10th May 2002

 

A GLOBAL SOLUTION FOR A LOCAL BUSINESS

 

A Hull computing student has developed a new global positioning package for a technology firm in Beverley.

 

When Ormston Technology Ltd needed to develop a low-cost solution for recording and manipulating data from an existing global positioning system (GPS) they turned to the Department of Computing at the University of Lincoln on Cottingham Road.

 

Swedish student Joakim Månsson, who is studying for the final year of his Computing degree, took the project on as part of his course work. - and he’s come up with an effective, value-for-money system which Ormston Technology Ltd hopes to launch on the market soon.

 

“Global positioning generates a location for an asset – be it a manhole cover, a lamp-post, trees, a natural feature or natural resource,” said Ian Mitchell, Director of R&D at Ormston Technology Ltd. “Such information is invaluable to many local, national and international organisations.

 

“With the backpack unit that’s currently on the market we were able to capture the data but we had no cost-effective way of recording it or manipulating it in a database.

 

“We wanted Joakim to come up with a low-cost unit and a terminal to go with it, because the cost of the packages that are on the market at present is quite prohibitive.”

 

Computing lecturer Chris Coulson, who has had links with Ormston Technology for six years,  explained that projects and work with outside companies are part and parcel of a student’s coursework at the University of Lincoln. Chris, who has worked in Africa and Asia, sees many uses for the GPS in resource mapping in these areas.

 

“Computing students have to do a group project and an individual project as part of their course,” he said. “The individual project need not always involve an outside company but if we can find a firm to work with it’s obviously of great benefit to everyone. This project proved to be a near perfect match.”

 

Once it has been established that Joakim’s system is robust it will be marketed as a low-cost tool for local authorities, national parks, utility companies and international agencies.

 

“I’m very pleased with what Joakim has done,” said Ian Mitchell. “We’ve always had a proactive attitude to taking on students– it’s a question of matching their talents to particular projects which we have in mind.”

 

Joakim says he is looking forward to a career with a firm specialising in global positioning technology when he returns to his native Sweden in the summer.

 

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University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)                            email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk