Swimming, software development and partnering with Bedfordshire University on their KTP scheme
It has been an energising few weeks of expansion at Drax Technology with a new office, new phone number, new products in development and our latest recruit Usman Ali. Usman joins us via Bedfordshire University and their Knowledge Transfer Partnership programme.  The University has been working with Drax for the last few months developing and securing a placement for a recent graduate to assist with our latest product developments.

Usman joins us on a two-year placement and brings a wealth of experience from early innovations during his undergraduate period at Bedfordshire University.  He has worked with prestigious local businesses, developed apps, produced software and has a soft spot for all types of programming language, with excellent interpersonal skills his transition into the Drax Technology team has been seamless.

When asked a series of questions for an internal blog, Usman’s funny story consisted of him literally diving in at the deep end on a school trip to the​ pool aged 12 before he had learnt to swim. A teacher swiftly rescued him and he learnt fast which seems to be an excellent metaphor for the way he has tackled projects ever since.

Usman is fascinated by every development regarding the Internet of Things and has hit the ground running looking at further detection and monitoring of false alarms and innovative ways in which the cloud can improve and reduce their occurrence. He is passionate about improving life safety and recognises the importance of trusting every element of critical alarms that are in place especially owing to such devastating news reports over recent weeks. This is an industry where technological advancements can make the difference between life and death – who wouldn’t want to be involved in that.

We are so pleased to welcome him and work with Bedfordshire University on such a fantastic scheme. The University of Bedfordshire has more than 400 experts and leading researchers to work with organisations and they offer a confidential consultancy service which enables us to harness the most recent research and innovation trends. You can read more about the program here.

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