Liopa secures category win at 25K Awards

Liopa has been named the winner of the Software and Digital Media category, sponsored by Intel, at the 25k Awards. The team was one of two spin out ventures competing in this category being incubated by the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) based at Queen’s University Belfast’s ECIT Institute.

The prestigious annual 25k awards, which are sponsored by Bank of Ireland, are made under the NISP CONNECT entrepreneurship programme, based at the Northern Ireland Science Park in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter. The awards are designed to showcase the most innovative research and intellectual property from the publicly funded institutions in Northern Ireland.

David Crozier pictured with category sponsor Michael Black of Intel after winning the Digital Media & Software Award at the NISP CONNECT 25k Awards 2013, sponsored by Bank of Ireland, on Thursday 26th September 2013.

David Crozier pictured with category sponsor Michael Black of Intel after winning the Digital Media & Software Award at the NISP CONNECT 25k Awards, sponsored by Bank of Ireland.

Liopa won the Software and Digital Media category for the development of our biometric technology that authenticates people using lip movement, replacing passwords. This technology will enable more robust authentication and verification solutions designed for preventing fraud and theft in mobile commerce.

To date, we have taken the technology out of the lab environment with end-to-end user enrolment and verification now running on mobile device’s over the mobile data network. This work has been funded and supported by the UK Technology Strategy Board (TSB) through their “Preventing fraud in mCommerce” Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) call.

Commenting on the success David Crozier Liopa co-founder said:

“We are delighted that our technology and potential has been recognised by the judging panel of the 25k Awards. The support we have received throughout this process has enabled us to bring Liopa to a point where we are actively engaging with potential new customers globally. I would also pay credit to my fellow team members – Dr Darryl Stewart, Dr Michael Loughlin and Dr Fabian Campbell West – without their research and engineering Liopa would never have become a reality”

Congratulating both teams Prof John McCanny, ECIT Director and CSIT Principal Investigator commented:

“As an Innovation and Knowledge Centre (IKC), CSIT’s remit is to accelerate the commercialisation of world class science and emerging technologies into new products, processes or services. Liopa is an exemplars of the cross-functional approach we take to driving innovation featuring team members from across our research, engineering and business development disciplines. Well done to Liopa for winning the category.”

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