Belfast Telegraph

Tech firm aiming to become Northern Ireland's first $1bn company

B-Secur targets even more growth after stellar start

By Ryan McAleer

A Northern Ireland company attracting significant interest from global car manufacturers for its pioneering heart monitoring technology has revealed its plans to continue expanding in 2019.

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Belfast-based B-Secur has already increased its staff from five to 36 in the past 12 months.

The biometrics developer, which will next month move into a larger premises at the Catalyst Inc business hub in the city's Titanic Quarter, is planning to recruit 10 more people in 2019.

It comes as the tech start-up secured its latest multimillion-pound venture capital investment in December. Speaking in an exclusive interview with Business Telegraph, B-Secur's chief executive Alan Foreman revealed that the company will open a new base in the San Francisco area this year and said he wants the firm to become Northern Ireland's first tech unicorn (a company valued at over $1bn).

Earlier this month, B-Secur unveiled its new product - Heartkey - at the world's biggest tech event, CES, in Las Vegas where it garnered significant attention.

Mr Foreman said its technology could have major implications for both the motor and health industries: "By simply touching your steering wheel, or through the watch or T-shirt you are wearing, we can see in real time and detect how well you are. That has huge implications for the NHS, and for drivers."

Belfast Telegraph