The Dovetail Blog

Join us for our 10th Birthday after-work pints

We're proud to announce that this month Dovetail is 10 years old!

It's been a fantastic decade and one that we've really enjoyed.  We're very grateful to everyone who has helped us along the way, whether you are a customer, supplier, friend, family or colleague.

So we invite you to join us in McGrattan's Pub on Baggot Street for a pint and a laugh.

We'll be there (in the back room) from 5pm on Friday the 26th October.  There will be finger food so if you can even pop in for a quick hello please do.  We will of course be there till late.  Probably quite late indeed! :)

Mcgrattans Pub

  • McGrattan's on Baggot Street (
  • Friday 26th October 2012
  • 5pm onwards (Blowing out the candles at 6:30)

We exhibited at the Intelligent Transport Systems Ireland conference

On Friday October 5, ITS Ireland held its annual industry conference at the picturesque Lyrath Hotel in Kilkenny.

Dovetail operated a stand at the event and we met lots of clients, colleagues and friends new and old.

This year's conference anticipates next year's big ticket event, the 2013 ITS European Conference which will be held in the Convention Centre in Dublin.  We hope to see everyone again there.

Special thanks to ButtonBox for their fantastic service, getting Dovetail dressed up for the event.

Dovetail stand at ITS 2012 Kilkenny - Intelligent Transport Systems

Dovetail shortlisted for ITS Excellence Award

We were delighted to be shortlisted for the inaugral ITS Ireland Excellence Awards 2012.  The nominated project was Rennicks Data, a web-based application that allows the owners of trafficmonitoring smart-signs to remotely access the data gathered by their signs.

There are some screenshots here of the application.  But for this story I'm including a picture Ross Shannon from  HitTheRoad and Dovetail were sitting at the same table that night, and this is a picture of Ross being presented with our, I mean, the award... well done guys, and thanks for a fun night!

Ross Shannon ITSAward

Apa kabar? Dovetail meets Indonesian trade delegation

Dovetail were delighted to be invited to be part of a showcase of Irish companies working in the Transport sector.  The event was (extremely well)  organised by Cathy Holohan of Enterprise Ireland.

asean desk

A delegation of eighteen members from Indonesia visited Ireland. Over the course of four days they visited various Irish companies involved in transport, including two Dovetail customers: Dublin Bus and LUAS. We were delighted to be invited to meet the delegation and talk them through the services we provide.

asean outside

GiftVoucherSolutions launches Mobile Redemptions

GiftVoucherSolutions mobile redemptions app

Scotland-based GiftVoucherSolutions has launched a new mobile solution for its clients.  Providing gift vouchers to the hospitality sector in the UK and Ireland, GiftVoucherSolutions can now offer its clients the option of redeeming vouchers on Androids and iPhone/iPad terminals.  This Dovetail-supplied add-on to its existing systems uses 3D barcodes (QR Codes) and a touch-oriented browser-based implementation.




New Web Resource Centre for European Sharepoint Conference

European Sharepoint Resource Centre

The European SharePoint Conference is the only Europe-wide conference on Microsoft SharePoint technologies. The first conference was held in Berlin in October of 2011 and was attended by over 850 attendees. The next Conference will take place in February 2013 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Between events, European Sharepoint Conference's website is a hub for a thriving community of Sharepoint professionals. This month a new Sharepoint Resource Centre was added to the site. With a comprehensive search facility, this new feature gives members access to literally hundreds of exclusive webinars, videos, podcasts and expert articles.


SRCL empowers its customers with custom reports

SRCL seagull login page

SRCL, a long standing customer of Dovetail's, has further improved their outstanding customer service.  They commissioned us to deliver a web-based reporting tool for their clients.  It allows SRCL customers customise the data they wish to see, and download it a standardised format for further analysis.




Product launch for the Community Sector: IcarusCloud

We are proud to announce the launch of our Client Management System for Community Drug Teams, IcarusCloud.

IcarusCloud logo

This is the result of four years collaboration with Inchicore Community Drugs Team.

IcarusCloud helps Community Organisations to deliver the best possible service to their clients, at the same time helping them secure funding.

You can learn more about IcarusCloud here:

Rennicks SmartSigns connected to the web

We are delighed to announce the lauch of  This is a new facility Dovetail built for Rennicks Signs (, Ireland's premier supplier of highway signage systems.


RennicksData is the hub of a network that retreives traffic data from roadside signs, making it available to Rennicks' customers including traffic planners, transport companies etc.

The system makes use of GPRS data channels and cloud-based computing infrastructure.

An anxious moment for NASA

I love this story about the Mars Science Laboratory.

NASA found a problem with the onboard computers and had to reprogram them.  It sounds like they had to update the firmware.  

I get a little nervous updating the firmware on my phone because I don't really trust it.  It makes me wonder how the NASA engineers felt as they uploading their patch to a once-off 2.5 billion dollar experiment hurtling through space!

Mars Science Laboratory