• National Grid showcasing three OCC-partnered projects at LCNI

    Janine Smith

    National Grid will be showcasing three of their OCC-partnered projects at the Low Carbon Networks & Innovation Conference (LCNI) in Aberdeen, 20-22 October 2014. The conference is a platform for gas and electricity network operators to showcase projects sponsored under their NIA and NIC innovation schemes. The OCC-partnered projects are: Ramp Rate Study System: an interface to a numerical modelling tool that allows engineers to study the effects of a sudden change in gas pressure (“ramping”) on the network. Standards[...]

  • ASP.NET Web API on Linux and Apache with Mono

    Mike Hewlett

    We had a requirement at OCC to build a RESTful web service that would be able to run on both Windows and Linux servers. Someone suggested we give Mono a look to see if we would be able to use the ASP.NET Web API framework served up by the Apache Web Server on Linux. That sounded great; we have a lot of experience with the .NET Framework and a lot of experience with Linux but so far have not brought[...]

  • Digital Health Hackday

    Janine Smith

    David Hannaford and Mark Stone attended Digital Health Oxford’s Hackday, held at the Oxford Launchpad in Said Business School, Oxford, over the weekend of 12th and 13th July. David’s team came 2nd for the data visualization tool they built to enable a doctor to show a patient their survival rate if they are at risk from cardiac issues. The app calculates the survival rate of an individual by looking at data on risk factors, such as age, weight, blood pressure,[...]

  • CuPiD demo at Said Business School

    Janine Smith

    Reynold Greenlaw and Andy Muddiman attended the Oxford Startups demo night at Oxford Launchpad in the Said Business School, on 15th May where they demoed the GaitAssist smartphone app that has been developed for the Cupid project. They demoed it pretty much continuously at our very busy table to the many interested attendees and our communications manager Janine Smith joined in to lend a hand. The app continuously compares the gait of a user with Parkinson’s disease during walking with[...]

  • EmerGent: Relevance of Social Media in Emergencies

    Janine Smith

    We recently started a new project – EmerGent, which is a 3 year European project researching the impact of social media by emergency services during a crisis. Whenever there’s a large fire, riot, earthquake or other crisis a lot of information immediately appears in social media – some valuable, some completely erroneous. With our partners we are developing tools and techniques for mining and validating that content. The EU-FP7 EmerGent project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework[...]

  • Finding time to think

    Reynold Greenlaw

    A personal blog post from our Director of Consultancy Projects As well as delivering products, OCC has a team that specialises in custom software development; they are behind the wide variety of case studies on our website. This combination of teams working on custom software and product development & support is, I think, unique. Once a year I take the custom development team out for a day to discuss how we might write even better software. This time we crossed[...]

  • The OCC Christmas party, in May, in Poland

    Janine Smith

    For our 2013 Christmas do we decided we would visit our colleagues in Poland rather than go for the usual Christmas outing. As Poland tends to be rather chilly in December we opted to hold out until May and hope for some summery weather. So, over a long weekend, we (along with friends and partners) enjoyed the delights of a boat trip, a visit to underground cellars where vodka is made and aged, a walk round a picturesque lake, two[...]

  • CuPiD Technical Workshop

    Laura Walton

    We believe there are many organisations implementing systems that conform to the following pattern: A patient is being supported at home. They wear sensors and/or use a smartphone. Sometimes there is a home unit that wirelessly connects to the sensors/smartphone. The data is securely transferred to a server. There is a browser based application by which a clinician accesses the data. Sometimes the clinician can send data back to the patient via the home unit or smartphone. There may be[...]

  • eHealth and the Brain – ICT for Neuropsychiatric Health

    Laura Walton

    Reynold Greenlaw, Director of Consultancy at OCC, recently presented at eHealth and the Brain – ICT for Neuropsychiatric Health held in Brussels on the 5th November 2013. His presentation on Telemedicine and eHealth for Neurology, focused on the OCC’s involvement in the CuPiD Project. CuPiD is a three year EU project powered by an eight member consortium led by the University of Bologna. The CuPiD project is developing and field-testing home rehabilitation services for the major motor disabilities caused by Parkinson’s[...]

  • Top Tips in 10 Minutes for Software Engineers

    Laura Walton

    Recently Reynold Greenlaw, our Director of Consultancy Projects, talked to 10MinutesWith about building a career as a Software Engineer. In their interview, Reynold covers the hardest and the best parts of working as a Software Engineer. He also talks about his own career path and gives tips on how to get started and what skills are needed. 10MinutesWith is an educational website, focusing on videos designed to help students and graduates understand different jobs and identify a career path. Watch[...]

  • Tom’s thoughts on AngularJS, TypeScript, SignalR, D3.js and Git

    Tom Litt

    OCC DevCamp has been a great opportunity to put the day-job to one side and try out some new technologies. Here are some thoughts on how I got on with them. AngularJS AngularJS is Google’s offering in the JavaScript application building framework arena. Having previously used Knockout I wanted to use a different framework for comparison. I’ve felt that Knockout isn’t especially well suited to large applications, and it seems to struggle in terms of performance when handling a large[...]

  • Chris’ thoughts on HTML5 Canvas, SignalR and Git

    Chris Griggs

    HTML5 Canvas HTML5 canvas is a powerful little container for graphics which I only used the smallest set of features of. Other features to explore would be changing of line colours/styles, and of drawing shapes. There are also other algorithms for drawing lines (Bezier/Quadratic) that might lead to smoother lines. Problems arose due to different implementations between web-browsers; chrome seemed to fare the worst here, especially when reporting the position of events. Some of the other features of HTML5/CSS3 I[...]

  • Andrew’s thoughts on Git, Xamarin and SignalR

    Andrew Wroe

    My focus for DevCamp was building an Android app that would interact with the presentation web app in realtime. You can read the details of how we achieved that in my previous post Using SignalR in native Android and iOS apps. For that we made use of a toolkit called Xamarin, as well as the ASP.NET SignalR library, and Git for source control. Xamarin Xamarin is a toolkit that allows you to use C# to write code for native Android[...]

  • Mel’s thoughts on SignalR, AngularJS and TypeScript

    Mel Mason

    I spent most of the DevCamp week working on the client applications: the presentation itself (minus the annotations and the graphs), the secondary screen and the audience view. So the new technologies I spent most of my time on were AngularJS and TypeScript, with a little time spent on SignalR. SignalR I didn’t spend much time delving into SignalR, mostly because I didn’t need to. The code to set up a connection between clients and server is very concise and[...]