UNIVERSITY of Limerick computer systems student Jonathan Lloyd has claimed first prize in the ActionPoint excellence in commerciality and innovation award for his final year project on license plate recognition.
Now in its fourth year, the award recognises the best projects from 4th year students of Computer Science and Information Systems (CSIS) degrees at UL.
Jonathan’s ‘License Plate Recognition’ system was commended by ActionPoint’s judges because of its “clean architecture and functionality”.
The judging panel also commented on the “efficiency gains” that this system can offer over existing technology. Mallow Native Keith O’Brien claimed second prize for his Intelligent ‘Horse Racing Predictor’ system.
ActionPoint was founded in 2005 by UL CSIS graduates John Savage and David Jeffreys, who were both awarded the prestigious UL Alumni award in Autumn of last year.
John Savage said that the ActionPoint founders have “very close ties to the University, as graduates ourselves, and of course, we are located on campus, only a stones-throw away from the CSIS building. Over the past decade we’ve grown to almost 100 employees, many of whom are UL graduates. We’re very happy to help engage and support engineers of the future through our FYP competition.”
The competition has long been a source of high quality graduate placements for ActionPoint, which provides IT services and custom software to key companies across multiple sectors, including the likes of Chill Insurance, Munster Rugby, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. ActionPoint delivered the online passport renewal project for the Department last year, with the (then) Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan calling it “one of the most significant innovations in customer service for the past 15 years”.
ActionPoint currently employs close to 100 people at it’s Limerick HQ, and has offices in the UK, Europe and the US. ActionPoint is a Microsoft Gold Partner, Dell Country Partner of the Year 2014 and 2016 and has won the Deloitte Fast 50 award for the past four years in a row. ActionPoint were also awarded Deloitte Best Managed company status for the second year running.
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