Frequently Asked Questions

Get to know us a bit better

Which programming Languages do you use?

The answer to that is simple - it depends! Our philosophy is that we select the best tools for the job, and we certainly don’t allow certain languages, API’s, software or otherwise limit what we do! We have years of expertise with many different languages such as Java, C, C++, Objective C, PHP, JavaScript and Python; we are happy to work in Windows, Mac and Linux environments, and we have deployed systems using Node, AngularJS, Apache, Django and many more platforms.

Our job is to find the best tools for the job, so that we can be sure that our products and services are of the highest quality, exhibit the best functionality, and are robust enough to still be operating to the highest level in years to come.

Can you connect to [insert hardware here]?

Probably! The best way to find out is to and ask! We have connected software to everything from weather stations to wind turbines, and have in-house expertise in communication protocols such as OCPP (for controlling electric vehicle chargers).

We also have expertise in the deployment of sensor constellations and low power communication networks such as LoRaWAN (Long Range Wide Area Networking), allowing us to deploy large, scalable, cost-effective networks of devices and sensors, with full integration into the Internet of Things (IoT).

What about Data Analysis?

We have expertise in the handling of al kinds of data, and in a wide range of analytical techniques. By deploying our flexible could computing facilities, we have previously handled datasets containing datasets of billions of records, and are happy to provide our customers with the facilities required for real time data analysis, with previous projects including the real-time spatial analysis of GPS tracking data, the real time analysis of data streamed from meteorological and environmental sensor constellations at the city scale, and the development of unique genetic algorithms for the prediction of river levels based upon real-time feeds of meteorological data.

We have extensive experience in the development of SQL (e.g. Postgres, MySQL, SQL Server), NoSQL (e.g. Mongo DB, Firebase) and spatial databases (e.g. PostGIS), and we are always up to date with the latest technologies available for Big Data analytics, including Hadoop, GeoMesa and Accumulo. We can deploy flexible computing resources in the cloud as required, so there is no job too large!

Can you do Mobile?

We certainly can! We have specialist mobile developers in-house, and have experience working both with platform-specific libraries (Objective-C and Swift for iOS, Java for Android), cross-platform systems and advanced game engines, such as Unity.

We also have a great deal of experience in seamlessly integrating our mobile applications with bespoke server ‘back ends’, ensuring the highest quality experience for clients’ users.

What are your specialisms?

We have a great deal of experience in working with the energy industry, particularly with respect to the development and operation of reneawble energy projects (particularly wind and solar), and electric vehicle (EV) charging.

However, we are experts in computing, and we are more than happy to turn our skills to any type of application. If you would like to know what experience we have in your industry, simply and we will be happy to discuss your needs.

Why are you called Flying Turtle?

Good question! The name of the company is taken from a sea monster that can be found on medieval and renaissance maps. Given that one of our primary specialties is the collection and analysis of spatial data, we thought that this would be a fitting name for us! The flying turtle has been seen on several maps from this period, with the earliest example being a map of Europe printed by Arnold Nicoli (1558), and other, later examples including Abraham Ortelius’ maps of Europe (1564) and Asia (1567); Thomasso Porcacchi’s map of Scotland (1572); Gerard Mercator’s map of Europe (1578); and Urbano Monte’s manuscript maps (1587 and 1590).

Apart from its obvious aesthetic charm, our favourite thing about the flying turtle is that it is now believed to have been the publisher’s mark from Nicoli’s publishing house, which was called ‘the sign of the turtle’. It is quite a pleasing thought that all of those subsequent cartographers, including some of the greatest names in the history of cartography, were unwittingly reproducing the logo of a competitor!

Tramezini's 1558 Flying Turtle
Mercator's 1578 Flying Turtle