Today is a fun day for Shadowcat Systems. It is also a good day for a local community-focussed project that we have been a part of for some time.
The first fun part is that we have two MSc students starting at the offices this morning for a three months project as part of their studies. They are here to complete a strong practical project that we have devised and this nicely segues into the second piece of the opening paragraph.
As part of our relationship with Michael Hallam of Lancaster ESTA and the Small Green Consultancy; along with our association with Jack Knight of Independent Lancaster/@lancasterhour (#lancasterhour) and KnightTime Creations; and the recent discussions involving Ian Simpson of Knight Training we have been engaged with supporting local businesses. Some of this is through general support of the schemes these people are a part of with advice and work, but a large and essential component is a project that is loosely called the Local Loop system that we are helping to devise and build.
This is the project that we are attempting to bring to market with the help of our two MSc students. We already have a working prototype, and a manual system that has been testing equations and data collection processes. We are moving to the next stage where we automate the system and start a broader trial before rolling it out to other local communities. The two students will be helping us to realise a working system from the simple prototype and adding a host of features to make it relevant to the end user.
It is still early days so there isn’t much more for me to share here at this time. However pretty soon we hope that there will be lots to say, so keep watching this space.
 The first part of this is the trial system called The Food Loop Game.