A BLIDWORTH company has helped to develop new crime cracking software which will create more jobs and is set to be exported across the Atlantic.
Video Domain Technologies (VDT) Direct Limited, on Burma Road, has been working with the University of Leicester during the development of WebEye CMS.
The web-based alarm receiving software allows mobile security guards to monitor remote sites and receive video alarms while on the move for the first time.
As a result of a partnership with the university, VDT Direct’s turnover has increased by 40 per cent and growth of up to 80 per cent growth is anticipated next year. The company is also taking on extra staff and is now considering the export of the software to the American market.
VDT Direct’s managing director Clive Mason said: “The collaboration with the University of Leicester has made a huge difference to the company.
“We placed an employee within the university to gain knowledge in some very technical areas where we simply didn’t have the in-house skills to produce the software. As a result of the knowledge transfer, we have been able to develop our own commercial piece of software which has really helped to move the company forward.
“The most valuable thing we gained from the university is knowledge. Yes, we’ve gained more business and more profit, but knowledge has been the most important aspect.
“I strongly believe we need to encourage and retain highly skilled people in the UK to benefit the UK industry. University partnerships are a great way to drive innovation forward and achieve business growth.”
WebEye CMS requires only a 3G-enabled phone, tablet or computer and can access video intrusion alarms live, as they happen.
Anjuu Trevedi, director of innovation partnerships at Leicester University, said: “VDT Direct knew from the start what they wanted to achieve but didn’t have the skills in-house to do so.
“They were passionate about supporting their employee to gain new skills and in growing the business and their desire and commitment to grow and innovate has been very contagious.”