By @SimonCocking

Describe the company – the elevator pitch …

8 West Consulting is an enterprise software development company, working primarily in .Net and Java technologies. 8 West has a 20-year history of innovation and on time project delivery for large global clients. The company also has new products and platforms in marine Search and Rescue, citizen safety and the Internet of Things.

How are you different?

We work in services and in products, which is unusual. We have an exceptionally strong team of architects, designers, developers and project managers, whose skills span a wide range of disciplines, processes and technologies. We have worked on very large projects with huge customer and transaction volumes.

Why will the company / product do well?

On the product side our IoT and marine initiatives are innovative but grounded by deep experience and knowledge. On our enterprise level development and consulting, we are creating elegant solutions to address complex business and technical needs with global blue chip customers on very large scale projects, across a variety of technologies. With over 200 experienced software professionals working for 8 West we are very confident we will continue to do well.

Platform demonstration of integrated emergency Alert, Search, and Respond (ASR) in Crosshaven, 06.2.17.

Today we’re announcing the future technology platform for emergency response, more importantly we’re going to demonstrate what’s already possible using it; and you’re invited.

The platform demonstration will combine three Irish companies’ independently leading technology systems to Alert, Search, and Respond (ASR) to an emergency together as a highly integrated Internet of Things (IoT) solution.

In a world first, a distress alert initiated from a smartphone at sea will autonomously launch a public access drone from the Cork coastline to search for and locate the casualty. Once overhead, the drone’s sensors will stream back situational awareness information to the emergency operations center coordinating the response.

Date: 12:45hrs, 6th February 2017

Location: Crosshaven Coast Guard Base, Cork.

12:45 – Welcome and briefing presentations.

14:00 – Demonstrations of Alert, Search, and Respond at sea and in operations centre including imagery feed and cargo drop.

15:00 – Q&A and Photos

Where are you based?

Our HQ location is in Cork but we work globally, with customers from Australia to North America.

When was the company launched?

West Consulting is the reboot of DeCare Systems Ireland (DSI), launched in 1998. The new 8 West brand reflects the management buyout of DSI from its former parent Anthem Inc., announced on November 30, 2016.

What have been your biggest wins to date?

Unusually, one of the things we are proudest of is saving lives! That is our biggest win. SafeTrx has been responsible for saving the lives of actual people, and with ten countries now using it, and more to come, we know that this will grow. Today (12.1.17 at 14.42) we have 653655 hours at sea recorded on the platform. Our commercial success is based on working with customers like Amazon, Expedia, eBay and Avon. Our biggest customer is Anthem Inc., one of the largest private health insurers in the USA. We have also won many awards over the years too, for ecommerce and Search and Rescue.

What type of people (market segment) are you trying to attract to your product?

In the IoT space we are looking to attract customers (and partners!) with innovative requirements in digital health, Search and Rescue, citizen safety and other areas. We are in the business of developing a digital ecosystem around citizens and citizen safety in different environments, always focused on providing the same critical things – real time information on location and status, driving the best operational responses. On the enterprise services business we welcome nearly all potential customers but love challenging ones with complex problems to solve.

Tell us about your team?

It would take a long time to describe our team of 200+ software professionals. We would summarise by saying we have deep strength and depth in a very flat organisation, with a very high staff retention rate and strong commitment to training to maintain skill sets. We also have exciting projects and products to work on.

What are you long term plans for your product / company?

World domination of the citizen safety space as well as our pick of the most interesting bespoke projects for big customers!

What are your favourite tech gadgets?

We are excited to be working with drones and wearables in our citizen safety applications, and see almost limitless potential for IoT devices as sources of real time data to drive situational awareness and response.

What tech gadgets do you wish you could use to help you?

Infinite life micro batteries and 1 mm accuracy GPS.


How do people get in touch with you?

[email protected] / @8westconsulting on Facebook and Twitter

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