

Swindon businesses are being warned of a new computer virus with the potential to lock down their systems and hold them to ransom. The alert comes from Sensata, the Royal Wootton Bassett-based IT services firm, which believes the CTB-Locker bug is more potent and resilient than the recent, much-publicised Cryptolocker virus and presents a...

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