The Telecommunication Software & Systems Group (TSSG) at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has announced the spin-off of FeedHenry, an award-winning software firm.
Using a ‘cloud-computing’ model, FeedHenry is an ‘on-demand’ enterprise mobility solution that can be accessed over the internet. The software enables applications (apps) to be developed once and then used across all mobile platforms (iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Nokia and so on).
“FeedHenry provides an efficient and cost-effective way to create new products. Using this technology, companies no longer have to develop multiple versions of apps for each device. They create one version and with a few clicks can use it across a range of platforms. It also works with complex apps that include location-based services, payment, and billing,” said Dr. Willie Donnelly, director of the TSSG and head of research and innovation at Waterford Institute of Technology.
Enterprise Ireland research commercialization funding
The technology behind FeedHenry was researched and developed using funding from Enterprise Ireland’s research commercialization programmes and incubated within the TSSG’s commercial arm, 3CS (The Centre for Converged Services).
In 2009, the technology was trialed with some leading commercial clients in Ireland. The success of these trials led to the spin-out of ‘FeedHenry Ltd.’ and the recruitment of CEO Cathal McGloin to lead the growth of the business.
“In a time of economic downturn, it is no surprise that enterprises are attracted to FeedHenry’s technology, as our model frees them from the financial hurdles involved in buying and maintaining hardware,” he said.
FeedHenry has won some awards, including a recent global CTIA Wireless Emerging Technology (E-Tech) Award 2010, amongst 300 entrants worldwide for its mobile marketing/advertising solution. In March, it was also awarded the ‘Product of the Year’ prize by TMCnet’s Internet Telephony magazine.
Photo: Dr. Willie Donnelly, director of the TSSG and head of research and innovation at Waterford Institute of Technology