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7 February, 2006 - 14:56 By Staff Reporter

Danish hi-tech firm chooses Cambridge

A Danish software company has set up in Cambridge and is inviting some of the world’s brightest computer minds to put its new firewall technology through the wringer.A Danish software company has set up in Cambridge and is inviting some of the world’s brightest computer minds to put its new firewall technology through the wringer.

KMEO, the newly formed UK subsidiary of Copenhagen based Scansoft, has established a base at Cambridge Science Park with the specific intention of putting its internet security software through its paces.

The company plans to offer its firewalls free of charge to the city’s colleges and students, so that Cambridge computer boffins can give it a thorough work-out, including attempts to breach it.

The company is also interested in collaborating with other universities in the East of England, saying it chose Cambridge over a number of options in London because of its “innovative environment.”

KMEO, which also provides software development consultancy, plans to double the size of its small operation by the end of the year.

The co-founder Peter Skovgaard said: “As the market for handheld devices increases, the need for security solutions also increases, but currently there’s a lack of security solutions running on the Windows operating system for these devices.

“Developing low resource security solutions, using very little disk space is a pressing necessity.

“We plan to use the Cambridge base and the opportunities it affords to work with both academic and commercial organisations to develop a lightweight neural network intrusion detection system and add anti-virus capabilities to the firewall we have already developed.”

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