Interface is an Edinburgh company that connects businesses with academic institutions. These partnerships can go on to develop global business opportunities. Despite the disruptive effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, Interface has played an invaluable role in unlocking skills, knowledge and talent from Universities and Colleges through business.
Interface have just celebrated 15 years of operation by producing case studies on businesses that have successfully partnered with academia through Interface.
Interface’s case study on ThermaFY focused on the work we have carried out through our long-term business/academic partnership we have with Fife College researching thermal imaging technology for plumbing and heating applications. This collaboration received an award at the Interface Knowledge Exchange Awards earlier this year.
The case study also mentions our new partnership with Robert Gordon University for the analysis of human body temperatures:
“Borders based Shock Innovations Ltd trading as ThermaFY, have developed a digital platform that determines how efficient a heating system is through thermal images. The business is a leader in real-time thermal analysis; their software ThermaFY Eco Solutions enables the collection and interpretation of thermal data from thermal images leading to the identification of inefficiencies of a heating system, saving money and reducing carbon emissions. A collaboration with Fife College developed new training modules to standardise workplace skills, ensuring that engineers could adopt this software and develop new customer, IT and thermography based digital skills. The collaboration was funded by a Scottish Funding Council Workforce Innovation Voucher. More recently, Shock Innovations and Robert Gordon University are collaborating in response to COVID-19 via an Advanced Innovation Voucher to adapt their analysis software, to help identify elevated temperatures from a person’s thermal images. A new solution ThermaFY Protect, provides a thermal analysis track and trace solution which has already received significant interest with pilot installations in two London hospitals.”
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Another part of Interface’s 15th birthday celebration was their 15 Faces of Interface campaign. The 15 Faces of Interface are people who represent different aspects of Interface, from innovators of the future to long-lasting partnerships over a decade old. Amanda Pickford, Founder and CEO of ThermaFY, was delighted to be featured as one of the 15 Faces. She had to say:
“Without Interface my business journey would not have taken the path that it has, the support and expertise has enabled me to tackle complex problems, way beyond my expertise and for that, I will forever sing their praises from the rooftops!”
The full 15 Faces profile for Amanda Pickford can be found at: