Our recent projects include desktop
applications, device drivers, client-server systems, databases,
process control, real-time embedded systems, production test systems,
telecoms and TCP/IP networking.
Some of our recent customers include:
Pace Micro Technology
We have delivered numerous software projects to Pace
over many years, including ISDN and ISO 7816 Smart Card drivers for Internet
Appliances and various projects for their Internet Television products.
Edward Baker commissioned Octopus Systems to develop process control software
for numerous production control systems in their Sudbury factory.
We developed over 10 process control systems and each one typically handled
500 digital and analogue inputs and outputs in real-time. The systems
provided multi-screen mimics and communicated with each other in real-time
using network protocols developed by Octopus Systems. Sophisticated detection
and recovery systems were implemented to handle and report plant failures.
Octopus Systems has developed numerous applications for Nestlé
Purina over 5 years, including real-time control systems and network
gateways and communication protocols to enable legacy systems to communicate
with Rockwell PLCs.
Acorn Network Computer
Octopus Systems developed the ISDN driver for Acorn Network Computers
and were responsible for the testing and telecom approvals, as part of
Oracle's Network Computer project.
We also developed drivers and boot systems for their DeskLite thin-client
Octopus Systems have worked on numerous DVB projects for several digital
television companies and STB manufacturers,
Projects have included:
HR Wallingford specialises in civil engineering and environmental hydraulics.
Their ship simulation training systems use a network of computers, each
handling a particular aspect of the simulation (display, navigation etc)
and communicate via an Ethernet network.
In 1997 we designed and implemented TCP/IP network protocols to enable
rapid real-time communication between the computers to facilitate rapid
When Castle Technology developed the Iyonix
pc, their new 32-bit RISC computer they commissioned Octopus Systems
to provide technical support, training material and updated technical
manuals. We also developed an interactive web database for their web site
to enable independent software vendors and users to provide details of
third party products.
Sentech, part of the South African Broadcast Corporation use Lindos LA100
Audio Analysers for testing their lines, networks and transmitter paths.
We developed the original firmware for the LA100 and produced a special
version with their own specific tests programmed into the unit's EPROMs.
Octopus Systems developed the Lin4WinXP
software to enable LA100 and MiniSonic audio test systems to be controlled
from a PC running Windows. This software is now sold worldwide by Lindos
Electronics under licence.
Acorn Audio Testing
Octopus Systems developed the production test software for testing the
16-bit audio output on Online Media's ADSL STB and Acorn's Risc PC's.
This generates real-time test waveforms measured using a Lindos LA102
Audio Analyser under RS232 remote control. This was used on various production
lines for testing desktop computers, STBs and thin-client systems.
Lindis Touchscreen Software
Octopus Systems developed Touchscreen software for Lindis International
which were sold with their various touchscreen products. One model used
a panel which clips over a conventional monitor while another has a touch
sensitive membrane built into a monitor. Our software includes a driver
for each device and sophisticated multi-point calibration software which
enables the user to calibrate the screen accurately and correct for non-linearities
of a CRT (including trapezoid, rotation and barrel distortion). This is
now in widespread use in many schools and public information kiosks worldwide.
We also wrote several manuals for Lindis including manuals for the Touchscreen
products, Presenter GTi graph plotting software and CadMust PCB design
Octopus Systems have run various training courses including courses for
Belgacom, the leading telecomunications company in Belgium.