Derry Software Innovator Attracts Taiwanese Technology Leader

Oct 19, 2004

Original software developed by EyeSpyFX, a Magee Campus spin-out company supported by Invest Northern Ireland, has attracted the attention of one of the world’s biggest manufacturers of IT equipment.
24/9/2004

Original software developed by EyeSpyFX, a Magee Campus spin-out company supported by Invest Northern Ireland, has attracted the attention of one of the world’s biggest manufacturers of IT equipment.

Taiwan-based Plustek has signed a partnership with EyeSpyFX that has enabled it to use the Derry company’s software in a new range of Internet linked web cameras.

EyeSpyFX pioneered software that enables the tiny computer-linked webcams to be tilted and panned for better all round vision. The technology can also be used in home security, providing a means to monitor premises by computer or mobile phone.

Anthony Hutton, EyeSpyFX’s founder and managing director, describes the Plustek partnership as “an exciting breakthrough which highlights the tremendous market potential of our software”.

“This is a tremendous endorsement of our technology by an international industry leader. I met senior executives from Plustek at major technology show in Taipei, the Taiwanese capital.

“The timing of my visit couldn’t have been better. Plustek was seeking a supplier of pan and tilt software for webcams. The company’s technical team was impressed by our technical expertise and discussions about a partnership started then and there. In addition to supplying software to Plustek, we have produced and are now actively marketing our own webcam software products,” Mr Hutton adds.

EyeSpyFX has received assistance from Invest NI’s North West Local Office (NWLO) towards the development and marketing of the software. It has also taken part in Invest NI marketing initiatives in the US and the Netherlands.

Kevin Helferty, NWLO manager, commenting on EyeSpyFX’s latest success, said: “This is the type of technology-driven company that we are keen to see develop in global markets. Our North West Action Plan is focused on the development of new generation technology projects that are needed to create a more dynamic and modern economy,” he adds.

Plustek is the world leader in the manufacture of scanners used to copy documents, pictures and other materials to computer for a range of applications including websites.
EyeSpyFX, formed in 2002, has also lined up another partnership with SmileCam USA that will help to increase awareness of its technology in North America.

Recent applications of EyeSpyFX’s technology include ‘Gorilla Watch’ at Paignton Zoo in Devon. This provides a ‘live’ view of the gorilla enclosure by computer or by means of a mobile phone.

“Zoos are increasingly inviting people, particularly children, to sponsor an animal. Our technology fits in perfectly with this because it provides a ‘live’ view of the animal,” Mr Hutton adds.

In addition, EyeSpyFX has further developed its technology to enable mobile phone users to watch a ‘live’ event, such as a football match or a pop concert.

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