August 16, 2018 @ 16:34 by Chloe Holmes
An Internet of Things company has been helped to develop innovative products and explore new markets, thanks to support from Teesside University.
Transmission Dynamics, based in Cramlington, Northumberland, says the help from University staff has enabled it to access Innovate UK funds and look at new ways of working with less risk.
The company manufactures wireless telemetry and data acquisition systems for use in a variety of sectors across the world including renewable energy, mining, marine, defence, automotive and rail.
Using Internet of Things technology its sensors can relay important information from what are often inhospitable environments and use machine learning and artificial intelligence to interpret the data.
In 2017 the company was awarded the title of the the most innovative business in the North East of England and doubled turnover. Since then, the company has enjoyed a close working relationship with Teesside University’s business team, enabling it to access a total of four grants totalling £1.2m from the UK innovation agency Innovate UK, as well as undertaking an intellectual property (IP) audit which has led to a general rethinking of IP protection policy. The company has now filed four patent applications.
Significant support in future business development has been provided by Teesside University’s Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) project. Funded by the European Commission and Innovate UK, EEN helps ambitious businesses innovate and grow internationally.
In addition, thanks to help from the University, the company is establishing an international partnership with a large French company as well as exploring partnerships in Poland.
Omar Al-Janabi, Business Innovation Manager at Teesside University, is also providing expert consultancy to the company as it implements the new systems and products.
Professor Jarek Rosinski, Chief Executive of Transmission Dynamics, said: “Before we started working with Teesside University we had never really considered applying for grants.
“The grants from Innovate UK have allowed us to be a lot braver in the way in which we approach trying out new technical concepts in our business.
“It’s been a real pleasure working with the University. A lot of it comes down to individuals, the people there have great deal of experience pitching and writing grant applications. It’s been a real eye-opener.”
Laura Woods, Director of Academic Enterprise at Teesside University, said: “Transmission Dynamics are creating some extremely advanced digital solutions to complex technical challenges.
“We’re very pleased that our support has been so pivotal in helping them build new partnerships and find new routes to innovation.”
For more information about Teesside University’s services to business visit www.tees.ac.uk/business