Belfast Telegraph – 25th March 2008
US prisons hold key to Core expansion
by Margaret Canning
A Northern Ireland identity management technology company has set up an operation in California.
Belfast-based Core Systems will operate from Santa Rosa under the name Tusa Inc.
For three years Core Systems has featured in the Deloitte Fast 50, which tracks fast-growing technology firms on the island of Ireland. It has developed technology for police and prison services around the world.
In Santa Rosa, Core Systems will market a multi-purpose interactive kiosk for prisons. The kiosk enables inmates to access information and make service requests.
It has teamed up with Touch Sonic, a Californian technology business which develops touch screen kiosk applications.
Patricia O’Hagan, managing director of Core Systems, explained: “Our joint expertise makes us well placed to bring leading edge inmate communication solutions to our target markets on a global scale.”
She said the company was benefiting from focusing on building international partnerships with the support of organisations in Northern Ireland and Britain.
“Invest NI has helped us substantially with new product development, essential market research, particularly in the US, with in-market support, management support, sales training and, most recently, in the creation of our new corporate identity.
“We really couldn’t have achieved what we have so far without Invest NI’s encouragement and very practical support”.
The company also signed an initial £50,000 contract in Malaysia during the recent Invest Northern Ireland trade mission to South East Asia.
As part of the Malaysia deal, Core Systems will supply an integrated security management system to a contractor for use in new policy stations.
In a tie-up with GB-based lock supplier Pickersgill Kaye, Core Systems will also supply its electronic control system into the Malaysian market.
Alan Hingston, Invest NI’s trade director, said Core Systems had made an “impressive commitment” to growing in targeted markets.
“It is now experiencing tangible benefits from this impressive commitment and is positioned to achieve accelerated growth in business abroad”, he noted.
Core Systems, which was set up in 1994, employs 22 people at its head-quarters in North City Business Park in Duncairn Gardens.
Invest NI offered the company £138,460 to support employment, marketing and market research activities.