• OpenSignal receives award from Ed Vaizey, UK Minister for Culture,
Communications and Creative Industries
• Crowdsourced mapping improves mobile signal and discovers free WiFi
Mobile World Congress, Barcelona – OpenSignal, provider of accurate
crowdsourced mobile coverage maps, has won the Smart UK Project award for
the UK’s Most Innovative Mobile Company 2013.
OpenSignal CEO, Brendan Gill received the award on behalf of the company
from Ed Vaizey, the UK’s Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative
Industries, at Mobile World Congress, the largest mobile industry event in
OpenSignal provides accurate mobile coverage maps through crowdsourcing via
an app that checks mobile coverage wherever the user is to deliver the best
network coverage to users. The company also provides a database of 100
million WiFi access points across 200 countries. With this data OpenSignal
is able to help users locate a better mobile phone signal, find nearby free
WiFi networks and monitor their data usage.
Geoff McCormick, one of the judges of the Smart UK Project said: “The
quality of the finalists: Made in Mind; OpenSignal; Paddle; RealVNC and Skin
Analytics was incredible. The judges’ decision was strongly influenced by
the value that OpenSignal brings to mobile users by providing them with the
best signal for their phone.”
Brendan Gill, CEO, Open Signal, says: “We were stunned to win the award.
The UK is such a hotbed of innovation and the quality of the finalists was
so high. We are delighted to win.”
The competition, run in association with UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), began
its search for UK’s most innovative mobile company in November 2012, with 70
original entries. OpenSignal saw off strong competition during the final
judging from the four other finalists: Made in Mind; Paddle; RealVNC and
All five finalists pitched before an expert judging panel consisting of Mike
Short (Vice President of Telefonica Europe), Fred Lardieg (Principal at
Octopus Ventures), Geoff McCormick (Director of TheAlloy), Ewan MacLeod
(Mobile Industry Review), Tim Green (Founder of Mobile Money Revolution) and
Neil Crockett (CEO, Connected Digital Economy Catapult).
The OpenSignal app is available free for Android devices and a version for
iOS devices is imminent.