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VRAI Simulation win High Growth Award

Virtual reality (VR) simulation training company VRAI have won the Muckle ScaleUP High Growth Award from the Startup Awards North East. VRAI are based in Gateshead’s Proto centre and combine virtual reality & artificial intelligence to provide data driven simulation solutions to the aerospace, defence and offshore wind industries.
The award recognises VRAI’s successful establishment in the region working with high profile customers such as MoD’s Defence & Security Accelerator, RAF X in Leeming & partnering with Durham University on an Offshore Wind Growth Partnership.
The High Growth Award was presented to VRAI by Alex Craig, CEO, Muckle and highlights VRAI’s success to date. VRAI intend to continue their growth and are currently raising £2m in investment to fund that. This investment will go to creating up to 20 new high value jobs in the North East in the next 18 months focussed on data engineering, data science and software development roles.
VRAI also hope to inspire other startups to follow their example in adopting a triple bottom line, that is they measure their success not only on financial metrics, but also on people and planet metrics. VRAI have adopted a B Corporation company constitution and show leadership in diversity, inclusion and sustainability in business.
Startup Awards North East shines a spotlight, celebrates, and connects ambitious, early stage founders to life changing opportunities and experiences. A collaboration between all 5 regional universities, enterprise agencies and the region’s business ecosystem, the awards champion inclusive entrepreneurship and ambitious early stage founders so that sustainable startups and jobs are created for North East communities.
Pat O’Connor, co-founder and managing director of VRAI commented on the Award saying:
“We are proud to have received the ScaleUP High Growth Award from the Startup Awards North East. We are committed to the continued development of our technology and talent in the region. We believe that the North East has a great opportunity to be a leader for data innovation in the UK, leveraging the great local universities, innovative SMEs and the National Innovation Centre for Data (NICD).
Charlotte Windebank, MD & Founder of FIRST said,
“Since 2014 the North East has had the opportunity to access 437 million of EU funding to support local SMEs and individuals to develop skills and grow either personally or through their business efforts. Many applicants from Startup Awards North East have gone on to access this funding through our incredible partners such as NEL Fund Managers and PNE.
On the flipside to this, because the awards were digital this year, we can now share the incredible talent within the region on a global stage. We have never done this before and are excited to see what inward investment this attracts both nationally and internationally to our region.”
FIRST is an accredited learning and development agency specialising in leadership experiences and progression skills for young people, early stage founders and professionals. Working alongside education, local authorities, business and community organisations, we seek to respond to the region's high unemployment and low business startup rates by connecting, celebrating and empowering individuals to explore ideas and opportunities within employment, entrepreneurship and professional development.
About VRAI:
At VRAI we create data driven VR simulation training for high hazard environments. We combine Virtual Reality & Artificial Intelligence to make simulation training more authentic, memorable and measurable.
We are focussed on helping customers in aerospace, defence and offshore wind, working with the UK RAF, Irish Defence Forces Air Corps and Army, and OEMs in the respective markets.
Our insight is that VR, as well as being a great way of presenting data to a user, is also an incredible way to capture, measure and predict performance by collecting and analysing the users performance in VR.
We believe in creating shared value for our customers, investors, employees and community by adopting the ‘Triple Bottom Line’ and the B Corporation constitution. This means our company has a legal obligation to focus not only on profit, but also on people and the planet.
Info on Startup Awards
Startup Awards North East shines a spotlight, celebrates, and connects ambitious, early stage founders to life changing opportunities and experiences. A collaboration between all 5 regional universities, enterprise agencies and the region’s business ecosystem, the awards champion inclusive entrepreneurship and ambitious early stage founders so that sustainable startups and jobs are created for North East communities.
The Awards support early stage founders at each stage of their startup journey:
  • SkillUP- for people who are curious about starting up a business and want to explore ideas and opportunities but have not registered with Companies House as a sole trader or business.
  • StartUP - for sole traders or registered businesses of less than three years, with a turnover of less than £50,000 and who are looking for resources to give their business a boost.
  • ScaleUP – for ambitious sole traders or registered businesses of less than three years, who want to grow their business and have a turnover of over £50,000.
FIRST - www.youarefirst.co.uk
Startup Awards North East www.startupawardsne.co.uk
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Bwtech joins the Google Cloud Partner Advantage Program

Google Cloud migration makes Assurance Platform NetChart ready for massive 5G networks
London (UK), Belo Horizonte (Brazil), 6/30/2021. Bwtech, a leading provider of end-to-end performance monitoring and optimization solutions for the mobile communication industry, announces it has joined the Google Cloud Partner Advantage Program. As a Google Cloud global build partner, Bwtech moves its network assurance and optimization platform NetChart to Google Cloud’s platform.
With the migration, NetChart will be moved to a future-proof refactored architecture, allowing extreme scalability to handle mobile network data at the volume of petabytes. The new architecture improves data reliability and integrity, while increasing fault tolerance. Other advantages are the reduced latency, allowing network monitoring in almost real time, and the increased performance for end users.
The migration to Google Cloud’s platform will be completed in Q3 2021. At the end of the process, NetChart will be compatible with other applications, including Google Cloud native products such as BigQuery, Dataproc, AI Platform, and Data Studio. Bwtech’s integrations will allow its customers to enjoy new business opportunities, performing machine learning at scale and advanced BI analytics for visualization, reporting, and monetization of the network data collected by the platform.
“Mobile network sizes are growing at the speed of light, especially once 5G technology is introduced. With the new architecture based on Google Cloud, NetChart platform will be able to handle a huge amount of performance, configuration, alarm, call trace, MDT, and CDR data and offer near-real time analytics at a higher performance. In addition, the adoption of CI/CD pipelines will bring significant agility to our deployments, allowing us to meet increasing demands at speed,” says Flavio Buratto, CEO of Bwtech.
Bwtech’s NetChart platform allows automation of service assurance by correlating different data sources for all network domains, using machine learning to identify root causes of network issues. With the refactoring and migration to Google Cloud’s platform, Bwtech’s platform becomes more scalable, secure, robust, and easier to integrate with other solutions – a platform ready to support MNOs in the task of monitoring and assuring massive 5G network deployments.
This new product upgrade is an additional step toward NetChart’s vision to simplify mobile network monitoring and optimization.
About Bwtech
Bwtech is an innovative provider of end-to-end performance optimization solutions for Mobile Operators, Managed Service Providers, Telecom Regulators, and MVNE/Os.
Bwtech’s main product, NetChart, is a web-based solution developed for end-to-end optimization and assurance of mobile networks covering the RAN, Backhaul, Core, IP, and VAS. NetChart’s modules include Configuration Management, Performance Monitoring, Fault Management and Geolocation for 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G, and IoT Technologies.
Several Telecommunication Providers trust Bwtech solutions for mission- critical activities, such as real- time Network Monitoring, Network Quality reporting, NOC and SOC operations, Capacity Planning, and E2E Network Optimization.
For more information, visit www.bwtech.com or contact us at hello@bwtech.com.

Lonsdale Rail Awarded £8m Paddington Square fit-out

Mace has awarded Lonsdale Rail, part of the Michael Lonsdale Group, the MEPFC LUL fit-out for the Paddington Square development.
Works will integrate London Underground's existing Bakerloo Line tube station at Paddington, with a new entrance underneath the Paddington Cube building. The new tube entrance is part of a £65m investment in transport and public realm on the Paddington Square development.
John Kennedy, Project Director at Mace, is "delighted to have Lonsdale Rail on board with Mace at Paddington Square for the complex area of the LUL demise MEP. Michael J Lonsdale's experience with LUL will be a significant contribution to the success of the project."
The 360,000 sq ft Paddington Cube building will sit on a three-storey podium 12m above the newly created 1.35-acre public realm, connecting it directly to the London Underground network.
Lonsdale Rail will complete the design from RIBA stage 5 and fulfil the manufacture, delivery, offload, distribution, installation, testing and commissioning for the mechanical, electrical, fire, public health and communications fit-out packages. London Underground, Mace and all stakeholders will benefit from a bespoke collaboration blueprint developed by Lonsdale Rail to ignite a more efficient way of working together. Lonsdale Rail will also provide dedicated in-house design, logistics and commissioning teams taking a proactive role in managing the entire M&E process.
Works will commence in November 2020, with site works proceeding in April 2021, looking for project completion in May 2022.
Michael Lonsdale Group
The Michael Lonsdale Group is the UK’s leading multi-discipline building, engineering and M&E services provider – it is our job to bring buildings to life by creating the right environment.
Lonsdale Rail
As part of our continued growth, we have recently launched Lonsdale Rail. Focused on the rail sector, we continue to target projects with an emphasis on quality and engineering led solutions. We have a core team of Project Managers, Engineers and Supervisors who are experienced in delivering projects to the highest standards set out in this sector. The team are supported by our integrated direct labour workforce. We are fully RISQS audited/verified and Sentinel/PTS accredited enabling us to take on trackside (on/near the line) as well as ‘high street’ (station) works.

The Office Providers Discovers the Most Socially-Distanced Office... On Mars

Office space search agency, The Office Providers, believes that they may have found the ultimate socially-distanced office location…on Mars.
The Office Providers set off on the Perseverance Rover in July 2020 and landed 6 months later, a few weeks ago.
The company believes that as an office location, although “secondary and non-prime”, it is, by far, the most socially-distanced.
Managing Director of The Office Providers, Mike Gardener, admitted, “Ok, so we didn’t actually go to Mars – but we did go virtually, though, by having our name etched onto the rocket as part of NASA’s ‘Send Your Name’ project”.
He also conceded that the 6-month commute, lack of resources, high levels of radiation and minimal oxygen supply would likely be seen as drawbacks for many.
He stated, “for the time being, we are planning to stick to sourcing Covid-compliant flexible offices and workspaces in all locations on Earth, instead, as we’re good at that”.
The Office Providers is a free-to-use flexible office and workspace search agency that works with office providers in all locations (on Earth) helping businesses find the perfect flexible workplace solution.

Appeal Court reaffirms P1 is 100% Norxe technology

Verdict from Appeal Court reaffirms P1 is 100% Norxe technology, in collaboration with strategic partners.
Fredrikstad District Court has wholly acquitted Norxe and its employees from all essential allegations in a judgement dated June 17th, 2019, following a lawsuit by Barco NV and Barco Fredrikstad AS against Norxe AS and 10 of its employees, The Court stated, amongst others, that:
“It has been clarified and acknowledged by the plaintiffs that P1 does not build on Barco technology. P1 is developed within a normal time period from scratch but with assistance from major suppliers like Philips and Texas Instruments.”
“P1 seems to have been successful and chosen by several customers. The court regards this as a normal and good competition in the market and for the best of customers. Norxe offers a product that customers see as better than Barco’s and that comes with a long warranty.”
In a recent verdict from Borgarting Appeal Court dated February 11th, 2021 -), the Appeal Court reaffirms that Norxe P1 is 100% Norxe technology in collaboration with strategic partners. The Appeal Court categorically acquitted Norxe and its employees of all claims made by Barco and found that it was in actually Barco who had acted in violation of good business practice towards Norxe, defaming their good name and reputation by making various serious and untrue allegations concerning the illegal use of intellectual property etc. in the market.
The Appeal Court stated, inter alia, that: "It is the Appeal Court's impression that Barco actively sought out potential customers of Norxe and gave information that was negative and untrue. […]. The information Barco gave is not compatible with the standards of good business practice".
Thus, the Appeal Court found that Barco is liable for any economic loss their behavior has inflicted upon Norxe. Though Barco's legal liability has been established, the level of financial loss will be subject to negotiations or new legal proceedings.
Norxe CEO Kjell Einar Olsen commented that the more than three years long litigation process initiated by Barco, has finally come to a conclusion by the Borgarting Appeal Court. “We will now focus 100% on developing, manufacturing and selling our unique projectors to select and demanding partners world-wide. We owe our partners a great appreciation for standing alongside and supporting us through these difficult times and the increased strength in relationships that this support has forged. Our team has been brilliantly resilient through this whole ordeal and we can now focus all of our energy back into positive growth, customer delivery and support.”
Vice President Global Sales, Espen Olsen, commented that “Despite the very challenging campaign Barco instigated against us in the market, we have been able to successfully grow our sales since the P1 was introduced in November 2016, and more recently the P2 RGB LASER projector. There is no doubt that we make a major difference with our partners regarding our products, people and behavior. While we are clearly ahead of competition with the P1 and P2, we now look forward to introducing a new range of even higher performance native 4K projectors that will again raise the bar and strengthen our product portfolio.”
About Norxe
Norxe is designing, manufacturing and selling specialized projectors for demanding applications. Our products are 100% designed and manufactured in Fredrikstad, Norway, by skilled craftsmen that are pioneers in the projection industry. Our QTPC quality philosophy is never compromised. We have an international sales organization to ensure local support and service to our customers across the globe. Norxe is 100% owned by the employees, ensuring the very best dedication to product development, manufacturing and customer support and service. Our pride is in our people and in our products.