Deals done this past week

1 Nov 2010

An overview of the week in deals in the Irish technology sector, including RTÉ’s deal with Sony.

RTÉ in deal with Sony for station-wide migration to digital HD

State broadcaster RTÉ has signed a contract that will see technology giant Sony play a key role in RTÉ’s station-wide migration to a digital standard and high-definition tapeless environment.

RTÉ has commenced its adoption of Sony’s XDCAM HD422 file-based format equipment as part of the migration.

The deal sees Sony Professional deliver a broad range of its latest tapeless, multistandard and multiformat production equipment which will primarily be used for ENG camera activities and field editing, whilst working alongside RTÉ’s existing news and programme production systems.

The station adoption of Sony’s XDCAM solution will deliver significant benefits in terms of improved workflow efficiencies.

Prim-Ed partners with Panasonic for classroom tech

Prim-Ed has linked up with Panasonic to offer schools and colleges a larger choice of high-tech classroom tools.

The deal comes after Tanaiste and Minister for Education Mary Coughlan confirmed the release of €20.75m for ICT equipment in second-level schools.

Primary schools are already using these grants by investing in hardware and software for the classroom.

This partnership will fuse Prim-Ed’s educational technology with Panasonic’s global reach and technology solutions for education across Ireland.

Havok makes first acquisition with Kore VM

Havok has made its first technology product acquisition, adding Irish-made Kore Virtual Machine (VM) to its portfolio.

Kore VM was developed by Irish company New Games Technologies. It’s the smallest and fastest virtual machine for consoles on the market. Its toolset is designed specifically for console game development.

“We’d been looking at taking the company in a new R&D direction for some time,” said Hugh Reynolds, CEO of New Game Technologies.

“I guess we thrive on new product development, so we were delighted when the opportunity came up to place the Kore VM technology with Havok.

“Without a doubt, Havok is the company that has the best track record in the games industry for supporting customers and delivering optimised cross-platform technology. It’s a real win-win result,” said Reynolds.

Kore VM has now been renamed as Havok Script. Havok has now taken over all technical and commercial functions and will be providing all support, licensing and services for it.