Sports and adventure tourism firm Highland Events Ltd were looking to develop an events timing system, designed with cost efficiency and time accuracy in mind.
Tourist event organisers throughout the Highlands, Scotland and the rest of the UK would be able to take advantage of the electronic timing system, cutting out the need to outsource the hire of often prohibitively expensive equipment.
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Frustrated by the currently available timing technology, Highland Events Ltd had tried using chip and mat systems as an alternative, in order to time their endurance cycling events, but these also proved unreliable. Believing that there was no software 100% fit for purpose, Highland Events sought academic expertise to help research and develop its own timing system for company events, as well as investigating the potential of rolling the equipment and software out to other event organisers.
Following an introduction by Interface – the Knowledge Connection for Business to Glasgow Caledonian University’s Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing Group in the School of Engineering and Computing, Highland Events began a collaborative project supported by a £5,000 Business Innovation Grant (BIG) award from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). The academics undertaking the work were Pete Barrie and Brian Hainey and the project produced successful interim results.
A timing solution had been identified in the US and was achieving 100% accuracy in results. A cost comparison between this equipment and the cost of developing a bespoke system in collaboration with Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) was carried out.
Results have shown that any bespoke development would cost far in excess of buying the American software and tweaking it for use by Highland Events. If such a solution is found, Highland Events intend to create a new company with four part-time members of staff tailored to providing a full service to customers.
Please note that Interface administers the Innovation Voucher Scheme on behalf of the Scottish Funding Council. All funding applications are reviewed on a case by case basis by the Scottish Funding Council, guidelines can be found here.