2021 Achievements: Our Technology Developments

With the appointment of our new Chief Technology Officer, Richard Kirkby last summer. Our extensive suite of security technologies has seen a range of new developments, to support the security services we offer to our clients.

Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Essex University

This autumn we have recently announced our Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with the University of Essex, which will use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to deliver safety and security advice to clients globally.

The Horus team will work with the University’s School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (CSEE) to build pioneering capabilities in two forms of AI – Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing. The aim of this is to develop an automated system capable of making real-time, dynamic recommendations to our clients based on hundreds of sources of data.

To our knowledge, this will be the first-time artificial intelligence has been used in this way. Our plan for this is to use it to provide information for our travel security app (Horus-I), which delivers safety and security support to travellers all over the world by sending them alerts and other information. The development of our app is particularly important as we are expecting the travel sector to return strongly following the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can find out more about this partnership in our latest news article.

“The University of Essex has an exceptional track record in working with industry in these areas of technology and we anticipate that this will be the start of a very fruitful partnership. It will be vital for us to maintain links with academia beyond this partnership to ensure our investment in technology remains leading edge within our sector.” 

– Jonathan Whiteley, Horus Founder and CEO


2021 has seen the research and development team continue to develop our travel security app – Horus-I. We are continuously developing it to adapt to the evolving travel climate. A new feature the team have implemented includes the addition of global Covid-19 alerts, that automatically update the app and control panel with the latest COVID-19 figures for every country.

Enhanced DBS

As of 31st May 2021, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has implemented changes to the enhanced DBS check application process. That has been integrated into our HOSS platform for a seamless application process for both candidates and recruitment managers.

Find out more about our Security Screening service.

Horus are a proud registered body for DBS and have adapted to the new Enhanced DBS guidelines which came into effect on 31 May 2021.

– Kerry Taberner, Head of Pre-Employment Screening

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