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Tools for data compression

Case study from the University of Sheffield who pitched their ideas to industry and investors at the CDE Marketplace on 6 September 2016.


The University of Sheffield has used Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) funding to produce a suite of tools that highly compress large databases for use with a corresponding set of mobile apps.

For this work, the University has managed to compress data sets to less than half the size achieved by industry standard tools.

They will now explore special gains that can be made using this compression on geographic and spatial data.

This compression could help get data from the servers to the people in the field who need it most. While of potential use for the armed forces, this could be of benefit to any organisation with larger data sets and a large number of individuals in the field (e.g. law enforcement, charities, utilities).

Dr Adam Washington, Research Associate, University of Sheffield says:

The funding from CDE provided the time for this project to go from an interesting possibility to a functional framework. Yet, the support and guidance provided by our CDE partners provided our greatest benefit, allowing us to direct and focus our work to where it could provide the most aid.

Founded in 1879, the University of Sheffield employs over 7,000 staff and educates over 27,000 students.

View the pitch presentation slides.

About CDE

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Published 15 August 2016