Runcorn: April 8, 2019: A bespoke software application designed to tackle the problem of piracy around the Horn of Africa has won the first Merseyside Innovation Award of 2019 for Polymorph, the Heath-based IT services company.

Polymorph’s global software product Mercury was created to enable intelligence agencies, countries and naval forces to tackle piracy by securely sharing information in real time, without compromising organisations’ individual systems.

The low bandwidth web-based applications allows agencies to share reports, documents and images in real time, even when vessels are at sea in areas where communications are difficult.

Its success has reduced the number of hostages taken by pirates from 237 in 2011 to zero in 2017 and ensured the safe passage of World Food Programme vessels delivering 1.7 million tonnes of food.

With the region around the Horn of Africa now deemed safe waters, operators are able to secure their cargo with insurance for the first time, and Mercury’s success continues closer to home with the web-based solution generating £3 million of revenue for Polymorph itself. The company has taken advantage of the opportunity to expand and invest in the infrastructure of its local IT team.

“Winning the MIA is a fabulous achievement, acknowledging the huge impact Mercury has had globally in fighting against piracy and armed robbery of vessels, which have serious political, security and humanitarian ramifications,” says Polymorph founder Steve Harris.

The MIAs recognise innovative companies and individuals in Merseyside who use creativity to fuel growth and profitability. MIA’s aim to help companies turn great ideas into great businesses and contribute towards the region’s economic development.

“Our congratulations go to the team at Polymorph,” said Lesley Banks, Sales and Marketing Manager for The Heath. “We are home to companies of all sizes, working on really innovating technology, and it’s great to see their successes as they grow and thrive!”

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