What we focus on

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Virtual and Augmented Reality

With an eye constantly trained on the latest immersive innovations in virtual and augmented reality, Clicks and Links are able to deliver cutting edge projects that come to life before your eyes. We have created projects that have literally leapt from the screen and delivered a powerful message or have provided exciting tools for clients to use.

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Collaborative Spaces

Work and learn more effectively and exchange ideas virtually with Clicks and Links. We have a strong grounding in the creation of virtual collaborative spaces. We are experienced in building these spaces in such platforms as Unity3D and have delivered a wide range of projects for many sectors including education, training, built environment and cities.

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Applied Gaming

Use gaming principals and platforms to share ideas, visualise information and deliver tools that can bring a usable, engaging and more experiential element to projects and Clicks and Links are at the forefront of this movement.

Featured Products

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eXperium

eXperium is our multi-user collaborative immersive tool that enables all project team members and stakeholders to communicate via VR headsets, AR wearables, smartphones, tablets and PC’s in realtime from any location.

eXperium has been developed to facilitate project delivery across a range of sectors where timely collaboration, essential communication and development clarity mean results for all involved.

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the Age of Energy

The Age of Energy is the result of the FP7 funded City-Zen project. It is a game that has been designed to turn energy saving into something fun. It achieves this by leveraging the addictive elements in well know freemium games and putting them to use where it matters, reducing your home's carbon footprint.

 

Project Portfolio

  • All
  • Applied Gaming
  • Collaborative Spaces
  • Vr and AR
  • UVEX
    UVEX
  • Network Rail
    Network Rail
    “Nine Day Blockade” Simulation
  • Manchester Library Visualisation
    Manchester Library Visualisation
  • Virtual Linlithgow Palace
    Virtual Linlithgow Palace
  • Business Insight 3
    Business Insight 3
    Interactive Presentation
  • Triangulum
    Triangulum
  • City-Zen
    City-Zen
  • DIMMER
    DIMMER
  • NICE
    NICE
  • Prozone
    Prozone
UVEX

Project Skills: Data Visualisation, Unity

UVEX is a 3D tool for modelling energy flows between energy producers such as wind farms and oil refineries to energy consumers. The ability to model energy is becoming increasingly important in a diverse energy production field.

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“Nine Day Blockade” Simulation

    Project Skills: 3D Modelling, Unity, Real-World Simulation

    Designed to simulate a nine day West Coast line rail modification plan, this project aimed to show the movements of equipment and workmen in fine detail.

    Built in Unity and designed to be shown on a PC, this application took data from the main project plan and the models were created using real world terrain data to ensure accuracy.

    Manchester Library Visualisation

    Project Skills: 3D Modelling, BIM, Unity, Visualisation, Unreal, Oculus Rift

    To show how the new development of the Manchester Central Library would look on completion, Clicks and Links developed a virtual simulation using Unity. The online presentation gave visitors the ability to explore the development, walk around the new areas, watch video presentations and explore the different ways that the spaces could be used.

    The models were taken from the Architect’s models and used BIM information to ensure the site’s accurate transition into the virtual world.

    The presentation can also be shown in full virtual reality using the Oculus Rift headset. The user can feel like they are actually stood in the new building.

    Virtual Linlithgow Palace

    Project Skills: Visualisation, Simulation, Unity, OpenSim, 3ds Max

    A virtual world representation for students of History of Linlithgow Palace in the state it would have been when Mary Queen of Scots was in residence in the 1500s.

    The palace was first created in OpenSim and then created again and presented as a Unifier project to provide easier access.

    Business Insight 3
    Interactive Presentation

      Project Skills: Unity, Simulation

      This Customer Service Simulation presentation is designed for Bi3 Sales Representatives to show how their products work to clients either on a computer or a mobile device. Common retail scenarios are simulated and product demos can be toggled to show how the Bi3 systems deal with them.

      Created in Unity, this presentation was mostly intended for use on iPad or tablet primarily, but it still functions excellently on PC screen.

      Triangulum

      Triangulum – EU sponsors SUSTAINABLE CITY development with 25 Mio. euro

      The European Commission has signed the Grant Agreement with the Triangulum project, paving the way for one of the three lighthouse projects for the Smart Cities and Communities initiative. Together with the two other lighthouse projects REMOURBAN and GrowSmarter, Triangulum will lead the way towards a smart and sustainable development in European Cities. With the official project start on 1st of February 2015, Triangulum will transfer designated urban districts into smart quarters within the ‘lighthouse cities’ Manchester (UK), Eindhoven (Netherlands) and Stavanger (Norway) and transfer the concepts to three ‘follower cities’ Leipzig (Germany), Sabadell (Spain) and Prague (Czech Republic).

      Triangulum will transform the student quarter in Manchester known as the Corridor, which contains around 72,000 students, into a smart city district. This will entail renovating historical buildings and building up an autonomous energy grid to supply the entire district with heat and electricity. The grid will combine geothermal and district heating with two independently operating electricity grids and a fuel cell that can store excess energy. In addition, all conventional cars are to be banished from the district: according to the scientists’ vision, only electric vehicles, bicycles, and the city’s “Metrolink” electric tram will be allowed in the Corridor.

      “Our goal is to find viable solutions to make cities sustainable, smart, and livable in the future. To achieve this, we’re implementing pioneering concepts for sustainable energy supply, mobility, and information technology, initially in three selected cities,” explains Alanus von Radecki, project manager at Fraunhofer IAO, who has the lead role in the project.

      “At the heart of our project is an ICT architecture that will be used in all three flagship cities. It is the foundation that enables the individual technologies in the city to be connected and coordinated with each other,” says Alanus von Radecki. This standardized architecture also ensures that it will be possible to subsequently transfer the concepts to other cities – as will be demonstrated when the project moves to its second phase in Leipzig, Prague, and Sabadell.

      Triangulum was selected out of a total of 19 submissions by the European Commission for being founded for ambitious plans.. and for a strategic partnership within the Horizon 2020 framework.

       

      Project coordinators

      • Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO | Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum

       

      Participating partners

      • Manchester (UK)
      • Manchester City Council | The University of Manchester | The Manchester Metropolitan University | Siemens plc | Clicks and Links LTD
      • Stuttgart (Deutschland)
        Institute for Human Factors and Technology Management (IAT) of the University of Stuttgart I Fraunhofer-Institute for Open Communication Systems Fokus I TÜV SÜD ImmoWert GmbH
      • Eindhoven (Netherlands)
      • Municipality of Eindhoven | VolkerWessels | Stichting Woonbedrijf SWS.Hhvl | Eindhoven University of Technology | Koninklijke KPN
      • Stavanger (Norway)
      • Stavanger Municipality | Greater Stavanger Economic Development AS | Rogaland Fylkeskommune | The University of Stavanger | Lyse Energi AS

       

      Participating partners from the follower cities

      • Prague Institute of Planning and Development (Czech Republic) | City of Sabadell (Spain) | City of Leipzig (Germany)
      City-Zen

        Project Skills: Serious gaming, Unity, Mobile, 3D

        The project

        Aims to develop and demonstrate Zero Energy Cities with a centrale role for citizens. 23 partners are working together to achieve a future-proof grid, innovative heat and cold solutions and energy efficient buildings. Demonstration cities for this project are Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Grenoble, France.

        Serious gaming

        Clicks and Links role in this project is to design and develop a serious game that is aimed at making it fun for young people to start saving energy at home. This game has been called the Age of Energy.

        The Age of Energy has launched a new website and from now on it’s possible to sign up for the newsletter and receive early access to the beta testing team.

        The Age of Energy works the same way as familiar freemium smartphone games. The only difference is that instead of asking you to pay 90 cents to improve in the game, they simply ask you to save a little bit of energy. Through the course of the game, you will face ever increasing challenges, gradually pushing you to reduce your energy consumption with up to 30%. But their main focus is on delivering you, the player, a fun experience by including aspects such as team play, going outside to meet up with other players for bonus resources, and competition on global leaderboards.

        Check out theageofenergy.com for more information

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        Prozone

        Our team

        • Richard Bush
          Richard Bush
          Office Manager
        • Melissa Styth
          Melissa Styth
          Game Developer
        • Ryan Bradley
          Ryan Bradley
          3D Developer
        • Graham Oakes
          Graham Oakes
          CTO
        • Vin Sumner
          Vin Sumner
          Founder & CEO
        • Thomas Gidley
          Thomas Gidley
          Game Designer
        • Lewin Alley
          Lewin Alley
          Realisation Director
        • Gerben Kijne
          Gerben Kijne
          Product Development Manager
        Richard Bush
        Office Manager

        Richard has significant European and project support experience, being involved in a programme/technical co-ordination role for the 3 year FP7 DEHEMS Home Energy Management research project, as well as an ERDF funded SMARTER Energy Management system developed by Clicks and Links and implemented into 250 UK small businesses.

        In addition Richard provides an ongoing project administration and finance control role on various FP7 (incl. NiCE) and Horizon 2020 projects where Clicks and Links are involved.

        Melissa Styth
        Game Developer

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        Melissa has a PhD in Theoretical Physics from University of Bath and a Masters in Physics from Lancaster University. She has recently joined C+L as a programmer working with Unity 3D on The Age of Energy project.

        Ryan Bradley
        3D Developer

        Ryan, who also holds a First Class BSc (Hons) degree from Salford University has recently joined C+L as a 3D and Graphic Artist. Working with both high and low resolution imagery for presentation across a wide range of platforms and devices, Ryan will be primarily concerned with the modification of graphical elements during the refresh of the existing website from NiCE to GuiDanCe. He will also provide graphics support as required during the ongoing maintenance phase of work.

        Graham Oakes
        CTO

        Graham has over 30 years experience as a software and systems across industries including scientific computing, command-and-control, financial services, energy, telecommunications and games. He holds a PhD in satellite image processing from Imperial College, London, a first degree in geophysics from the University of Queensland, and is a Chartered Engineer, Chartered Information Technology Professional and Fellow of the British Computer Society. Prior to joining CL as CTO, his roles have including Director of Technology for Sapient Ltd, and Head of Project Management for Psygnosis Ltd, a subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment.  As an independent technology consultant he worked for clients such as Cisco, Intel, EUMETSAT, Skype, Vodafone, Oxfam and Greenpeace. His book, Project Reviews, Assurance and Governance, is published by Gower.

        Vin Sumner
        Founder & CEO

        Vin founded and is the CEO of Clicks and Links Ltd. Vin is responsible for the company’s development into socially-aware virtual world/serious games business that it is today.
        Vin recently led work with many European Cities, through Eurocities and the European Commission, on how the innovative use of ICT can help reduce a City’s carbon footprint.  This has resulted in more than 40 European Cities adopting the Green Digital Charter.  Vin’s other areas of interest include Green ICT, innovation and social technologies.  In the context of the current Future Cities agenda, he is exploring how games technology might be applied to help solve city challenges and how to bring SME talent together through new means of networking across national boundaries.

        Thomas Gidley
        Game Designer

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        Lewin Alley
        Realisation Director

        Lewin is an innovative, technology-aware and committed programme, project and development manager who has worked at senior levels in both private and public sectors.

        As Clicks and Links’ Realisation Director, Lewin became responsible for ensuring the company’s successful conclusion of the NiCE project and is directly responsible for C+L’s contributions to the current DIMMER City-Zen and JamToday European-funded projects.

        Lewin’s 10+ years experience of CMS-based web development will be particularly useful on GuiDanCe.

        Gerben Kijne
        Product Development Manager

        Earned an engineering degree in the field of Strategic Product Design at Delft University of Technology. Based in Amsterdam, he leads on the alignment of disparate stakeholder interests on FP7’s City-Zen and other projects, together with the engagement of stakeholder groups, from government departments to local residents and youth groups. His previous work at Philips Design and Accenture Management Consulting developed his expertise in the identification and delivery of collaboration opportunities that can really make a difference.