It’s a long journey from programming software games at school to being a global leader in one of the most dynamic and complex industries on the planet.
Justin Anderson and Richie Saville first met in the computer centre of Stowe School. Their careers took them in different directions but they teamed up to found Flexeye in 2005. Its aim was to create large scale digital systems whose speed and flexibility would keep them useable for longer.
The company has flourished, building partnerships with leading global consulting firms and technology companies. A decade on it employs a global team of 45 highly skilled staff in Guildford, Canary Wharf, Los Angeles and Hyderabad, India. It’s a respected and acknowledged innovator, leading big changes in the way we use technology.
Unlocking the Internet of Things
Flexeye’s expertise makes it a leader in developing the common standards and protocols that will unlock the potential of the Internet of Things (IoT) – physical infrastructures and products connected by a digital infrastructure supported by the Internet.
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So how does a ‘mid-sized’ tech company stay cutting-edge without the deep pockets of a multi-national? How does it avoid the development ‘valley of death’?
Flexeye’s strategy is to build strong partnerships via a series of collaborative R&D projects – supported by grant funding from Innovate UK:
it worked with Jaguar Landrover to establish secure ways to share and protect IP when collaborating via cloud technology
it led the ‘Eyehub’ demonstrator project – 8 partners connected data from a variety of sources to enhance the personal safety of students and staff at the University of Surrey
HyperCat – levelling the global playing field
The success of ‘Eyehub’ and other demonstrator projects led to the birth of the HyperCat consortium. 40 stakeholders – application developers, data owners, end users, large and small companies – are working to create an inclusive ‘one stop shop’ of best practice for the Internet of Things – that will help it grow in the same way as the world wide web.
There’s a lot at stake. The potential global economic gain in this area is estimated as being around $1.9 trillion by 2020. The consortium, led by Flexeye, recently received an additional £1.6 million in funding from Innovate UK.