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Zizo selected for the Made Smarter Technology Accelerator 2021

Member News published by Zizo Software, under Big Data, Discovering Start Ups, Innovation / Incubation, Internet of Things (IoT)

CW member Zizo, provider of data analytics for business, logistics and retail, has been selected as one of 14 cutting-edge technology start-ups for the Made Smarter Technology Accelerator challenge.

The Made Smarter Technology Accelerator, run by Digital Catapult, the UK’s leading advanced digital technology innovation centre, has been developed to pair manufacturers with technology companies so they can take advantage of advanced technology to radically alter, and improve, the way manufacturing is approached.

Each of the 14 startups will be developing innovative technology solutions to address some of the UK’s most prevalent manufacturing challenges, in collaboration with their Industry Challenge Owners. Zizo has partnered with Safran Landing Systems, which is a partner to 30 leading commercial, military, business and regional airframers. It supports more than 31,200 aircraft making over 73,000 landings every day.

The operation and maintenance of test rigs, equipment used for testing purposes, is an essential component of Safran Landing Systems’ assembly shop. The rigs are dedicated to one product each, covering the testing of complete landing gears (nose and main) and some detailed parts. Safran is looking to explore advanced technology solutions that can provide better visibility both in terms of the test rig performance and those influencing the test results. Integrating these solutions in an intelligent way will control parameters, monitor routines and implement preventative measures.

To overcome this challenge, Zizo will be building a portable edge industrial internet of things (IIoT) analysis platform, using data analysis software to provide big data capability. This solution will create a repository and platform to manage data from across teams and across functions. This end-to-end connected edge device also combines device management and analytics in one single platform, without the need for implementing a factory-wide network. As the IoT platform can be connected to any protocol, mobile engineers could be equipped with a mobile test platform that is not reliant on any internet connection or cloud-based database.

Through each individual challenge, the programme aims to improve productivity in the manufacturing sector and help boost the post-Covid economy – supporting the wider Manufacturing Made Smarter Challenge, with its ambition to raise productivity by 30% by 2030.

Peter Ruffley, CEO, Zizo Software said: “Zizo is incredibly excited to be chosen for the Made Smarter Technology Accelerator programme and we can't wait to demonstrate the power of edge analytics and what is possible to do with data. We are looking forward to working with Safran Landing Systems and learning more about their challenge and their business, and how we can use data to accelerate their move towards manufacturing 4.0.”

Dr Jeremy Silver, CEO of Digital Catapult said: "The UK’s startup community leads Europe in developing applications for advanced digital technologies – but to reap the rewards of this innovation, those developments must be adopted by industrial partners and customers in the UK and around the world.

 “With our focus turning to economic recovery, the Made Smarter Technology programme emphasises the role of advanced digital technologies in tackling industry challenges head-on.    

“Congratulations to the successful startups and scaleups who will be working with our industry partners to develop ideas from AI solutions to improve food products’ shelf life, to tech to improve ship design – helping propel UK manufacturing."

Juergen Maier, Chair of Digital Catapult and Co-Chair of Made Smarter added: “Whilst the Covid-19 pandemic has brought about extremely challenging conditions for the manufacturing sector, it also represents a chance for industry to take a step back to explore how we can innovate and apply advanced digital technologies to do things better.

“This programme has brought to the fore the world class expertise in the UK technology sector and by pairing bright startups and scaleups with large manufacturers, we hope to leverage those capabilities across a variety of disruptive emerging technologies to meet industry needs – from cutting costs, to boosting productivity.”

The successful startups and scaleups will be presenting their industry-changing prototypes at a presentation event on the 23rd of June 2021.

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About Zizo

With state-of-the-art patented technology and value driven service, Zizo® helps organisations, of all sizes, identify and access their most valuable data; enabling them to rapidly become data driven.

An end to end platform, comprising of an edge database, graphical data engineering capability and data visualisation, each solution was conceived to meet the challenges of data analytics at both the edge and at the cloud, meaning Zizo® is truly unique. Our proposition has been developed alongside partnerships with global technology partners such as Intel to further enhance its capabilities, no matter where they are needed.

Utilising a ‘single version of data’ businesses can run applications, deliver data management, perform data engineering across varying areas of the business. Examples range from operational management information, financial reporting, volume forecasting, customer data analysis and even the Internet of Things (IoT). This is all possible with little or no training, allowing for the simplification of what is traditionally an incredibly complex process.

In 2019, Zizo joined Vapor IO’s Kinetic Edge Alliance (KEA) to bring data analytics and expertise to edge deployments. Vapor IO’s Kinetic Edge is the world’s fastest-growing colocation and interconnection platform at the edge of the wireless cellular network, and Zizo is one of the first companies in Europe to join the Kinetic Edge Alliance as a technical partner.

Award winning, Zizo was presented with the Business Innovation of the Year Award at the 2016 UK IT Industry Awards and the Big Data, IoT or Analytics Solution Award at the 2017 European IT & Software Excellence Awards. In 2017 & 2018, it also received a National Technology Award for Analytics Product of the Year and Cloud Product of the Year.

Challenge Industry Partners

The seven partners for the Made Smarter Technology Accelerator programme are Babcock International Group, BAE Systems, GAF, Northumbrian Water Group (NWG), O’Neills Irish International Sports Company Limited, Safran Landing Systems and Sainsbury’s.

About Digital Catapult:

Digital Catapult is the UK’s leading advanced digital technology innovation centre, driving early adoption of technologies to make UK businesses more competitive and productive and grow the country’s economy.

We connect large established companies, startup and scaleup businesses and researchers to discover new ways to solve big challenges in the manufacturing and creative industries. Through this collaboration businesses are supported to develop the right technologies to solve problems, increase productivity and open up new markets faster.

Digital Catapult provides physical and digital facilities for experimentation and testing that would otherwise not be accessible for smaller companies.

As well as breaking down barriers to technology adoption for startups and scaleups, our work de-risks innovation for large enterprises and uncovers new commercial applications in immersive, future networks, distributed ledger and artificial intelligence technologies.

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About the Made Smarter Technology Accelerator:

Delivered by Digital Catapult, funded by UKRI through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, as part of the national Made Smarter movement, the Made Smarter Technology Accelerator is a national programme, set to fast forward and shape the UK’s technology adoption directly into industry.

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