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Robot Exchange creates seven jobs at new Lisburn research hub

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Ryan McAleer

By Ryan McAleer

A UK robotics start-up firm is creating seven jobs in a new research and development hub in Lisburn.

The Robot Exchange was set up in Nottingham just over a year ago. It specialises in robotic process automation (RPA), essentially automating repetitive tasks such as back office administration. The company said the Lisburn venture, which is being backed with £125,294 of funding from Invest NI, will deliver innovation in the areas of machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Chief executive Andy Wallace, said the company chose to set up here because of the availability of skilled developers and the support from Invest NI. He explained that the firm uses software robots to capture data and manipulate applications in the way a human would.

"They interpret, trigger responses and communicate with other software applications in order to perform a variety of repetitive tasks," he said.

The Lisburn research project will involve designing, developing and testing new ways to organise and integrate systems for the firm's RPA solution.

"We want to continue to provide an affordable and accessible route for businesses that are keen to adopt RPA to create efficiencies but are not in a position to invest heavily in skilled staff and licensing," he added.

Dr Vicky Kell from Invest NI, said: "The Robot Exchange is a company that recognises the importance of R&D to business growth and is investing early in its lifecycle to stay ahead of the competition. Investment in R&D results in competitive advantage, increased sales and, hence, growth."

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