Londonderry Innovation Showcased at Global Technology Event

EyeSpyFX, the Londonderry company that is pioneering webcam technology, has won a United Kingdom competition for innovation, and will be showcased at CeBIT 2005 in Hannover, Germany, the world’s biggest technology exhibition, from 10-16 March.

A further four Northern Ireland companies will be taking part in an Invest Northern Ireland organised trade development visit. The companies on the visit are: Fern Computer Services, Belfast; MCS Group, Lisburn; Sensor Systems Watchman, Craigavon; and Swan Labs, Belfast.

EyeSpyFX gained a place among a select group of the 10 most innovative smaller business in the UK which will be featured on a special technology display at the international event.

Formed in 2002 by Anthony Hutton, a lecturer at the University of Ulster’s Magee Campus, EyeSpyFX gained a place at the prestigious event in an open competition for small to medium sized enterprises(SMEs) organised by UK Trade and Investment of the Department of Industry.

Alan Hingston, Invest NI’s director of Trade, says: “CeBIT is an ideal platform for a company such as EyeSpyFX and those in the trade development visit which have innovative technology and wish to reach the widest possible audience quickly.

“The exhibition regularly attracts around 800,000 visitors and most will be from organisations seeking the latest technology products and services.

“Many of the visitors will be from major manufacturers interested in harnessing new ideas and technology by means of partnerships and alliances with smaller businesses. To assist our companies in marketing their products and services, we regularly organise trade visits to the show,” he adds.

Mr Hutton, commenting on the company’s latest success, says: “This is a marvellous endorsement of our technology and it will be extremely beneficial for us to be featured in one of the exhibition’s most important stands.

“The competition for places on the stand was intense and attracted technology companies from many parts of the UK. I was encouraged to enter by Invest Northern Ireland and decided to apply.

“I was subsequently short listed and received an invitation to make a detailed presentation about our software and hardware products to a UK Trade and Investment judging panel,” he adds.

EyeSpyFX will show its existing range of software and launch two new webcam software products at the show. The company’s software enables tiny webcams to be accessed and controlled through the internet or by mobile phone.