Corruption-fighting-software company Wynyard Group has entered into a research and development partnership with the British-based Jill Dando Institute to investigate new ways of tackling crime.
The institute, which is based at University College London (UCL), was set up after the 1999 murder of one of Britain's best-loved public figures, broadcaster Jill Dando, outside her west London home. Her Crimewatch co-presenter, Nick Ross, proposed a memorial to her in the form of a university institute dedicated to finding new ways of resolving crime.
Wynyard, which specialises in intelligence-led software and solutions for protecting companies and countries from threat, crime and corruption, is the institute's first partner outside Britain.
It expects to help build the crime science expertise available through UCL into a range of new commercial capabilities for policing and wider law enforcement, including predictive analytics that have application for real-time intelligence, command-support and investigations management.
It recently signed a deal with the New Zealand police for its Investigator product, which is used internationally by more than 50 agencies, ranging from the Australian federal police to specialist operations in Britain and multi-nation crime task forces in Asia.
As part of the deal, Wynyard will facilitate internships and post-doctoral employment within the company for institute students and mentoring to PhD students, along with providing access to its software for joint research and development.
Wynyard, an offshot of Jade Corporation, is due to start trading on the NZX on July 19 after setting the price of its shares at $1.15 for its $65 million capital-raising. The share offer closes on July 12.