DIGIT Deal Roundup January 2019

DIGIT Deal Roundup January 2019

Welcome to the first DIGIT Deal Roundup of 2019! This month we cover new partnerships, funding, and contracts from companies such as Fortinet, Incentive Games and Smart Metering Systems. 

Funding

Mocean Energy and AWS Ocean Energy

UK Wave EnergyEdinburgh-based Mocean Energy and Inverness-based AWS Ocean Energy have been jointly granted £7.7 million in funding from Wave Energy Scotland to build and test wave energy machines.

The research and development will be conducted at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney. Testing is due to start in 2020  in real ocean conditions.

Commenting on the funding awards, Wave Energy Scotland’s managing director, Tim Hurst, said: “These state-of-the-art designs represent the most advanced and innovative devices in the UK today, and our programme is ensuring that Scotland stays front and centre of the global wave energy story.

“Both devices have already proved their suitability during tank testing and in modelling, and the next step is to test them in real-sea conditions. This funding will allow both companies to further develop their designs before building and testing the prototypes in Orkney in 2020, where marine engineering expertise is plentiful.”

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Contracts

arbnco

UC DavisGlasgow-based property tech company, arbnco, has secured its first international contract. The company was selected by the University of  California, Davis (UC Davis) to help it make energy savings.

UC Davis will deploy two of arbnco’s proprietary software solutions to enable it to identify energy and cost savings in buildings and understand indoor air quality conditions in offices and classrooms.

As a result of the deal, arbnco has opened its first US office in Detroit and has plans to open a second office in California early this year.

arbnco set its sights on the US market after participating in an energy trade mission to New York in 2018, led by Scottish Development International.

Maureen Eisbrenner, co-founder, CEO and chairman of arbnco, said: “This is a really exciting time for arbnco, and for Scottish innovation more generally, as we begin to translate our UK success into the US market. Globally, 236 billion USD was spent on improving energy efficiency in 2017, and 59% of that was in the buildings sector, so the opportunity for arbnco is huge both in the US and the rest of the world.

Want to find out more? Read the original article here.


EE

EE Police ScotlandThe Scottish Police Authority (SPA) has selected mobile operator EE to supply mobile services to Police Scotland. The contract, worth £21m will span a three year period and will provide officers with new mobile devices.

EE will act as Police Scotland’s main contractor and mobile network supplier, while Motorola will supply the Pronto Digital Notebook software.

Commenting on the contract award, assistant chief constable Malcolm Graham said: “This contract signifies the commitment Police Scotland and the SPA have in leading the force into a more digitally focussed future.

“The use of mobile devices will revolutionise the way officers and staff access systems, currently only available from desktop and laptop computers within police stations, enabling them to work on crime prevention and community-based policing to keep people safe, whether in the public, private or virtual space.”

Graham added: “We look forward to working with EE and suppliers on this project, which is a significant investment for the future of policing in Scotland.”

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Smart Metering Systems

electricity meterGlasgow-based integrated meeting services company, Smart Metering Systems (SMS), has signed a deal with Octopus Energy to supply a  minimum of 200,000 new SMETS2 meters.

This deal is part of a UK Government programme, requiring domestic energy supply companies to provide all of their customers with a smart meter in homes and small businesses across the UK by 2020.

SMS CEO Alan Foy said: “We’re delighted to be working with Octopus Energy, a supplier of 100% green electricity. Octopus Energy is backed by the Octopus Group, which is a large investor in renewable generation internationally and the United Kingdom’s largest investor in solar power.

“SMS, like Octopus Energy, are committed to leading the smart energy revolution and SMS looks forward to bringing the benefits of smart meters to Octopus Energy’s customers.”

Octopus Energy CFO Stuart Jackson said: “The size of this partnership is a result of Octopus Energy’s tremendous growth and ambition. Our success is driven by our unique technology and commitment to customer service, as demonstrated by Octopus being the only energy supplier recommended by Which?”

Want to find out more? Read the original article here.


Fortinet

Scottish Government ZoneFoxThe Scottish Government has chosen Fortinet, which recently acquired Edinburgh-based ZoneFox, to supply a fully cloud-hosted service to protect all Government employees and data across more than 15,000 endpoints.

Fortinet says that its threat detection system will enable the government to identify the source of incidents, such as ransomware, in a matter of minutes.

Commenting on the announcement, Neill Cooper, sales director at Fortinet, said: “We address the Scottish Government’s need to improve its information security in response to heightened threats in the market.

“Through our work with the Scottish Government, the organisation will be able to protect business-critical data and IP, identify anomalous behaviour both on and off the network, and prove compliance within industry standards and regulations such as GDPR.

“We are delighted to play such a pivotal role in safeguarding Scottish citizens and those connected to them.”

Want to find out more? Read the original article here.


Partnerships

Amiqus Resolution

Amiqus Law Society of ScotlandEdinburgh-based technology firm Amiqus Resolution will partner with the Law Society of Scotland to develop and deliver software products for law firms across Scotland.

Amiqus will provide insight, support, guidance and accessible solutions for Scottish solicitors as they move increasingly to new ways of working.

As part of a new initiative, Amiqus will support alternative dispute resolution, a development influenced by the International Council of Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) 2020 Conference in Edinburgh.

Callum Murray, CEO at Amiqus, said: “We’ve worked with the Law Society of Scotland for a number of years now and we’re delighted to advance our commitment to the sector.

“Supporting innovation in Scotland as a jurisdiction is a high priority for us as we build a team and products that are able to compete globally. Working collaboratively, the Scottish legal sector has the opportunity to lead internationally, and we’re thrilled to be part of it.”

Want to find out more? Read the original article here.


Incentive Games

fantasy footballEdinburgh-based app specialists Incentive games has partnered with South African up and coming bookmaker BetLion. The new partnership will see Incentive Game’s two flagship products rolled out in Africa: a fantasy football competition and a score predictor game.

The company will develop a bespoke app for BetLion, that will provide players with the chance to win cash through their free-to-play games.

This new partnership will help Incentive Games, formerly Premier Punt, continue their plans for international expansion. The company is also eyeing the US online sports betting market.

Incentive Games chief executive John Gordon said: “We are delighted to be integrating with such a fast-growing sportsbook in BetLion. Our shared values of looking to offer best-in-class, engaging experiences for users is our springboard to launch successfully across Africa.”

Want to find out more? Read the original article here.


East Lothian Housing Association

Waterstons East Lothian Housing AssociationEast Lothian Housing Association (ELHA) is to partner with Waterstons, a business and IT consultancy to undergo a four-year IT transformation programme. The purpose of the project is to future-proof the ELHA’s IT systems while boosting the resilience of its online services.

Martin Pollhammer, ELHA chief executive, said: “Our sector-leading digital services are now used by the majority of our tenants, and as we develop these further, we need to ensure we have safe and secure systems that are flexible to our needs.

“This partnership with Waterstons and DataVita not only improves our position in the present, it opens up all sorts of opportunities for us in the future.”

Ricky Milliken, regional head of Scotland, Waterstons, commented: “Waterstons has a number of customers in the social housing sector within the UK, but ELHA is our first customer within Scotland.

“I am delighted such a progressive and ambitious housing association has chosen to partner with us and I’m excited about the journey we will embark on together.”

Want to find out more? Read the original article here.



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