Business innovators choose Sensor City as home
In line with our mission to create a global hub for sensor technologies, our latest tenants include regional and internationally based businesses.
Amongst the innovators coming on board is entrepreneur Terry Nelson, a former Liverpool FC player and paratrooper who, having endured a series of serious health issues, pioneered the Aqua Running body suit designed to provide a highly effective, no impact, resistance workout in the water.
The suit – the only fitness aid of its type in the world, is endorsed by Santas Real Madrid Medical Services and uses a patented hydro buoyancy system to maximise no impact training in the water. Designed to ensure that people of any age or ability can exercise through injury, or physical challenge, the suit can be used in rehabilitation, as well as athletic training. A number of UK Premier League teams use the suits, along with Real Madrid football club.
Terry now intends on using our state-of-the-art facilities, which include a technology development zone and open innovations lab, to evolve the Aqua Running product further by building sensors into the suit that will provide medical staff with valuable training and performance data.
Through the development and application of pioneering sensor technology that can accurately record data in the water, Aqua Running hopes to produce a world leading new product. Sensor City has been supporting on the project for some time and will be helping Terry to source a researcher from one of its local university partners, when work starts on the sensor development at the beginning of 2018. The new suit is due to be launched in late 2018, after testing at the Real Madrid training ground.
Also taking up occupancy is Uplec Industries Ltd, a North Wales based business focusing on the design and development of a range of specialist electronics products. Headed by Managing Director, Simon Parry, Uplec Industries Ltd will use the facilities at Sensor City to work on its flagship research and development projects, trialling remote physiotherapy technologies to the UK’s healthcare markets.
The project, supported by Liverpool John Moores University and Innovate UK, involves the development of sensor technology that will enable physiotherapy patients to be treated remotely, through the provision of trackable and monitored exercise regimes done in the home. The innovations are designed to provide patients with more access to high quality physiotherapy and specialist services, whilst eliminating travelling time.
This cutting edge technology will be launched in 2018, following successful medical evaluation.
Uplec Industries Ltd is spinning out its project into Sensor City to take advantage of the first-class engineering facilities on offer and to access technical support and talent. The company has already taken on an intern from Sensor City partner, Liverpool John Moores University. We are also helping Uplec Industries Ltd to collaborate with technologically progressive hospitals.
Exploiting the collaborative network held between the partners of Sensor City will also be high on the agenda of third new tenant, Zaiku Group Ltd, a technology company specialising in cloud and distributed systems. Nanosai- a start-up venture launched by Zaiku Group and Denmark-based Jenkov Aps will be based at Sensor City, where it will develop back-end technologies aimed at enabling a better and more intelligent 21st century internet experience.
Alison Mitchell, Executive Director for Sensor City said, “The innovations our new tenants are developing are enormously exciting and each has the potential to be a game-changer in their individual market sectors. That Sensor City has been able to attract such pioneering businesses proves we are the place to be if you are a sensor technology innovator wanting to develop your product to commercialisation.
“Sensor City has been designed and built to establish and support commercially viable high-tech businesses by offering technical expertise, business support and an international platform for collaboration. It is fantastic to see businesses like Aqua Running, Uplec and Zaiku engaging with everything the centre has to offer and we look forward to seeing many more innovative companies and entrepreneurs doing so in future.”