Posted:April 22nd, 2014|By:elisekrucler

We are celebrating being named as winners of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise – the UK’s highest accolade for business success. We received our award for Innovation. This was in recognition of developing the Fluidata Service Exchange Platform. The platform operates by connecting ISPs to networks nationally.

About the Service Exchange Platform

The platform has been used to create a network, reaching not only urban sites but also poorly served areas, for delivering high-speed internet connectivity and choice of broadband provider. Without public funding, we have managed to build an aggregated network of individual network operators deploying fibre, satellite and wireless technologies to many ISPs. We developed software to support the integration of various carrier networks and their disparate systems. The platform offers broadband services where there were none and competition between service providers where there was none. Costs are shared between providers, so broadband is affordable both for providers and end-users. The innovation has been commercially successful; being valuable to businesses and the wider UK community.

About Fluidata

Fluidata, the Data Delivery Network, was established in 2004 by MD, Piers Daniell. Within only 10 years, the London Bridge and Hemel Hampstead based company now employs 65 people, has been listed numerous times on the Deloitte Fast 50 and the Sunday Times Tech Track, won several ISPA awards and has an Investors in People Gold standard, as well as ISO accreditations for environment and quality. By winning the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation in relation to the Service Exchange Platform, we would like to simplify integration between buyers and sellers of data structures and create a marketplace for all networks, the Data Delivery Network.

“We are delighted with the recognition this award provides for the good work we have been doing in helping to support the UK deliver and supply the next generation of Internet services. As an advocate of smaller network operators who are doing incredible things, we have been able to help improve returns and generate business cases to support such ventures. By bringing multiple ISPs to one network customers receive more choice while ensuring a high take-up of services making the Data Delivery Network an important part of our UK network investment.” Piers Daniell, Managing Director.

The Queen’s Award

Approximately 160 Queen’s Awards have been announced this year for outstanding business achievement in the fields of International Trade, Innovation and Sustainable Development. Winners of The Queen’s Awards can expect an invitation to attend a special reception at Buckingham Palace. They can also use The Queen’s Award Emblem in advertising, marketing and on packaging for a period of five years as a symbol of their quality and success. The awards are made annually by HM The Queen, and are only given for the highest levels of excellence demonstrated in each category.

To find out more about the award visit www.queensawards.org.uk

Posted:April 11th, 2014|By:michaelfevyer

Time is almost upon us for the addressing system of the Internet to almost be completely used up. I believe I have been saying this for the last 5 years, but it looks like in the next 12-24 months people are going to be brought to a halt. Thankfully most ISP’s have got more than enough IP ranges to cover us for the foreseeable future, as well as ready to start with the new system in the guise of IPv6.

Will our clients and future clients be affected? In one word, no. I can firmly say that Fluidata has been doing it’s upmost to make sure that in many years’ time, in conjunction with The Internet of Things, when you need to apply an IP address to your light switch, fridge, cooker and curtain rail, as many IP addresses will be available as needed.

But please give a thought to North Korea, who have been struggling in many ways, must as well consider their Internet IP range. The whole country have a total of 1024 IPv4 addresses. That’s it. In total. To put this into perspective there are many large businesses in the UK that have more IP addresses than North Korea. Maybe we have missed something or maybe it was just good planning on North Korea’s part, knowing that the addressing system was going to change they had the foresight to not go overboard with the amount of IPv4 addresses they needed. I’m yet to find out how far advance their IPv6 plans are but I’m assuming they must be years ahead of the UK.

Posted:April 4th, 2014|By:robadcock

As Fluidata begins the start of a new financial year, we continue to recognise the importance and benefits of true business grade Internet connectivity for SME’s supported by the benefit of the SuperConnected Cities Connection Vouchers Scheme.

The importance in ensuring all our existing customers and live prospects are aware of the Connected Cities voucher scheme cannot be under estimated. Not only due to the significant business benefits of business grade connectivity, but also due to the Connection Voucher Scheme expiring by 2015. The scheme allows SME’s to apply for a voucher worth up to £3,000 towards the installation costs of a new connection, giving businesses the chance to benefit from next level connectivity which may have previously been cost prohibitive due to often excessive installation costs. Now sought after business grade connectivity’s such as Fibre Leased Lines, EFM, FTTC & FTTP are being made available to smaller budgets.

Fluidata’s unique position within the market as a multiple network aggregator will allow customers to come to an informed decision based specifically on their own requirements, geographical location, business specific applications, and of course the chosen carrier and cost. All customers benefit from 24/7 support and a dedicated account manager to make the procedure as smooth as possible.

I would also actively encourage all landlords, serviced office companies and multi-tenancy office developments to pool multiple vouchers together; this provides opportunity for all the individual businesses that occupy a single building to make the most of this short-term opportunity for improving your connection during this financial year.

All 22 cities are now open and taking applications, the cities are; Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham, Bradford, Brighton and Hove, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Coventry, Derby, Derry/Londonderry, Edinburgh, Leeds, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Newport, Oxford, Perth, Portsmouth, Salford and York.

One of the first cities to receive and report back on the scheme was Belfast. The Belfast Telegraph mentions; “Twenty businesses in Belfast have reported a rise in turnover – some by as much as a quarter of a million pounds – in just a month after the installation of a super-fast broadband connection….”

 

Posted:March 27th, 2014|By:alastairrickey

Technology and connectivity has rapidly become ingrained in our day-to-day lives. Looking around me on the crowded tube this morning, I would say 90% of my fellow commuters had headphones in listening to MP3s, or hunched over a smartphone flicking through Facebook or playing a game. Admittedly I did have to look up from my own smartphone to see them. There is a growing group that are taking the next step in integrating technology into everyday activities. Ideas previously bandied around in sci-fi films, novels and computer games of only a few years ago are now becoming reality.

A man in Denver has dubbed himself ‘the most connected man on earth’, who uses a huge variety of devices and applications to track and analyse his life. Fitness trackers tell him how many calories he has burned, wearable cameras photograph his entire day, and a posture checker alerts him when he isn’t sitting up straight. He claims that through capturing this data about his life on what he calls his ‘inner-net’ he feels he has become healthier and more productive simply through increasing his self-awareness.

At a more extreme end of this spectrum are ‘biohackers’, who implant themselves with various augmentations. These tech advanced people range from having magnets under fingertips in order feel electromagnetic fields, a compass embedded under the skin that vibrates lightly when you face north, to entire computers that log and transmits data about vital signs to an Android phone. There are a number of websites dedicated to step-by-step guides for these DIY surgeries, like a wikiHow for wannabe cyborgs. While these procedures sound (and probably are) pretty grizzly, followers of Deus Ex and Bioshock games would be familiar with the ideas behind them.

A philosophy based around this augmentation, ‘Transhumanism’, has appeared – the idea that humans can better their existence and improve their abilities through the use of technology. The end goal is to become a ‘Posthuman’ – a kind of robotic version of a Buddhist bodhisattva.

Despite this sounding like the actions and ideas of sci-fi obsessed geeks, this sort of augmentation is all around us today. Hearing conditions are being eradicated with implants on the brain, and robotic prosthetics are replacing lost or non-functioning limbs.

This goes to show that our attitude towards technology is fundamentally changing. Technology is no longer a just tool to help us connect, compute and communicate, but is now a way to overcome our physical human limitations.

Posted:March 14th, 2014|By:maxstoner

Families in rural areas believe that slow broadband is damaging their children’s educational performance.

A recent report by NFU Mutual claims that one in three families in rural areas believe their connectivity to be beneath the standard required to access important, online educational resources.

If such statistics are accurate then this is yet another example of how rural communities are falling further behind urban counterparts due to poor connectivity access.

In an attempt to narrow the so called ‘digital divide’ the government plan to deliver superfast access to 95% of households by 2017. However within the telecommunications industry doubts remain over the governments and BT’s ability to deliver these targets and to ensure that those most in need are provided for.

Traditionally rural communities have been left without fast access because the cost for the carrier to deliver outweighed what return they might make from businesses and residents in such sparsely populated areas.

If you’re in an area where broadband access is slow, please sign up to INCA’s notspot map www.inca.coop/notspot to help build a picture of the areas in the UK most at need of faster internet access.