A Lancashire-based company, OrmIT Solutions, has earned a global cash prize of $200,000 from US tech leader Cisco for exceptional innovation. This year’s Cisco’s Sixth Annual Partner Innovation Challenge saw OrmIT’s cloud-based WiFi Splash Access emerge victorious against competitors worldwide. The company plans to invest the prize money in more staff and developing new technologies.
Managing Director Tim Ormrod accepted the award from Cisco Vice President, Alex Pujols, during a ceremony in Miami. Splash Access partnered with Cisco 11 years ago and has integrated into the global giant’s Meraki cloud, providing secure internet access at WiFi spots in public areas while collecting data for clients.
Specializing in the UK high street retail sector, the solution is used by coffee shop chains and restaurants, as well as global brands such as CK, Tommy’s, and Tiffany and Co. As further recognition of its quality, the United Nations and UNICEF also use Splash Access. In the US, Splash Access is serving an increasing number of universities via Cisco Meraki, giving an away-from-home experience to around 45,000 students at Purdue University in West Lafayette and 20,000 at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.
Ormrod celebrated the achievement: “We are delighted to win Cisco’s Grand Prize against such tough competition from Cisco partners around the world. Our work has been recognized not only for its enhanced security and user access, but also for our user-friendly portal for private and secure communications. This recognition is a testament to the dedication of our team and our continuous desire to innovate.”
A citation from Cisco added that OrmIT Solutions’ Splash Access solution enhances security and user access control for universities and multiple domestic units. It further added that “Tremendous work OrmIT Solutions.” Since the launch of the Cisco awards in 2018, businesses in 96 countries have received prizes, with entries increasing by 68% this year.