Enterprise Ireland-backed New Frontiers programme at the Learning and Innovation Centre (LINC) at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown
Komeer is a new two-way global mobile messaging service developed by Pat Walsh to take the hassle out of getting key pieces of information to groups of people.
Pat manages a number of different groups in his professional and personal life and was very aware of just how much time and effort goes into managing group communications.
In his role as a mentor for Clontarf GAA club Pat has to keep in touch with the parents of 70 boys involved in up to three training sessions a week.
“People were being contacted in various different ways from texts and email to Facebook and I felt there had to be a better way of communicating with groups on a regular basis,” he says.
Pat, who comes from a technology background, has been working on Komeer for the past year and he has been trying out the product for the last six months with schools here and in the UK.
“The idea is to provide a messaging service that is simple and secure that keeps schools and parents connected. Komeer is an interactive process.
“By looking at the Komeer dashboard a school principal can see immediately how many parents have responded. Currently schools have no way of knowing who has read a text or whether a message has been received at all.”
Pat outsourced most of the software development overseas to contain costs but his aim is to employ about 30 people here within the next three years and to bring the software development in-house.
The company employs three people and Walsh is currently participating in the Enterprise Ireland-backed New Frontiers programme at the Learning and Innovation Centre (LINC) at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown. The pricing model for Komeer has not yet been finalised but the plan is to charge schools to use the service. The service is free for parents.
The app works on iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Windows Mobile.