From its factory in Reading, Access IS designs and manufactures data-capture devices for clients around the world. Managing director Roger Wyllie says the 2006 launch of its Boarding Gate Reader, which reads airline boarding passes electronically, has revolutionised the way those documents are read; the firm now claims to provide the technology to 26 of the world’s top 30 airports by passenger traffic. Also working in banking and retail, Access IS has supplied keyboards to the New York Stock Exchange and is providing ticket readers for the World Cup in South Africa. Exports have grown 91% a year, from £2.1m in 2006 to £7.5m in 2008.
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