Due to cuts at IBM, the research lab was closed, and Tim set up Marine Computing International (MCI), providing software and systems, together with electronic interfacing devices for yachts. As well as catering to the local Solent market, they quickly built up a customer base amongst superyachts, providing a complete service in providing complex systems for navigation, meteorology, communications and entertainment systems. This often involved developing new software and hardware, such as some of the first sunlight readable waterproof displays. They were also pulled in to research projects for the marine sector by organisations such as QinetiQ and the European Space Agency (ESA).
MCI made the mistake of trying to do too much for their resources, and eventually had to close. Tim then decided to concentrate on software and hardware products, leaving systems integration and installation to others, and started Smartcom Software. This continued to offer products developed at MCI as well as new offerings, and carried out research and consultancy for ESA, the European Union and UK organisations, such as developing an early Satnav system for cars with real time capture and use of actual vehicle speeds – similar to what Waze has developed in to.
The use of crowd sourced data sparked off the idea of using it for improving mapping of depths and other data on nautical charts, and so some 10 years ago the original TeamSurv project began, helped by EU funding. To gain further funding, it was spun off as a separate company, which Tim still runs today.