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13 Sep 22. Smarter Technologies poised to help MOD deliver logistic excellence with their strategic enabler ‘The Orion IoT Data Network.’
Following successful MOD trials, Smarter Technologies are ready to expand further into the Defence sector. Their unique Orion IoT Data Network is a powerful strategic enabler. It is well-suited to Defence Support’s ambition for logistic excellence, and is operationally proven as a stepping stone to Business Modernisation for Support (BMfS) and other key initiatives. This announcement coincides with the MOD’s DVD 22 event at Millbrook on 21/22 September.
Smarter Technologies are a British provider of fully integrated Internet-of-Things (IoT) solutions. They bring market-leading expertise in hardware, software, communications and data to transform their clients’ organisations. They are the only vertically integrated UK provider designing, manufacturing and supporting end-to-end IoT systems to enhance logistic capability, drive logistic efficiency and deliver logistic excellence. Beyond Defence, Smarter Technologies have implemented innovative IoT solutions in commercial and other government sectors for decades, with systems deployed in 32 countries.
The proprietary Orion IoT Data Network presents a simple, fast, scalable, easily configured and affordable route to asset-tracking, smart building implementation and many other IoT applications. Its unique low power ultra-narrow band 433 MHz UHF radio system complements other existing network technologies, such as GSM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, LoRaWAN, Sigfox and ZigBee HAN. However, Orion is a significant advance upon them for complex asset tracking and Building Energy Monitoring applications, as it is immune to Wi-Fi dead-spots, Bluetooth range limitations, LoRaWAN channel congestion and GSM data charges. Its low frequency gives it significantly better range and penetration through buildings, or into underground spaces, than its competitors. It is uniquely frugal, enabling battery-powered sensors to operate for years on a single power pack. Its efficient duty cycle and 2-way radio protocol avoids channel congestion and packet loss, leading to more reliable transmission of near real-time data that is less susceptible to jamming, interception or interference. Finally, being wireless, Orion is substantially quicker, more convenient and less costly to install, configure and reconfigure than hard-wired systems, and remote updates make it the future-proof choice.
Smarter Technologies have completed several successful asset-tracking concept demonstrations, trials and system implementations for the UK Defence sector, at RAF stations, RN bases, Army installations and on operations. The data insight Orion provides has resulted in significant improvements to operational efficiency and risk assurance, the transparency of third-party contract performance and the collaborative focus of customer/supplier relations, consistent with the aims of Support Transformation. Smarter Technologies’ systems are ISO 27001 compliant, CyberSecure and Government-approved for full integration with MODNET. They have been cleared for RADHAZ, HIRTA and WOME for use in close proximity to people, fuel, munitions and other sensitive equipment.
Mark Read, Chief Executive at Smarter Technologies, said, “Smarter Technologies have been leading the way in solving complex, high-value and global asset-tracking challenges with Orion for years, and our solutions are tried and tested. As the MOD faces ever-growing demands for operational effectiveness and efficiency, we are ready to help, with a British manufactured off-the-shelf solution that closely aligns to BMfS.”
09 Sep 22. Le TacCis/Morpheus update. Sources close to BATTLESPAE suggest that the whole Morpheus Programme will be rebaselined following the cancelation of the GDUK EVO Programme. The MoD is now believed to want a Delivery Partner, not a Systems Integrator. An RFI is expected now in the May/June 2023 timeframe.
13 Sep 22. AeroVironment signs deal with Persistent Systems to join Wave Relay® Ecosystem. Persistent Systems, LLC (“Persistent”), a leader in mobile ad hoc networking (MANET), announced today that AeroVironment’s unmanned ground vehicles (UGV) business has joined Persistent’s Wave Relay® Ecosystem.
The Ecosystem is a growing industry alliance of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), UGVs, and sensor companies all utilizing Persistent’s Wave Relay® MANET as their preferred network for command-and-control and communications functions.
“We are very excited to have AeroVironment’s UGVs join the Ecosystem,” said Nick Naioti, Senior VP for Business Development for Persistent Systems. “In building the networked battlefield, we are providing the warfighter with increased situational awareness while also reducing size, weight, and power.”
At the core of the Ecosystem, the Wave Relay® MANET enables tactical teams to receive critical information from unmanned systems and their sensors which facilitates improved decision making, increasing both soldier safety and effectiveness.
According to the agreement between the two companies, the following UGVs will incorporate Persistent’s MANET hardware:
- telemax™ EVO PRO;
- telemax™ EVO HYBRID;
- telemax™ EVO PLUS;
- tEODor™ EVO; and
- EVO Upgrade Kit.
These ruggedized, all-terrain UGVs perform a variety of dangerous missions, including explosive ordnance disposal (EOD), hazardous materials handling (HAZMAT) and chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) threat assessment.
“Persistent has established itself in the market as a network provider that delivers extended range, high throughput and robustness against radio interference, all of which are critically important to our customers’ life-saving missions,” said Brian Young, AeroVironment vice president and product line general manager for UGVs.
In addition, Wave Relay® MANET gives companies the opportunity to move beyond simple point-to-point solutions and build whole constellations of connected air and ground assets, Naioti said.
(Source: PR Newswire)
05 Sep 22. Kromek to attend and exhibit at the FOI 14th CBRNe Protection Symposium and the Exhibition of CBRNe protection equipment at Malmö Mässan, Malmo 20 – 22 Sep 2022.
Kromek, the internationally renowned detection technology provider will be actively involved in the famous FOI CBRNe Protection Symposium and Exhibition in September. With an exhibition stand and three posters, Kromek will be showcasing its world leading technologies to the international audience at this important event.
Kromek specialises in the development and provision of devices that detect and identify Radioactive, Nuclear and Biological Threats. A number of Kromek’s radiological detection systems that are in service around the world will be on show alongside Kromek’s biological threat detection system and sequencing platform, winner of the 2022 NATO Allied Command Transformation Innovation Challenge awards and is being designed to detect both natural and synthetic pathological agents.
Of particular interest in the radiation detection arena will be the D3S, a very small, lightweight, wearable, and easy to use detector, as well as the D5 RIID, a handheld isotope detector and identifier. Both can be used as portable, vehicle-mounted, or remote system units, delivering hard, networkable, operational data to ops rooms, mobile systems, or smart phones. These detectors are especially quick at identifying threats and are extremely specific in identifying the nature and source of the threat.
Kromek’s pathogen detection early warning system and sequencing platform is being designed to be both autonomous and operational from the field. In one, printer-sized, self-contained unit, known and unknown biothreats can be detected, sampled, sequenced, and analysed. From this, a continuous stream of useable data about the threat type, strain and any mutations will be provided in near-real time to command centres to enable decisions to be made remotely. In principle, these units can be networked, enabling the continuous monitoring of biothreats over large areas, such as cities, national entry/exit points, or entire regions.
The three posters entitled ‘Kromek Static Node: Unattended Spectroscopic Radiation Monitoring via Satellite Communication’, ‘A novel fully automated and autonomous platform to detect specific airborne pathogens’ and ‘Agnostic airborne pathogen detection and identification via fully automated Long Read Sequencing’, all of which will be on show during the event in the conference app, on the symposium website and printed in the Poster area.
Speaking ahead of the event Craig Duff CBRN Business Manager from Kromek said “We would like to thank FOI for the invitation to the 14th CBRNe Protection Symposium, one of the most important events in the CBRN calendar. We look forward to demonstrating our industry leading products and skills to the international world class audience they have assembled.”
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Spectra Group (UK) Ltd, internationally renowned award-winning information security and communications specialist with a proven record of accomplishment.
Spectra is a dynamic, agile and security-accredited organisation that offers secure Hosted and Managed Solutions and Cyber Advisory Services with a track record of delivering on time, to spec and on budget.
With over 15 years of experience in delivering solutions for governments around the globe, elite militaries and private enterprises of all sizes, Spectra’s platinum and gold-level partnerships with third-party vendors ensure the supply of best value leading-edge technology.
Spectra was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise (Innovation) in 2019 for SlingShot.
In November 2017, Spectra Group (UK) Ltd announced its listing as a Top 100 Government SME Supplier by the UK Crown Commercial Services.
Spectra’s CEO, Simon Davies, was awarded 2017 Businessman of the Year by Battlespace magazine.
Founded in 2002, the Company is based in Hereford, UK and holds ISO 9001:2015, ISO 27001:2013 and Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation.