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Innovative Technology Ltd. (ITL) is delighted to announce the appointment of Antonio Rodriguez, Technical Sales Engineer in the company’s Barcelona office. Antonio will assume responsibility for ITL’s Gaming, Amusement and Vending operator accounts in Spain, as the company continues to consolidate its market dominance in the country.
Antonio has more than 10 years’ experience in the industry, and has worked in a number of sales roles during his career. Antonio has specialised knowledge of the gaming sector, having spent the majority of his career working in the industry.
Antonio commented on his new position “I knew from my very first meeting with Mustapha (Group Sales Director) that Innovative Technology would be a great company to work for. I am excited to join a company that is the market leading provider of note validators in Spain and am very much looking forward to supporting Operators with their cash handling equipment needs. The Spanish office has expanded significantly recently and I look forward to working with the team here and meeting colleagues around the world.”
Group Sales Director, Mustapha Hadj-Ahmed said “I am thrilled to welcome Antonio to our team. His appointment signifies our continued commitment to the Spanish Operators and I believe his knowledge and experience in the Gaming sector will be of great benefit to our team and customer base.”
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Wednesday, 26 October 2016 13:54

Sun, Sea and Science

As part of ITL’s commitment to encouraging all of our employees to develop themselves personally and professionally Dylan Sumner, a member of our Research Team travelled to sunny San Francisco to attend an industry conference.

As you may imagine, I was more than content to swap whatever passed for summer in the UK this year for a nice, little Californian holiday. The conference was centered on machine learning and data mining, and despite its idyllic location, it was a great opportunity to build up my knowledge in this area of Data Science.

I flew over in the second week of August and settled in for five days of Sun, Sea and Science at one of the most prestigious conferences in the field. The conference took place at the San Francisco Hilton and featured talks from a huge number of major players in the industry including Microsoft, Google, Uber, DeepMind and Amazon. In addition to speakers from the corporate world, there were guests from the world of academia, from such renowned institutions as the University of Oxford, Stanford University and MIT. This mix of academics and practitioners gave a well-rounded perspective on the topics discussed and actually opened my eyes to ways of thinking that I wouldn’t have previously been aware of.

The conference featured a big focus on the most recent cutting-edge algorithms and techniques in Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Science, Statistics, and Mathematics. The great thing about attending a conference like this, is that you get to get to experience the unveiling of all these brand new concepts for the first time before anyone else.

Now you may be thinking “Dylan, how can these algorithms be interesting and relevant to a normal non-maths geek like myself?” Good question! These algorithms are crucial to exciting innovations such as Uber’s self-driving car and Amazon’s impending drone delivery army. Maybe it just appeals to my scientific side but it truly is fascinating to see how these technological advancements are developed. Not all the talks were so technical, there were various discussions on the impact of technology on society, and other ethical considerations.

For me, the aspect of the conference that was the most pleasant surprise was just being able to meet industry peers and chat about what they were up to. There were workshops and tutorial opportunities outside of the keynote speeches, where I was able to delve slightly more deeply into the subject areas that interested me and network with top industry figures.

It was a great experience to immerse myself in this area of research and I’m sure it will continue to provide benefits to my future career.


Find out more about opportunities in our Science and Research Team here

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Innovative Technology Ltd. (ITL) is delighted to announce the appointment of Enrique Jütten, VP of Sales & Business Development - Gaming, Amusement, Vending.

With more than 20 years’ experience in the gaming industry, Enrique has worked in a number of sales roles during his career. Based in Germany, Enrique will oversee ITL’s GAV business, as the leading cash handling equipment manufacturer continues to expand its product range and customer base.

Commenting on his appointment Enrique said, “I have been aware of ITL since the mid-90s when I worked with their Smiley NV2 and NV4 validators. ITL’s products have always impressed so when I got the opportunity to join the company I did not hesitate. I have known Aidan, Mustapha, Marcus and Tony for some time, I’m excited to be part of the team and look forward to contributing towards the company’s growth plans.

Sales Director, Marcus Tiedt said “I am pleased to welcome Enrique to the team and I know his long standing industry experience will be of great benefit to our customer base. His appointment signifies our continued commitment to our core Gaming, Amusement and Vending market.”

Customers will be able to meet Enrique at the upcoming BEGE next month and then ICE 2017 on the Innovative Technology stand.

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With the £5 polymer note now in our change all attention turns to the new 12 sided £1 coin that will enter circulation next Spring in March 2017. The current £1 coin was first issued in 1983 and having been in circulation for over 30 years is one of the oldest British coins still in circulation. Over time, it has become increasingly vulnerable to counterfeiting so from March 2017 our beloved pound coin will be replaced by a new 12-sided, bi metallic, thinner £1 coin which will become the most secure circulating coin in the world. The Royal Mint is producing more than 1.4 billion of the new coins in advance of its March 2017 introduction. There will be a six-month period of co-circulation until Autumn 2017 when the current £1 will be removed from circulation and cease to be legal tender.


Coin Specification

Shape12-sided with rounded edges ('radical chords') and corners
DiameterMaximum (point to point) 23.43mm; minimum (edge to edge) 23.03mm
Edge Thickness2.8mm
Metallic compositionNickel-brass outer; nickel-plated solid alloy inner
Additional featuresThe Royal Mint’s new anti-counterfeiting technology; milled edges


All businesses that accept cash need to plan in advance for the introduction of the new £1 coin, to ensure they are prepared before it’s official release. Our coin handling devices the SMART Hopper and SMART Coin System have undergone extensive testing and we foresee no complications for Operators after the new £1 coin enters circulation. All ITL coin handling equipment will need to be updated and ITL currency datasets are freely available now via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or from our website.


Key Dates

March 2017 – New £1 coin launched

Autumn 2017 – End of co-circulation period and demonetisation of the round £1 coin

Second half of 2017 – Polymer £10 launched


Visit www.thenewpoundcoin.com for more information



Did you know?

The pound coin (£1) was introduced in 1983 to replace the Bank of England £1 banknote which was discontinued in 1984.

The designs on the one pound coin change annually in a largely five-year cycle.

All modern coins feature a profile of the current monarch's head. The direction in which they face changes with each successive monarch, a pattern that began with the Stuarts.

From a very early date, British coins have been inscribed with the name of the ruler of the kingdom in which they were produced, and a longer or shorter title, always in Latin.

In the years since decimalisation, a number of changes have been made to the GBP coinage. The twenty pence (20p) coin was introduced in 1982 to fill the gap between the 10p and 50p coins.

A circulating bimetallic two pound (£2) coin was introduced in 1998. There had previously been unimetallic commemorative £2 coins which did not normally circulate.


Published in News
Friday, 21 October 2016 12:14

Jean Gilbert Nzeye

Name: Jean Gilbert Nzeye
Job Title: Electronics Design Engineer
Department: Development
Worked at ITL since: 2014

I joined Innovative Technology in June 2014 as a Graduate Electronics Design Engineer after completing my MSc degree in Electronics Product Development at the University of Bolton. After 18 months with the company I was promoted to Electronics Design Engineer.

I am based within the Development team and my work involves new product development, design and upgrading existing products to meet customer’s satisfaction. My role also involves testing new and existing product to meet relevant EMC and Safety standards. I work within a team of talented individual overcoming a variety of challenges during designs processes while at the same time learning new skills and techniques which are beneficial for future designs.

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Published in Meet the Team
Friday, 21 October 2016 12:06

Asif Shaikh

Name: Asif Shaikh
Job Title: Business Analyst
Department: Software
Worked at ITL since: 2016

I joined Innovative Technology in August 2016 with around 6 years of experience within Business Analysis and Project Management. My role involves working closely with the business to assist in requirements elicitation, process mapping, scoping and managing the delivery of software related projects.

Working with key stakeholders from all areas of the business has helped me build great relationships and an understanding of ITL's operations.  The role is fast paced, no day is the same and it's very rewarding. Working for a forwarding thinking company, alongside leading edge technologies these are very exciting times here at ITL.

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Published in Meet the Team
Friday, 21 October 2016 10:46

Meet our new VP's

We are pleased to announce the appointment of two new VP of Sales & Business Development; Thorsten Labusch and Enrique Jütten.

Thorsten has worked at ITL for over 15 years and will head up the company’s Retail, Kiosk and Banking division. Enrique joins the Company as VP of Sales & Business Development - Gaming, Amusement and Vending and brings with him over 20 years of industry experience.

Mustapha Hadj-Ahmed, Group Sales Director commented, “We are very pleased to welcome Enrique to our commercial team and congratulate Thorsten on his new role. These new positons will allow us to continue to grow as a business, adapt to changing market demands and ensure that we can maintain the best possible level of support for our expanding customer base.”


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Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:23

Susanna Larsen

Name: Susanna Larsen
Job Title: UX Designer
Department: Software
Worked at ITL since: 2015

I joined ITL in 2015 as a User Experience Designer and I have mainly been working of new software projects. My role is to focus on the interaction between users and software in an aim to provide improved usability through intuitive design solutions. My degree in New & Interactive Media has tied in quite neatly with what I do now and it has been very useful in creating user-friendly website software designs. I also spent a number of years in the design industry before progressing on to user design interfaces for high end digital audio broadcast consoles.

I get to do a lot of different things in my job and I’m able to use a number of planning tools that aid me in delivering a positive user experience, including user task flows, red route analysis, wireframing and prototyping. I also make heavy use of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator for my design process.

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Published in Meet the Team
Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:21

Brian Doyle

Name: Brian Doyle
Job Title: Test Engineer
Department: Test
Worked at ITL since: 2002
Roles held at ITL: Shopfloor Operative, Team Leader, Test Technician 

I started on the Surface Mount line as an operator before becoming a team leader in 2006. The following year I applied for the role of a Test Technician and have worked in the Test Dept ever since.

I run various tests on our products - firmware testing for all interfaces and new product testing which includes packaging drop test; voltage test; current test and temperature testing. We have automated test rigs to run currency tests and record all our findings in a central system to feedback to all areas of the company.  I am part of daily test team meetings and I am involved in new project development meetings too. Attending meetings and dealing with engineers has given me more confidence and I love the fact that every day is different due to the variety of tests we run.

I am a member of the Health & Safety committee and conduct portable applicance testing (PAT) for the company.


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Published in Meet the Team
Thursday, 20 October 2016 13:55

Tom Whiteside

Name: Tom Whiteside
Job Title: People & Resourcing Manager
Department: People & Resourcing
Worked at ITL since: 2016

I joined Innovative Technology in February 2016 with around 15 years recruitment and management experience. I started out in agencies managing large retail accounts, before moving in-house in 2010, working for the likes of TK Maxx and The Co-operative Group. I joined as Resourcing & Talent Manager and took the lead on strategies to attract and retain the best engineering, scientific and other specialist talent for our growing business.

Since joining the company we've been busy recruiting heavily and got the People & Resourcing function up and running which has led to my new role and job title - People & Resourcing Manager. I have also successfully achieved my degree in HR Management with ITL’s support. I’m happy that we now have the People & Resourcing function in place and that, along with the rest of the team, we’re ready to support the whole business with all human resources and recruitment needs.


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