European IT award success for software development company

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Shoothill, the Shropshire-based data and software development specialists, are delighted to announce that they have been shortlisted as finalists in the Government Solution category for the IT Europa European IT & Software Excellence Awards.

Following a successful year in 2012, during which time the company were recognised by their industry peers by winning The Guardian and Virgin Media Business’s 2012 Innovation Nation Awards (http://www.guardian.co.uk/innovation-nation-awards/innovation-nation-awards-winners#enterp) and were also shortlisted as finalists for a further 3 industry awards, today’s announcement is a welcome start to what is already promising to be a very busy year for the company.

With stiff competition coming from IT companies across 24 countries throughout Europe, the shortlisting was given to Shoothill for FloodAlerts (http://www.shoothill.com/floodalerts), the unique online flood warning service. Shoothill were selected ahead of more than 100 other entries in the same category and the final winners will be announced at the awards ceremony in London in March.

FloodAlerts is a unique application that takes real-time flood data, from over 1800 Environment Agency (http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/142151.aspx) monitoring stations throughout England and Wales, and displays this data on an interactive map, updating and warning its users when they, their premises or the routes they need to travel could be at risk of flooding.

Launched originally as the world’s first Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/FloodAlerts) flood warning app, the service was expanded to the Shoothill main website and is also available as an app in the Windows 8 Store (http://apps.microsoft.com/webpdp/en-GB/app/floodalerts/34357a3c-0da4-4b63-84a7-2360b10fd185).

The FloodAlerts service is available free of charge to individuals, and can also be provided as a customised risk management solution to businesses that require infrastructure safety monitoring (tim(dot)welch(at)shoothill(dot)com)

Shoothill Managing Director, Rod Plummer, said: “We are delighted to have received further recognition for FloodAlerts in the shape of this latest award nomination. Being shortlisted as a finalist against such stiff competition is an achievement in itself and is testament to the hard work and dedication of the team at Shoothill.”

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For more information please contact Darren Francis, Shoothill on 0845 421 0391 or email darren(dot)francis(at)shoothill(dot)com.

Notes to Editors

Shoothill is one of the UK’s leading software development and data visualisation specialists, creating award-winning, bespoke solutions and bringing data and content to life through rich, interactive applications for a diverse range of blue chip clients across many different industry sectors in both the public and private sectors.

Shoothill draws on a team with over 90 years’ combined software development experience and uses a range of technical capabilities to create elegant solutions that afford a high degree of scalability and functionality that could help your organisation to transform and visualise its data and content in richer, more innovative and immersive ways.

These powerful visualisation technologies enable the transformation of complex statistical or geographic data into dynamic and accessible formats, from coloured heat maps to unique search systems.

Clients include Microsoft, MSN, BT, Primary Care Trusts, The Imperial War Museum, Fauna and Flora International and The United Nations, amongst many others.

FloodAlerts has already scooped one national innovation award in the last year by winning The Guardian and Virgin Media Business’s 2012 Innovation Nation Awards.

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