BrightSparks

Cambridge, UK – 10th May 2018 – James Henderson, consultant at electronic design consultancy Plextek, has been named as a winner of Electronics Weekly’s “BrightSparks, Design Engineers of Tomorrow” Award. The electronics magazine’s award, in partnership with RS Components, honors an elite class of 30 engineers for their development initiatives and accomplishments within the science, technology, engineering and mathematics sectors.

With nominees chosen by a judging panel of industry experts and leaders, the BrightSparks award highlights the achievements of young engineers and students who are already making a difference in the first few years of their working lives and are showing the promise to becoming the people behind tomorrow’s innovation in their respective industries.

This award marks the culmination of years of hard work for James as he has led our technical development and capability in mm-wave micro-radar for a number of projects at Plextek, including our recent radar work into Foreign Object Detection.

Electronics Weekly’s BrightSparks 2018 is the second year the programme has been running with this year’s ceremony being held at the prestigious IET Savoy Place in London.

BrightSparks award winner, James Henderson, Consultant in Antennas & Propagation summarises:

I’m really pleased to have been selected as an EW Brightspark. I’ve been involved in many exciting and cutting edge projects at Plextek, mentored by some brilliant engineers, and it’s great to have been recognised as someone to follow in their footsteps doing something which I enjoy and I’m passionate about.”

James Henderson receiving his award, presented by Clive Couldwell, Group Editor of Electronics Weekly (left) and Lindsley Ruth, CEO of RS Components (right).

Picture courtesy of Electronics Weekly, for more information about the award please visit: https://www.electronicsweekly.com/brightsparks/

Notes to editors

Based near Cambridge, UK, Plextek designs new products, systems, and services for its clients in a diverse range of industries including defence & security, medical & healthcare, and wireless communications.

Central to its culture is the company’s ability to innovate, taking an idea from concept to market. For more than 25 years the team of consultants, engineers and project managers has turned our clients’ business opportunities into commercial success, designing, manufacturing and supplying leading-edge products. Supported by our network of suppliers, commercial partners and research organisations, Plextek is the trusted partner of choice for more than 300 commercial clients, government agencies, and ambitious start-up companies.

For images, information or interview requests, please contact: Adam Roberts via email: press@plextek.com or call: 01799 533200

Cambridge, UK – 24th October 2017 – Design and innovation company, Plextek is pleased to announce that they are joining TCCA, the global representative organisation for critical communications.

“We are delighted to be joining TCCA at this very exciting time. The need for a standards-based approach to developing next-generation solutions for mission-critical push-to-talk, data and video has never been clearer” said Nick Koiza, Head of Business Development, Security at Plextek. “Plextek fully supports the work of TCCA and we look forward to best serving the needs of our customers in this area.”

Plextek is actively engaged in the development of solutions for both Long-Term Evolution (LTE) and digital Professional Mobile Radio (PMR) communications. Demonstrating a proven track record across these areas and continued commitment to the deployment of solutions utilising both TETRA and mobile broadband technologies, Plextek is focused on a rapidly evolving global critical communications market.

“The success of TETRA critical communications is based on its open standard and collaborative community,” said Tony Gray, TCCA Chief Executive. “We are working to ensure that critical broadband delivers the same strengths and competitive advantages. We are very pleased to welcome Plextek as a TCCA member, and look forward to benefiting from their skills and insights.”

TCCA works to ensure the best possible mission- and business-critical services for end users. From ensuring the ongoing development of the TETRA standard to advancing the development of mission-critical broadband, TCCA and its 150+ members enhance, protect, promote and progress critical communications worldwide. TCCA is a 3GPP Market Representation Partner, a member of the Mission Critical Open Platform (MCOP) initiative, and delivers the Critical Communications Events series.

Notes to editors

Based near Cambridge, UK, Plextek designs new products, systems, and services for its clients in a diverse range of industries including defence & security, medical & healthcare, and wireless communications.

Central to its culture is the company’s ability to innovate, taking an idea from concept to market. For more than 25 years the team of consultants, engineers and project managers has turned our clients’ business opportunities into commercial success, designing, manufacturing and supplying leading-edge products. Supported by our network of suppliers, commercial partners and research organisations, Plextek is the trusted partner of choice for more than 300 commercial clients, government agencies, and ambitious start-up companies.

For more information call us on 01799 533200 or email: press@plextek.com

About TCCA

TCCA represents all standard mobile critical communications technologies and complementary applications. Our Members are drawn from end users, operators and industry across the globe. We believe in and promote the principle of open and competitive markets worldwide through the use of open standards and harmonised spectrum. For more information, please visit: www.tandcca.com

For more information, please call: 07766333277 or email: editor@tandcca.com

Plextek presents two technical papers to the world’s leading experts on Antennas and Propagation at the IEEE International Symposium in July.

Cambridge, UK – 21st June 2017 – Design and innovation consultancy, Plextek will be presenting two technical papers at this year’s IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and USNC-URSI Radio Science Meeting in San Diego.

Widely recognised as a premier international forum, the world’s leading experts in antennas and propagation from academia, industry, and government will be there to discuss ideas on cutting-edge research and topics.

The week-long event will host a plethora of technical, education and social activities covering different specialist areas on antennas, propagation, electromagnetic engineering, and radio science.

Dr. Marcus Walden, Technical Lead in Antennas and Propagation commented:

“The Antennas and Propagation Symposium is a great forum to meet and network with people at the forefront of their technology areas, to exchange ideas and learn about cutting-edge topics. Antennas and propagation are integral to all radar and communications systems and, therefore, participation at events like this benefits the Plextek engineering design process. The knowledge gained from previous events has fed directly into Plextek system designs, including those for radar, smart-meter reading, and vehicle-telemetry amongst others. I’m really pleased to be able to present and share ideas with other industry thought leaders at such a prestigious event.”

The event will be held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, California and takes place from Sunday 9th of July to Friday 14th of July.

Dr. Marcus Walden will be delivering a 20 min presentation titled, “Antenna G/T Degradation with Inefficient Receive Antennas at HF (2-30 MHz)” as part of the session on Electronically Small Antenna Characteristics on Wednesday 12th of July.

Marcus will also participate in a two-hour interactive forum, where he will present his paper “A Frequency-Scanning Substrate-Integrated-Waveguide Meanderline Antenna for Radar Applications at 60 GHz” in the session on 60 GHz Radars and Communications on Thursday 13th of July.

For more information about our work on Antennas and Propagation, please visit our Antennas & Propagation page.

Notes to editors

Based near Cambridge, UK, Plextek designs new products, systems, and services for its clients in a diverse range of industries including defence & security, medical & healthcare, and wireless communications.

Central to its culture is the company’s ability to innovate, taking an idea from concept to market. For more than 25 years, our team of consultants, engineers and project managers has turned our clients’ business opportunities into commercial success, designing, manufacturing and supplying leading-edge products. Supported by our network of suppliers, commercial partners and research organisations, Plextek is the trusted partner of choice for more than 300 commercial clients, government agencies, and ambitious start-up companies.

For images, information or interview requests, please contact: Adam Roberts via email: press@plextek.com or call: 01799 533200

• Device by Plextek proven to detect and alert consumers to the very early warning signs of tinnitus – a condition affecting 300 million people worldwide 

• First-ever consumer headphone integration takes tinnitus testing and prevention out of the clinical environment and makes it accessible to all

Cambridge, UK – 11th April 2017 – A new innovation developed by UK-based engineering and design consultancy Plextek could soon have a far-reaching impact on the early diagnosis and treatment of debilitating hearing conditions such as tinnitus, that currently affects over 300 million people worldwide.

Plextek’s new prototype has been designed for integration within standard everyday consumer headphones and has been proven to reliably detect the early signs of tinnitus – well before a person would become aware of the symptoms. By syncing with a smartphone app the technology could also be used to alert the wearer to a potential problem and encourage them to seek out early medical help or take preventative action.

According to the World Health Organisation, 50% of all hearing issues would be preventable with some form of primary intervention. However, existing technologies used to detect conditions like tinnitus are currently restricted to use within clinical and hospital environments and therefore are only used during intermittent health checks or when patients are already experiencing advanced symptoms.

The integration of Plextek’s solution into commonly used in-ear consumer headphones removes this clinical barrier and can play a game-changing preventative role in the treatment of tinnitus, while also particularly benefitting those within high-risk environments such as loud noise environments, the military or music venues.

Plextek’s solution works by accurately monitoring subtle changes to ‘Auditory Evoked Potentials’ (AEP) – a signal sent from the brain by an acoustical stimulus that measures an individual’s auditory ability level. Using a standard laptop and USB audio card, the tests proved it was possible to record ABR waveforms using in-ear headphones, with the experiments using everyday brands such as Sennheiser and Sony, to successfully demonstrate its mass audience appeal. A video demonstrating its use case can be found here.

Collette Johnson, Director of Medical & Healthcare at Plextek: “For those not within perceived high-risk environments such as the military, the danger of hearing damage is not always immediately obvious. However, our modern lifestyle has meant loud music and noise pollution is commonplace, resulting in a large amount of the population suffering from hearing problems. By placing easily accessible detection technology within consumer products, everyone can constantly self-monitor and act quickly on a condition like tinnitus, that often has life-changing effects on sufferers.”

Tinnitus, often called ‘ringing in the ears’, is the common health condition in which a person can for hear sounds that come from within their body, including buzzing, humming and whistling. While typically not a serious health condition, it can cause stress and insomnia for sufferers and is often difficult to fully cure. Currently, one in ten people suffers from persistent tinnitus within the UK, according to official NHS statistics.

Notes to editors

Based near Cambridge, UK, Plextek designs new products, systems, and services for its clients in a diverse range of industries including defence & security, medical & healthcare, and wireless communications.

Central to its culture is the company’s ability to innovate, taking an idea from concept to market. For more than 25 years the team of consultants, engineers and project managers has turned our clients’ business opportunities into commercial success, designing, manufacturing and supplying leading-edge products. Supported by our network of suppliers, commercial partners and research organisations, Plextek is the trusted partner of choice for more than 300 commercial clients, government agencies, and ambitious start-up companies.

For images, information or interview requests, please contact: Adam Roberts via email: press@plextek.com or call: 01799 533200

Cambridge, UK – 10th March 2017 – Design and innovation consultancy, Plextek have achieved the Cyber Essentials Plus Accreditation from independent certifying body, IASME.

The Cyber Essentials Plus Accreditation is an industry recognised and audited certification that highlights our capability in ensuring that essential cyber protection precautions are being undertaken.

As an integral part of the accreditation, Plextek met stringent standards that tested key aspects of its IT infrastructure. These standards measured: Secure Configuration, Firewall Competence, Internal and External Penetration Management and Operating System Patch and Risk Management.

John Barker, IT Manager commented: “Having been early adopters of the Cyber Essentials Certification, we were keen to implement the more thorough procedures required to achieve the Cyber Essentials Plus. This natural progression shows our ongoing commitment to ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of our own and our clients’ information.”

Notes to editors

Based near Cambridge, UK, Plextek designs new products, systems, and services for its clients in a diverse range of industries including defence & security, medical & healthcare, and wireless communications.

Central to its culture is the company’s ability to innovate, taking an idea from concept to market. For more than 25 years the team of consultants, engineers and project managers has turned our clients’ business opportunities into commercial success, designing, manufacturing and supplying leading-edge products. Supported by our network of suppliers, commercial partners and research organisations, Plextek is the trusted partner of choice for more than 300 commercial clients, government agencies, and ambitious start-up companies.

For more information call us on 01799 533200 or email: press@plextek.com