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Thursday, 28 February 2013 12:31

Horsemeat Scandal Could Have Been Avoided

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The current horsemeat scandal could have been avoided if a system developed by the University of Wolverhampton to trace food was in use, according to experts.

The University, alongside eight partners across Europe, have recently completed the Farm to Fork research project.

This was a pilot 3.6m euro project which developed and utilised a range of technologies, including Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) to identify and trace food information across Europe from producer to consumer.

The system works by identifying individual items of food and tracking precisely what happens to them during the production process.

RFID and other technologies (such as bar codes) identify the item and allow its location and the process it is undertaken to be determined.  Sensor networks allow environmental factors such as temperature and humidity to be tracked. The records are stored in a secure database from which the history of individual items can be generated. They are packaged and labelled with a QR or other code which identifies the individual item.

The NTAILS project is providing opportunities for recently qualified graduates, the prospect of assisting West Midlands businesses in the development of suitable automatic identification/sensor based solutions. Our successful client based in Telford is now looking for a Graduate Software Developer. The contract will be paid and will be for a period of 3 months. More information can be found below and if you would like to apply, please follow the link below.  Alternatively, contact us on 01952 288210 for an informal discussion. 

NTAILS Graduate Placements are now fully occupied - Updated April 2014



ispyIT Futures consultant Rob Clarke has spent the last 18 months working on an educational project called ‘iSPY’ which aims to develop a new online networking platform to help young adults across Europe learn a new language. 

The project has recently won a European Language Label 2012. The award is for innovative language-learning projects and rewards creative ways to improve the quality of language teaching, motivate learners and make the best of available resources.

To be successful, projects must demonstrate creative thinking and lead to improved teaching provision and learner achievement. They must be innovative, effective and replicable by others in the UK and other countries.  An award ceremony was held on 24 September 2012 in Bucharest and was attended by other award winners from across Europe.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013 12:46

NTAILS collaborates with GS1UK

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Dr Sarah Slater, Director of the NTAILS project  is pleased to announce that a collaborative relationship has been established between the NTAILS centre and GS1 the leading international barcode standards company.

GS1 is dedicated to the design and implementation of global standards and solutions to improve the efficiency and visibility of supply and demand chains globally and across sectors. The GS1 system of standards is the most widely used supply chain standards system in the world. GS1 is an international, not-for-profit organisation with member organisations in over 100 countries and IT Futures is delighted to be able to work closely with GS1 UK.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013 12:45

SEO and Social Media with Susan Hallam

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Susan_HallamIT Futures and the Innovation 1st Project were delighted to host renowned Internet Business Expert, Susan Hallam, at an event on 15 December 2011 at the University of Wolverhampton’s Telford Campus.

Susan has worked in the UK information industry since 1985, and is a recognised leader in the field of Internet marketing. Her views on Internet business issues have been published in the Sunday Times, she is a popular speaker at internet conferences, and she regularly writes for the internet press. Prior to setting up Hallam Communications in 1999, Susan held senior internet marketing roles at British Telecom and Capital One. Susan’s initial interest in the internet and electronic commerce arose from her teaching and research role as a Senior Lecturer in Information Technology at The Nottingham Trent University, where she continues to guest lecture. 

Wednesday, 13 February 2013 12:44

University hosts Internet Business Expert

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IT Futures and the Innovation 1st Project is delighted to announce that renowned Internet Business Expert Susan Hallam will be presenting at an event on 15 December 2011. Susan will be presenting two sessions to West Midlands SME’s about the new changes within online marketing. The first session will look at the search engine Google and how recent changes within it can impact on your business. Susan will highlight how the recent changes can cause your business to lose rankings and will also include information about Google +, Google Places and much more. Her second session will showcase practical ways in which your business can benefit from using social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Blogging and Youtube.