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DSO News: July, 2014 Archive

Watch out as Evercam eyes the US

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

There was a time when closed circuit TV camera meant a grainy black and white video in a 24 hour petrol station, the type of thing you only saw on a programme like ‘Garda Patrol’, if you can remember back that far, or the numerous cop shows that seem to fill the graveyard shift on so many satellite stations.

Not any more. Today, you can log on to a traffic camera in Washington DC, or watch wildlife in South Africa if you are so inclined.

Clearly this has implications for civilian life but especially for business. After all, there will be very good reasons for staff to have access to a live feed from one part of the business, but how do yo make sure that only the right people have access to the feed?

This is where Evercam.io comes in. The brainchild of Marco Herbst and Vinnie Quinn, it evolved from their original company Camba.tv.

“A picture paints a thousand words,” says Mr Quinn. “A live image provides visual verification of an event – for business users this means traceability, accountability and easy dispute resolution. Access to the right live image at the right time can also be a great tool in decision-making.

CCTV systems were all designed to be closed circuit. They are not designed for easy integration with business processes. Increasingly though companies want to share images and footage with their staff, suppliers and customers.

“Now that we can all view images and live streams from our phones, the important part is managing the permission layer to make sure the right person sees the right image at the right time,” he claims.

The key to Evercam is its simplicity. To date, large scale camera integration projects have been expensive, complicated and prone to failure – they just have not been strong enough for what is required of them. Evercam is an API (Application Programming Interface) for any camera that can connect to the internet. An API basically tells specific programmes and software how to interact with each other. In practice this means that Evercam makes it much, much easier for firms to integrate their CCTV cameras into their systems.

Using Evercam, a software developer can write software once, and it can communicate with any existing or new CCTV cameras. The connectivity to the internet (often the point of failure with camera integration projects) is the responsibility of the local engineer, and once the camera is registered with Evercam, functions can be added to make the camera more useful to the owner.

Take a factory production line, for example. In many cases, when the production line fails, it is for a specific reason, but few managers or executives will have the ability to see exactly what was happening when the system failed.

Using Evercam though, the person in charge can say “Show me the production line when it stopped”, or if there was an issue with a specific product, see 
tape of every copy of that product 
before it left the factory.

The potential benefits for businesses is clear then. According to MR Quinn, the solution is “particularly suitable for franchise owners who often have different CCTV systems across their outlets, and can now receive scheduled emails with images of key areas, a simple management tool based on existing hardware”.

The company, which has seven staff in Ireland and a development team based in Belgrade, has been busily working on firming up its product for some time. Now though, expansion is on the cards.

Mr Quinn and Mr Herbst have their eyes on expansion to the US, having launched Evercam at the Techcrunch Disrupt event New York in last May. They then spent most of June in Silicon valley and San Francisco. Interest has so far been strong.

The business is backed by Enterprise Ireland and has also completed a private round of seed capital.

The concept has been proved, now it is up to the firm to make Evercam work long term.

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Irish start-up Inform Bioscience signs licence agreement with Mayo Clinic

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Irish biotech start-up Inform Bioscience has signed a licence agreement with the Mayo Clinic in the US to acquire biomarkers for developing a prognostic test to detect pre-eclampsia in pregnancy.

Prognostic tests provide advance warnings of an illness or condition. There are currently no such tests to detect pre-eclampsia, a potentially fatal condition for a pregnant woman and her unborn baby.

In the most severe cases, pre-eclampsia can progress to eclampsia, which often results in seizure, stroke, coma and death. The condition is diagnosed by symptoms that are non-specific to pre-eclampsia and often exhibit only when the condition is already full blown.

Now, the Inform Bioscience team based in Cork plans to develop a simple urine test, employing biomarker technology developed by Mayo Clinic nephrologist Dr Vesna Garovic. The test has the potential to revolutionise prenatal care programmes globally.

Speaking of the licence agreement, Charles Garvey, CEO of Inform Bioscience said, “Inform Bioscience is bridging the gap between the discovery of quality technology and its commercialisation.

“Today is a key milestone in the development of Inform Bioscience and demonstrates our capacity to work with and integrate the work of world-class research institutions, such as Mayo Clinic and the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute (BDI) at Dublin City University, to bring innovative new technologies to market.”

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Chance to Represent Ireland in the ‘Start-Up World Cup’

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Ireland’s best tech start-ups now have a chance to compete for a spot in the ‘Start-Up World Cup’ with thanks to Start-Up Ireland.

The competition will take place in Seoul, South Korea, on November 24th, and the winner could scoop USD $100,000 in funding.

The competition is one of the largest of its kind, it is run by Korea’s Dream Bank Foundation for Young Entrepreneurs in conjunction with the Startup Nations Summit.

According to Startup Ireland, the cost of the trip (including flight and accommodation) will go to one member of the winning start-up team the judges believe will best represent Ireland. He or she will join Startup Ireland’s co-founder Eoin Costello in travelling to South Korea in November.

“It is fantastic that our movement’s membership of the prestigious Startup Nations organisation is already enabling us to present the best of Ireland’s tech start-ups on the international stage,” said Costello.

“This complements Startup Ireland’s mission of sending the message out to the world that Ireland is the land of opportunity for start-ups that want to take on the world!”

Entrants the Irish round of the competition will be judged on running a successful tech business, including having an understanding of market needs, a strong business model, the ability to offer solutions to problems, and developing a competitive advantage over their biggest rivals.

As well as winning US$100,000 worth of prizes in Seoul, participants could also win US$50,000 worth of perks which would be spread across the five best start-ups, including private investor pitch opportunities and mentoring sessions.

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