Expansion is a virtual reality for Third Eye Technologies

A Durham company specialising in 'blue room' technology is on the verge of major expansion through a series of overseas contracts

'Blue room' military training set up for the MOD by Durham company Third Eye Technologies
'Blue room' military training set up for the MOD by Durham company Third Eye Technologies

Third Eye Technologies, which provides virtual reality environments for a range of sectors, received support from UK Trade & Investment, the Government department that helps UK companies succeed globally, and is now close to finalising a wide array of significant contracts in the Middle East.

An agreement is nearly complete for the provision of a blue room suite for police forensics training in Abu Dhabi. The company, which directly employs 12 people, is also in the midst of discussions with oil and gas industries there, as well as with a major defence firm with a view to supplying Gulf states.

Negotiations are likewise ongoing with various global security and defence firms, as well as with three global consumer research companies.

Manager director of Third Eye, Paul Smith, said: “This work could transform things overnight. If all went ahead, we would be looking at a significant turnover and employing a lot more staff in a short period of time.

“These are all multimillion-pound contracts and taking on only one of them would make a massive difference.”

Established in 1996, Third Eye’s technology is so advanced, its blue room ISV allows 360 degree immersion with no additional equipment.

Discussions in the Gulf and United Arab Emirates came about after it installed a blue room training module for the Ministry of Defence at RAF Leeming.

UKTI provided research, financial assistance for travel to places like Qatar, help with a business plan and strong links through the British Embassy.

UKTI international trade adviser Jeff Thompson said: “Work with Third Eye Technologies over the past four years has been quite exhilarating as they are always breaking new ground and making technical advances.

“We hope the company’s success will inspire others to follow in its footsteps.”

This work could transform things overnight. If all went ahead, we would be looking at a significant turnover

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