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Belfast base of US tech firm Qwizdom secures six figure deal for its learning tool

By Lesley Houston

The Belfast arm of a US-based tech firm has scored a double whammy with deals worth an estimated six figure sum for its interactive learning software.

Qwizdom has secured contracts with C-Touch in Eindhoven, Holland - producers of touch screen technology - and with Belgian firm Vanerum, a supplier of communication hardware and software.

The Northern Ireland operation in Carrowreagh, Dundonald acts as the 30-year-old firm's European base for its specialist software.

It produces interactive and touch screen panel systems for schools, colleges, universities and corporate applications throughout Europe and the Middle East.

Qwizdom currently employs 10 people in its software development and marketing operations in Northern Ireland.

The deals follow the company's participation in the recent GITEX show in Dubai, one of the world's biggest and most influential annual technology events. Both C-Touch and Vanerum are bundling Qwizdom's software to increase the functions offered by their systems.

Qwizdom will also be working with C-Touch to develop business for the Dutch technology firm in Ireland.

Dermot Sweeney, managing director of Qwizdom in Belfast, said: "The agreements to supply two of the biggest manufacturers of interactive learning technology in Europe validate the quality, innovation and reliability of our software.

"What our software does very effectively and with flexibility is to provide the broadest range of interactive functions for their equipment.

"These interactive functions enhance person to person communications and are becoming increasingly important as touch screen flat panels replace whiteboards in Europe and further afield."

Invest NI's trade director, Dr Vicky Kell, said Qwizdom used the GITEX event to strengthen its presence in Europe as well as Dubai and the wider Middle East.

"As well as being an ideal platform to showcase products and services, sectoral exhibitions like GITEX are tremendous networking events that enable participants to update their knowledge of the latest technologies and market trends," she said.

Qwizdom is already supplying audience response systems and touch screen software for clients in Britain, many parts of Europe as well as key Middle East markets such as Kuwait.

It was set up in 1984 to develop electronic audience response systems before branching into software for touch screen technology.

In 2010, the Dundonald arm received research and development support of £57,000 from Invest NI to fund an increase in exports.

Last year it joined Learning Pool and DisplayNote on an Invest NI trade mission to Brazil.

The US parent company is based in Puyallup, Washington.

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