A firm believed to be in the mix as a potential to build Donald Trump’s wall has not only revealed itself this week to have Gloucestershire roots – but that it is recruiting.
We revealed on Southwestbusiness.co.uk earlier this week that rumours placed the firm Digital Barriers in the mix when it came to President Trump’s much mooted wall between the USA and Mexico.
While the business has neither confirmed nor denied the reports that its digital and technological skills honed for contracts with the likes of the MOD and other border agencies are under scrutiny by Trump’s team, it highlighted strong Gloucestershire connections for the AIM-listed public company.
It has now also revealed it has ambitious growth plans for the year ahead after a period of concerted acquisition - and that it is looking to recruit young talent.
“We have just started a graduate scheme. We took on two graduates – in Gloucestershire – six months back. We are likely to develop the scheme business-wide as we grow,” said Neil Hendry, a former Sir Thomas Rich’s School pupil and army captain and now the firm’s vice president who runs the Gloucestershire-branch of the business.
“This year is about growth. We have positioned ourselves as able to create solutions from our technology. We see that as exponential growth.”
As for Trump’s wall, as you may have guessed Digital Barriers is not linked to a physical wall.
But its technology – such as its EdgeVis Shield and ThruVis products – can and have been employed by military forces and border controls around the world and there seems little reason to see why it would not offer at least part of a solution to the President's 2,000 mile-long headache.
We happen to know that tests of the technology – which can detect human movement across entire border areas, deliver imagery and exact locations with near pin-point accuracy – have been carried out in Gloucestershire.
It is understood its EdgeVis Shield technology has been trialled in American border state Arizona.
The screw-shaped Unattended Ground Sensor (UGS) is buried but processes seismic technology so advanced it can differentiate between small animals, vehicles and humans as well as tunnelling activity.
Its ThruVis technology is a highly sensitive camera (as used by US Transport Security Administration) which works like an x-ray machine, but can detect non-metallic objects such as explosives.
Digital Barriers last full-year accounts show a turnover of £21.1m with international revenues increasing by 113 per cent to £15.1m and that aforementioned solution division seeing growth of 53 per cent to £18.2 million.
It was formed in 2009 after now senior board members Tom Black, Zak Doffman and Colin Evans sold a previous business - specialist security consultant Detica – to BAE Systems for £531m in July 2008.
Fourteen to fifteen acquisitions later, not to mention recent purchase USA-based Brimtek Inc, it today operates in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), from regional offices in London, Nice and Dubai, Asia-Pacific, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, the Americas and from offices in Ashburn, in the Washington DC Metropolitan – and Gloucester.