Startup profile: Zeetta Networks and its unique network performance solutions
Designed to simplify and dramatically increase the performance of ICT networks, it can enable the deployment of services such as ultra-HD video distribution, city-wide Wi-Fi and the Internet of Things (IoT).
A spin-off from the High Performance Networks Group at the University of Bristol, Zeetta Networks already has an impressive backing with $2 million in venture capital investment received in December 2015 to commercialise the university’s network technologies.
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Zeetta Networks also just this month signed an agreement with Bristol Sport (owners of Bristol City FC and Bristol Rugby) to test and deploy NetOS in their Ashton Gate Stadium. This would enable Bristol Sport to monitor and manage effectively all the different sub-systems in their stadium and automate many of their functions and processes.
Keen to find out more about this exciting new startup and how NetOS works, we get the low-down from Zeetta Network’s CEO, Vassilis Seferidis (pictured below).
“Focusing on East Bristol, we aim to look at how we can use NetOS to create efficient, integrated and interactive urban environments for the benefit of the citizens”
Vassilis tells us: “NetOS carefully controls flows of data across multiple types of connected devices, such as wireless, optical, internet-of-things and ethernet which substantially increases network performance and productivity.”
“The software includes a powerful virtualisation engine which operates across different types of networks. This enables the development of ‘network slices’ i.e. logical and isolated sub-networks which can be used like real physical networks for the development of applications.”
“Network virtualisation enables the most efficient use of the network resources because they can be shared amongst many users.”
As well as the projects already mentioned, the startup participates in the €25million Horizon2020 project REPLICATE which aims to create integrated smart-city solutions to tackle familiar urban problems such as traffic congestion, poor air quality and unsustainable energy use.
Vassilis says: “Our software is an ideal solution for the management of the different sub-systems found in a smart city such as traffic lights, security cameras, water/waste management, etc.”
“The project will primarily focus on east Bristol and aims to look at how we can use NetOS to create efficient, integrated and interactive urban environments for the benefit of the citizens.”
“Bristol and Bath is a great region to create and grow a technology startup. There is an abundance of good and experienced talent, and a well-connected network of support systems”
Born out of the University of Bristol, Vassilis tells us how he and the team (see left) made the decision to take the startup on its next steps in the South West: “Bristol and Bath is a great region to create and grow a technology startup. There is an abundance of good and experienced talent, and a well-connected network of support systems (incubators, mentors and investors).”
“Most importantly there is a very supporting community which encourages and rewards technology innovation.”
He adds: “The Engine Shed is a natural home for Zeetta Networks due to its close links with the University of Bristol. It’s also a leading incubation hub for technology start-ups with excellent connections to investors in the UK and overseas.”
Vassilis also explains how impressed he is with other technology projects in the South West, including the City Innovation team at Bristol City Council – with whom Zeetta Networks has worked closely with.
“Few cities in the world can match Bristol’s passion for technology innovation”
He tells us: “I’m impressed with the breadth and depth of their technology understanding and how it can be used to improve the way we live, work and play in the city.”
“For me they are a typical example of Bristol’s passion for technology innovation which very few cities in the world can match.”
Thanks to Vassilis for answering our questions. You can stay up-to-date with its projects by following them on Twitter: @ZeettaNetworks.
Get involved! Zeetta Networks are now looking to substantially grow its technology team in the next 12 months by recruiting software developers at all levels. Check out Zeetta Network’s career page for more information.
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