News and Events from InfoLab21

August 2006

Welcome to the August issue of InfoTextX – the e-newsletter from the Knowledge Business Centre at InfoLab21, aimed at keeping you informed about developments inside InfoLab21 and other news which we hope will be of interest to you.

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Graduate Academy Grows

In order to strengthen our delivery capability in ICT solutions,
Elizabeth Philips joined the KBC this month. Elizabeth is from the
Department of Computing and has just finished her PhD. Elizabeth
specialises in web site development and is the latest addition to the
InfoLab21 Graduate Academy, which provides free ICT support for businesses.

For more information on the Graduate Academy see:

To download a leaflet on the kinds of ICT support available, see

InfoLab21 Events Programme

BT & HSBC At Next “InfoLab21: Technology Matters” Event

The next “InfoLab21: Technology Matters” event takes place on September 6th, 2006 at InfoLab21, 9.00 to 11.45.

Robin Mannings, BT's Research Foresight Manager and one of BT's most experienced and well-known experts in the field of Mobility and Disruptive Technologies will be speaking at InfoLab21 regarding his views on the future, in particular looking at those relevant to the IT and Communications businesses. His presentation will include the major issues and new trends facing business and society in the future and the part future ICT will play - in particular disruptive technologies.

Robin is one of BT's most experienced and well-known experts in future technologies especially in the areas of wireless, positioning, telematics, RFID, Sensor Networks and Ubiquitous Computing.

For more information on Robin and the event schedule see

Kinetic Cubed & Partners Win UK-India Innovation & Wealth Creation Project

InfoLab21 company Kinetic Cubed, one of the region’s fastest growing international trade and investment consultancy organisations and partners have beaten off stiff competition to win a project with the UK’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) looking at partnerships between the UK and India in the areas of R&D, Science and Innovation and technology. The project is co-sponsored by the UK and Indian Governments and the findings will be presented at the UK-India Round Table in April 2007.

For full story see:

For more information on Kinetic Cubed see:

80 Blackpool Companies Successfully Assisted

The 2 year Blackpool Business Development Initiative project, managed by the KBC’s Anthony Cook, is drawing to a close. The Blackpool Business Development Initiative was designed specifically to increase the competitiveness of new and established SMEs by providing them with heavily subsidised marketing support completed by LA Serve and Encore Design. The project was run in partnership with Blackpool Borough Council, Business Link and part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Each client company received a package of work tailored to their individual needs including products such as: marketing strategies, market research, branding and logo development, web site development and benchmarking.

The project made a significant different to businesses in the Blackpool area, which has already led to the creation of twenty new jobs so far and increased sales of £1.2m.

Thanks and congratulations to all involved.

BIGDOG Gets First Major Commission!

InfoLab21 company BIGDOG Interactive have won their first major commission and are now part of the “0161 Manchester: This is what We're Made of” exhibition at the prestigious Uribis Centre in central Manchester. BIGDOG have designed an interactive screen which asks people to text their opinions on how safe they think Manchester is.

For further information or to contact the BIGDOG team, go to

For more information on the exhibition see

InfoLab21 Goes UPBEAT

Lancaster University has joined the University of Salford, Leeds Metropolitan University, the university of Teeside and the University of Westminster in the University Partnership to Benchmark Enterprise Activities and Technologies, better known as the UPBEAT project. The aim of the project is to enable universities to be able to benchmark themselves against each other with respect to “outreach,” a term used to describe the way universities transfer knowledge and skills to support social, economic and cultural organisations and stakeholders.

For full story see

InfoLab21 & The BBC

InfoLab21 was visited by the BBC’s Chief Technology Officer and BBC Head of Research as part of continuous talks about a potential collaboration between the BBC and InfoLab21.

InfoLab21 Gets Intuitiv

Intuitiv create engaging and innovative web solutions - from web design, interactive animation and mobile solutions to highly complex eCommerce and B2B solutions. As an independent ‘Tier-one’ Internet Service Provider, they offer a comprehensive range of website hosting and Internet services.

Intuitiv are also an authorised RealNetworks Business Partner and work in partnership with RealNetworks to provide end-to-end streaming solutions for UK educational institutions.

Collaboration With Intel Research Cambridge

"Distributed Audio Location" is a collaborative project with Intel Research Cambridge run by Mike Hazas. The aim of the project is to use collaborative wireless sensor nodes distributed in an indoor environment to locate and perhaps identify everyday sounds (such as noises resulting from human movement or speech). Intel have funded a PhD student, Yukang Guo, to work on the project.

For full story see

Computing Department To 'Simplify' The Deployment And Use Of Mobile Services

Researchers led by Dr. Adrian Friday and Prof. Nigel Davies are beginning a new 30 month EU Framework 6 project which aims to streamline the authoring, deployment, discovery and use of Internet services on the move, with a particular focus on the mobile software architecture.

The project, worth 2.9M euro, is an industrial/ academic collaboration involving twelve partners including Telecom Italia, France Telecom, ICCS, LMU, Siemens, and Athens International Airport.

For more information see

Google Qualification For Lancashire’s One And Only Professional

Congratulations to Associate company LA Serve’s Amanda Parker, who has become a qualified “Google Advertising Professional (GAP)”. According to the GAP website ( LA Serve is the only company in Lancashire to boast such an achievement and there are only 72 individuals in this country that hold this title and only 549 worldwide.

For more information see

InfoLab21 - The Cutting Edge Of ICT

Find out about the latest ICT research projects here:

Windows Live Mail Desktop Beta Goes Public

The software earmarked to replace the Outlook Express mail client currently bundled with Windows XP

How The Internet Transformed Business

Fifteen years ago, the early pioneers who launched the world wide web were not aiming to make money, but within a few years, the streets around Palo Alto, California, the home of Stanford University, were buzzing with venture capitalists and entrepreneurs.