29 October 2015

Innovation 2015 event draws industry applause

Innovation day

BT has hailed its recent Innovation 2015 exhibition as a ‘dazzling success’.

The event, which took place over a week, was held at BT’s global innovation headquarters at Adastral Park near Ipswich.

It attracted more than 2,000 visitors, including a number of high profile BT business customers, journalists and industry analysts.

All were able to see cutting edge examples of how BT’s research and innovation is helping the company and its customers to thrive in a fast changing global market.

It was an opportunity for BT to demonstrate how new technologies scouted from around the globe, combined with BT’s own pioneering research, are transforming BT’s services and operations.

Latest technology

Technology on show ranged from Internet of Things related demos through to the very latest in Big Data analytics and an inspiring future networks showcase.

Tim Whitley, MD research & innovation, BT said: “We’ve not had an event on this scale for around twenty years but in terms of showing how BT really is leading on innovation for our customers and the industry – this one delivered. Most pleasing for me is the degree of enthusiasm we’ve had from all our visitors – they’ve engaged with us in such a positive way. And it’s great to hear how impressed they’ve been.”

One customer, Phil Cooper from Williams F1, said: “It was very interesting to look at some of the new technologies BT is bringing to market – particularly network functions virtualisation and virtual reality concepts.”

Thought provoking

Another, Russell Dewdney from Credit Suisse, said: “This was an excellent way for BT to showcase research and development. It’s a side we don’t appreciate or usually get to see. It’s stimulated lots of thoughts in my mind.”

Meanwhile, Emer Timmons, president, BT Global Services said: “I’ve seen things I didn’t think we’d see for ten to fifteen years – and we in BT have invented it."