Welcome back to Best of the West, our roundup of all the good things going on in the South West of England, our local spot!
This week we’ve collected news about some amazing forensic technology, digital trading cards and an exciting payment platform.
Creditcall team up with US firm NMI
Creditcall started in Bristol in 1996 and since then have shaped the technology of how we pay for products and services. From restaurant chains to carparks, they’ve done some pretty cool stuff. They not only make their tech easy to use but also help secure transactions. When you next sigh with relief that you don’t have to scramble for coins to pay for parking, you now know who to thank!
They’ve also recently been acquired by the US fintech firm NMI. Combining experience and expertise in Creditcall’s EMV (chip) technology with NMI’s card-not-present payment platform they hope to create an omni-channel service for businesses and customers.
Epics.gg celebrate securing $2 million
Epics.gg provide trading cards for the digital generations and they’re based in one our favourite cities, Bath!
‘We combined our favourite childhood hobby with modern technology for the ultimate user experience’ says founder Gavin Weeks. Their online platform works as a market place to trade and sell collectible cards. People can get their favourite esports players and different gaming influencers on them.
They’ve also recently received a $2 million seed investment. What a start to 2018!
Forensic solution for gun crime
Just up the road from us in Yate, West Technology Forensics have developed an exciting new technology that could solve thousands of cases of gun crime.
Vacuum Metal Deposition (VMD), a finger print collecting method, has been around for a while and solved some high-profile cases. The process involves placing evidence in a vacuum chamber and then tiny amounts of metal are heated up and vaporised.
Forensic scientist Eleigh Brewer spent time experimenting with different metals. She then discovered that sterling silver works particularly well for retrieving prints from the fired bullets.
(Image: Bristol Post)
This is incredible technology can solve thousands of cold cases across the world.