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Northern Ireland is betting on a high-tech future — with cruise-ship tourism

A startup that specializes in facial-recognition technology and claims to be 99.9% accurate in identifying individuals, even in fast-moving group settings. A company that is developing lip-reading technology that can decipher speech in real-world, and even noisy, environments.

What sounds like a peek into a Silicon Valley accelerator is actually a glimpse at high-tech companies that have set up shop in Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, as it moves to adapt to a post-Brexit world and expand a private sector that remains underdeveloped after the long period of conflict known as “The Troubles.”

Business-development agency Invest Northern Ireland has been working with a range of parties to attract foreign direct investment to the smallest of the four countries that make up the United Kingdom, and to reduce an overreliance on public-sector jobs.

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