I read with great interest last week a piece of news posted to the IIA site about an Inishowen company that had been awarded a worldwide patent for a novel SMS application called TEXTATAXI. It’s a service that allows you to book a taxi using a single number throughout Ireland. They have also set up similar systems in the UK and the States. Find out more about how it works on their site www.textataxi.com. The company who developed this simple yet effective system are called Text One Group and they are the newest member of the IIA. So a big welcome to them – I’ll be thinking about them on Saturday night!
Welcome to WorkTrace, a provider of web solutions for logistics company who are based in Lifford Co. Donegal. With WorkTrace’s systems logistics operators can capture data on logistics events such as proof of delivery, print bar-codes and documentation, all via the Internet. Both the operator and the client can trace mail progress. WorkTrace is a powerful technology to bridge legacy logistics systems or third party partners with ease. No more wondering where that parcel ended up then.
John Kennedy writes in SiliconRepublic about last week’s Congress, “Bartley O’Connor, associate director of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Ireland, said there is a digital divide emerging between businesses that have broadband and those that don’t.” He quotes Bartley as saying ““This is affecting business start-ups, not just end users. There could be hundreds more businesses in the country if not for the lack of broadband. People are losing out.”
We’re acutely aware of this in the IIA. A search of our online member database using the keyword Donegal, for example, shows exactly how few companies in Donegal are members. (Yeeessss ROADTRIP!!) Joking aside the IIA is seeking to address this and other issues by bringing together industry experts, interested parties and stakeholders in Working Groups. In relation to this issue the Infrastructure Working Group are already busy and we expect to see a position paper from them in the near future.
Regardless of the broadband situation, the IIA is a countrywide organisation and the 4th of June will see us not quite in Donegal but in Derry running a course entitled “Making your Web Strategy pay”. This event is sold out but you can catch it again in Belfast on the 5th June.
John Kennedy also writes about how his meeting with Bebo’s Head of Sales Mark Charkin and their new Head of Sales in Ireland Philip Macartney at the IIA Congress. John describes how this pair told him about how they are “forging alliances with major media firms including the BBC, MTV and CBS to drive its monetisation strategy.”