Microsoft Veteran and SmartCity Pioneer to Trailblaze Quantify Technology's Entry Into China
Quantify has today announced a key target in the Company's global expansion plans as the Chinese Government’s 300 Smart City program. This will give Quantify a key foothold in one of the world's largest economies and the Company has already received an invitation to the Linyi National High-Tech Industrial Development Zone by the regional government representative. This gains Quantify considerable exposure at the highest levels of Chinese commerce and to key decision makers implementing China's Smart City vision.
Discussions are underway for Quantify's core technology platform to be used in Smart City developments, and with a number of leading Chinese building design groups for upgrades of existing buildings.
Quantify are also pleased to also announce that Alan Boyd, former head of Microsft's aquistion team and a pioneer of many Microsoft applications, has joined Quantify Technology to assist with Quantify's expansion strategy into China.
This appointment significantly strengthens our global exposure and expertise, with Mr Boyd being one of the world’s most knowledgeable technology and intellectual property (IP) specialists, having more than 40 years experience in the industry.
Mr Boyd will assist in targeting Smart Cities in China. This comes on the back of the Chinese Government announcing that it will create more than 300 new Smart Cities. A Smart City is an urban development vision to integrate multiple information and communication technology and Internet of things (IoT) solutions in a secure fashion to manage a city's assets, including municipal information systems, schools and libraries.
Mr Boyd co-founded SmartCity Software, the first Chinese software company to focus on the design, development, acquisition and licensing of software needed to design, build and operate modern smart cities. SmartCity Software has acquired the rights for China for some of the world’s most advanced software including artificial intelligence controlled microgrids, buildings and homes.
“We are excited to welcome Alan to our team. To have someone of his calibre join our team is a tremendous honour and his significant technological expertise will be invaluable as we continue to work towards our goal of redefining the IoT industry standard. His expertise in Smart City development will be instrumental as we look to target smart cities in China with our unique and innovative technology platform,” said Quantify Technology Managing Director, Mark Lapins.
Alan Boyd added, “I’ve been very impressed with the work Mark and his team have done. They’ve come up with an elegant solution for one of the most difficult problems of the IoT. This fits very well with where the industry is heading, not only in China, but around the world. It ticks a box that’s been conspicuously unticked for too long. Technology design at its best.”
Quantify’s effort to expand into China is already paying off. The Company’s Chairman, Aidan Montague, has been invited to meet with the Chinese Government official in charge of the Linyi National High-Tech Industrial Development Zone to discuss the use of the Q Device in smart buildings in the zone. The Linyi National High-Tech Industrial Development Zone is a national economic and technology development area in China’s Shandong province.
More about Alan Boyd
Mr Boyd was a pioneer of the US personal computer industry in the 1970s and wrote some of the earliest personal computer programs for MUSE, one of the first independent software companies.
Mr Boyd headed up Microsoft’s acquisitions team and was also Microsoft’s first Product Development Manager where he reported directly to Bill Gates and was an early influence on Microsoft’s product strategy. At Microsoft, he was responsible for the development of many ubiquitous software products that have become household names and sold hundreds of millions of copies.
On leaving Microsoft, he introduced one of the first commercially available hypertext browsers and helped establish hypertext as a key technology for the Internet.
In the 1980s, Mr Boyd was acknowledged by the Reagan administration as one of the world’s leading experts on IP and was employed by the US Treasury Department as an Expert Witness in a number of high profile IP cases.