16 September 2013 · Absolute IT

This article from TechDay talks about the exciting things happening in IT technology around the America’s Cup. The article begins:

“Technology isn’t new to the America’s Cup – but the key role it plays is growing with each campaign. Not only in the design of the high tech boats, but the teams clothing, capturing race speeds and weather, team communications and the delivery of the race story to the public.

New Zealand companies like Ian Taylor’s, Animation Research Ltd (ARL), Tait Communications and Vesper Marine are examples of NZ based companies making a name for themselves in San Francisco because their tech products are being used in the 2013 America’s Cup.

In a recent article this week Taylor was quoted saying, “What Team New Zealand has done up here [in San Francisco] in the world of technology, design and IT has been absolutely staggering…Team New Zealand was the talk of Silicon Valley”. ”

This is exciting news for our ICT industry and a great example of the wider impact the America’s Cup is having on the NZ economy and our exports.

1992 was the first America’s Cup where NZ technology tracked the boats in real time. In 2000 the internet was the new means of communicating the story and now in 2013 the delivery of live race imagery, modelling and mapping to a mobile audience, anywhere, anytime has taken front of stage.

The brains behind this virtual eye technology are the team at ARL.  This award-winning technology has changed events like the America’s Cup from being difficult to watch and understand into a multi-device spectator sport.

Vesper Marine is an Auckland based leading manufacturer of innovative marine safety products. Their Virtual AIS Beacon is being used to establish a virtual aid to clearly outline the racecourse for the event.

Tait Communications has equipped Emirates Team NZ with 22 beyond-toughTait TP9400 P25 digital portable radios, providing the sailors and support crew with highly secure, crystal-clear communications on the water.

These companies are great examples of the role New Zealanders are playing in this year’s America’s Cup and the wider benefit the exposure is having on the NZ economy and our exports.

They are also exciting examples of the type of tech job opportunities that exist in NZ and world leading programmes and projects those with the rights skills could be working on.

ARL, Vesper Marine and Tait Communications are turning data into useable digital imagery, developing high tech digitally encrypted communication technology and creating world leading mobile applications.

The skills needed to develop and maintain these types of technologies are in hot demand.

The industry is demanding technology professionals experienced in graphic cards for animation and gaming, through to mobile iOS/Android developers and those will skills in UI/UX, C++, objective C, C# and Java experience.


We have seen a 200% increase in mobile development iOS/Android jobs in the last 24 months.


A mobile developer working in New Zealand can expect to earn a base salary of $70-$100K+ depending on their level of experience and location. An exciting prospect for those coming out of University or looking to diversify their skill set.

These trends certainly aren’t constrained to Auckland and Wellington. The South Island is an exciting hive of innovation and the home of ARL and Tait Communications. They are only two examples of the advanced tech businesses operating from varies locations throughout NZ in a global market successfully.