UK expertise for software firm

Wynyard Group, a spinoff of Christchurch software firm Jade, has added another big name in crime-fighting to its advisory board.

Wynyard, which develops crime and threat detection software for companies and governments, has just enlisted David Johnston, the former head of homicide and serious crime command for the London Metropolitan police, for the company's advisory board.

Wynyard managing director Craig Richardson said Johnston strengthened the firm's knowledge of real front-line operational challenges and the tools needed to fight new crimes.

Growing complexity and increasingly large amounts of data were now commonplace in major investigations, Johnston said.

Speed in extracting useful information from data, and the ability to understand, analyse and act on that information remained key to early detection and reducing risk, he said.

The advisory board served to keep Wynyard up to speed on local and international issues and helped focus its research and development and products and services, Richardson said.

Last month the software firm announced that Louis Grever, former FBI executive assistant director of science and technology, had joined Wynyard's advisory board after 24 years with the FBI. Grever was responsible for the operational technology, laboratory and information services divisions.

The Press