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Ed Vaizey, the UK’s Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries with representatives from the finalists in the Smart UK Project’s Most Innovative Mobile Company 2013. Finalists included Made In Mind, OpenSignal, Paddle, RealVNC and Skin Analytics. The winner was OpenSignal
Ed Vaizey with Brendan Gill, CEO and Founder of OpenSignal with the Smart UK Project award for the UK’s Most Innovative Mobile Company 2013
OpenSignal has won the Smart UK Project’s search for the UK’s Most Innovative Mobile Company 2013.
OpenSignal CEO, Brendan Gill received the award on behalf of the company from Ed Vaizey, the UK’s Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
The Android app checks mobile coverage wherever the user is to deliver an accurate picture of mobile network coverage. The company also provides a database of 100 million WiFi access points across 200 countries. With this data OpenSignal is able to accurately measure the true experience of network customers and then help them to locate a better mobile phone signal, find nearby free WiFi networks and monitor their data usage.
The competition, run in association with UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), began its search for UK’s most innovative mobile company in November 2012, with 70 original entries. OpenSignal saw off strong competition during the final judging from the four other finalists: Made in Mind; Paddle; RealVNC and Skin Analytics.
All five finalists pitched before an expert judging panel consisting of Mike Short (Vice President of Telefonica Europe), Fred Lardieg (Principal at Octopus Ventures), Geoff McCormick (Director of TheAlloy), Ewan MacLeod (Mobile Industry Review), Tim Green (Founder of Mobile Money Revolution) and Neil Crockett (CEO, Connected Digital Economy Catapult).