In the last few years, two companies have been spun-out from Essex.
UltraSoC Technologies Ltd was spun-out from the universities of Essex and Kent in 2008 after being founded by Professor Klaus McDonald-Maier, Head of EIS Laboratory at the University of Essex’s School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, and Cambridge entrepreneur Dr Karl Heeks.
UltraSoC is a pioneering technology start-up with products that put intelligent self-analytic capabilities in the systems-on-chip (SoCs) at the heart of today’s consumer electronic, computing and communications products. Embedded analytics technology helps solve the most pressing problems faced by the high-tech industries today – including cybersecurity, functional safety, and the management of complexity.
Solutions also allow designers to develop SoCs – the driving force behind both performance improvement and cost reduction in the electronics business – more quickly and cost-effectively.
Metrarc is also a spin-out from the University of Essex and the University of Kent, co-founded by Professor Klaus McDonald-Maier at Essex, Professor Gareth Howells at Kent, and Dr Karl Heeks.
Metrarc uses novel and promising technology for deriving secure encryption keys from the properties of digital systems, addressing a major area in the security domain, which is currently recognised as inhibiting the economic expansion of online services. It has developed novel solutions for increasing security which is relevant to many sectors including e-commerce, m-commerce, on-line and banking and Internet of Things (IoT).
Our research has been funded by bodies such as UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the European Union.
Most of our projects are collaborative and include key academic, industrial and NGO stakeholders and partners. For example our work with the National Centre for Nuclear Robotics is in partnership with 7 UK Universities including the University of Birmingham and is in collaboration with NASA, BAE Systems, National Nuclear Laboratory, EDF Energy, Kuka Robotics, Rolls-Royce, Sellafield and Toshiba.
Essex hosts the Human Rights and Big Data and Technology Project, which works with a number of partners including several UN Agency, the Geneva Academy for International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights and the World Health Organisation. We partner with the University of Kent the University of La Rochelle and the University of Geneva for the SPIRIT Project.