Company develops revolutionary new crime detection products with University of Leicester expertise

Posted by pt91 at Oct 27, 2011 02:50 PM |
Record turnover, extra jobs and new export markets emerge following University-business partnership
Company develops revolutionary new crime detection products with University of Leicester expertise

Clive Mason of Video Domain Technologies Direct Limited.

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 27 October 2011

An East Midlands company has successfully developed a revolutionary new web-based alarm receiving software, thanks to collaboration with experts at one of the country's leading universities.

Video Domain Technologies (VDT) Direct Limited based in Mansfield, has been working with the University of Leicester during the development of the software, WebEye CMS. WebEye is the first and only software of its kind and allows for mobile security guards to monitor remote sites and receive video alarms whilst on the move.

As a result of the collaboration the company's turnover has increased by forty percent, is taking on extra staff and is considering the export of products to the American market.

The company anticipates a further 60-80 percent growth in turnover next year.

The development of this pioneering software represents the first in-house researched and developed new product for VDT, transforming the company from a distributor and reseller of other people’s goods and enhancing its marketing and sales functions. 

WebEye CMS, hosted on the world wide web cloud infrastructure and readily accessible to many different cable suppliers, promises to revolutionise the mobile and static guarding industry.  

It requires no other hardware than a 3G enabled phone, tablet or PC and can access video intrusion alarms live, as they happen.

Over fifteen months the University support for VDT grew from an industry secondment to a Masters (MSc) project and most recently a graduate internship through Innovation Partnerships project.   A Knowledge Transfer Partnership is expected to follow.

Managing Director of VDT, Mr Clive Mason, heard about the support available from the University of Leicester through his Growth Consultant.  

He commented:  “I was looking for help to move my company forward in a software environment and to have intellectual property rights on an idea that I thought would have a commercial potential.

“The collaboration with the University of Leicester has made a huge difference to the company.   Firstly we worked at a technical level, sending our employee - a graduate we had employed - to the University of Leicester for knowledge transfer in some very technical areas where we didn’t have the skills to produce the software.

“As a result, our employee has developed a commercial piece of software that went on the market a few weeks ago.”

Customer feedback has been highly encouraging and VDT has already started to make money from this product.

Mr Mason added:  “The most valuable thing we gained from the University is knowledge.   We’ve also gained more business and more profit, but knowledge is the most important thing.

“I would recommend other firms to work with the University of Leicester because this country needs to keep high level, highly skilled people in the UK to benefit UK industry and help keep this country ahead of other countries in the world.”

The collaboration between VDT and the University of Leicester is one which has been of benefit to all participants.  

Sophie Mason who is the Innovation Partnership Graduate Intern, in charge of marketing and sales at VDT, learned a great deal about the transferability of her own skills as a journalist graduate, as well as more technical information related to the products she was working with.  

Her experience on the internship has now helped her to get a full-time job with the company.  She said:   “I would encourage other recently qualified graduates to think about internships because you really get a chance to get your foot in the door somewhere and you can learn a lot from business people and academic staff, to develop yourself and become more employable.”

Anjuu Trevedi, director of Innovation Partnerships and Head of Regional Business Engagement at the University said: “It has been a real pleasure to work with and support VDT Direct. They knew from the start what they wanted to achieve but didn’t have the skills in-house to do so.  I have been very impressed with the company from day one; they were passionate about supporting their employee to gain new skills and in growing the business.  Their desire and commitment to grow and innovate has been very contagious. VDT is a good example of what can be achieved through partnerships working with the University of Leicester. I wish them continued success and look forward collaborating with them long into the future.”

More information on Video Domain Technologies Direct Limited and WebEye CMS is available from the company’s website: http://www.vdomain.co.uk/index.php5

Details of the different types of business support the University of Leicester can offer can be found on: http://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/ebdo

Notes to Editors: Further details are available from Mr Clive Mason, Managing Director, Video Domain Technologies Direct Limited, tel 0115 714 9990, email clive@vdomain.com

More information on the University of Leicester Enterprise and Business Development Office is available from Ms Anjuu Trevedi, Head of Regional Business Engagement, tel 0116 252 3354, email Anjuu.trevedi@leicester.ac.uk.

More information on Innovation Partnerships, ERDF funded project can be found at www.le.ac.uk/innovationpartnerships

EDRF

About ERDF nationally

The ERDF Programme aims to strengthen economic and social cohesion in the European Union by supporting regional economic development.

The ERDF objectives for England are:

  • Promoting innovation and knowledge transfer

  • Stimulating enterprise and supporting successful business

  • Ensuring sustainable development, production and consumption

  • Building sustainable communities

  • Improving accessibility and connectivity (for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly only – as part of their Convergence Programme).

A Programme Monitoring Committee consisting of regional stakeholders such as Government Offices, RDAs, Regional Assemblies, Local Authorities, Sub-regional Partnerships, Higher Education Institutions, Trade Unions, and the private and voluntary sectors will monitor and oversee programme implementation in each region.

For more information on ERDF funding generally, please visit www.communities.gov.uk/citiesandregions/european or http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/funds/feder/index_en.htm

About ERDF in the East Midlands

The East Midlands is eligible for €268.5m between 2007 and 2013, which when combined with match funding, provides a programme value of approximately €537m – a significant investment in the economic development of the region.

The East Midlands qualifies as a competitiveness and employment region under the EU’s Cohesion Policy, which aims to meet the EU Lisbon objective to become ‘the most competitive and dynamic knowledge based economy in the world, capable of sustainable economic growth with more and better jobs and greater social inclusion.’

East Midlands Development Agency (emda) is responsible for the programme management and delivery of the region’s 2007-13 ERDF Competitiveness Programme. The responsibility for ERDF programme management was transferred from the Government Office for the East Midlands (GOEM) to emda following a decision by the UK Government to seek greater alignment between ERDF and regional strategies and funding streams. The 2007-13 ERDF Programme is therefore set firmly within the framework of the Regional Economic Strategy.

A Programme Monitoring Committee, chaired by the Regional Director of Government Office for the East Midlands (GOEM), guides the strategic direction of the programme and works closely with emda.

To find out more about ERDF, the region’s strategy for delivering the funds, how to apply for funding and how the programme is managed, please visit www.eastmidlandserdf.org.uk

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