ATLAS Telecom and Plextek today announced a strategic partnership on the next generation E-Passport programme to deliver a highly innovative marine tracker solution serving the evolving needs of the Critical Infrastructure and Coastal Protection Authority (CICPA). ATLAS Telecom has recently awarded Plextek an initial £4.4M contract for the programme’s first phase.

CICPA’s vital role in ensuring effective UAE coastal protection requires efficient use of cutting-edge technologies. E-Passport advances the surveillance and reconnaissance operations for increased coastal security and safety, aided by autonomous notification of impending threats and behaviour pattern anomalies.

The ATLAS-Plextek partnership includes the design and high-volume manufacture of a critical element of the end-to-end E-Passport solution; consisting of an advanced military grade hybrid TETRA-LTE GPS smart tracker device that provides life-saving features for rescue teams during emergencies.

The intelligence-driven marine unit has been designed to ensure highly resilient and secure communications with seamless operation, whilst also facilitating a high level of tamper resistance, power efficiency, and a robust marine enclosure, enabling full environmental protection under extreme conditions.

Samer Jammoul, Managing Director at ATLAS Telecom stated: “We have chosen Plextek as a strategic partner for their strong track record in delivering highly resilient communications, and IoT technology solutions for mission critical applications, as well as for their commitment to ATLAS Telecom in UAE and the entire region. This partnership is essential as we embark upon subsequent programme phases, as part of our long-standing commitment and support to CICPA on E-Passport Programme”.

Nick Koiza, Head of Security Business at Plextek stated: “We are thrilled to be partnering with ATLAS Telecom on this exciting transformational technology programme, which represents a first in the field of smart vessel tracking, and supersedes the previous technology of the E-Passport solution. We feel privileged to be working on this crucial development with ATLAS Telecom; having successfully supported CICPA for the last 15 years”.

11th Febuary 2021: Nick Koiza Features in Radio Resource International, Where He Assesses the Suitability of 5g for Mission Critical Communications.

“As the critical communications industry gradually transitions, we are expecting to see it complement or replace highly reliable and secure TETRA and other radio networks with LTE technologies.

Nationwide LTE systems for public safety are proceeding with the rollout of the Emergency Services Network (ESN) in the UK, FirstNet in the U.S. and SafeNet in South Korea. In addition, regional and local 4G networks have been successfully installed for public safety in territories such as the Middle East.”

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Plextek are delighted to congratulate Nigel Whittle on his nomination and election as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biologists.

This prestigious award recognizes his contribution to life sciences throughout his career, both as a scientist and business development professional. Nigel was instrumental in the discovery of human oncogenes whilst working with CRUK, and subsequently went on to help develop monoclonal antibodies as an effective medical therapy with Celltech, the UK’s first biotechnology company, and then later supervised the development of anti-viral vaccines at Cantab Pharmaceuticals. As a business development professional, he helped establish spin-out companies from Kings College London and was recruited as a technology consultant to the UK government, supporting life science collaborations across the world. The award also recognizes Nigel’s promotion of the global life science industry, through numerous speaking engagements and mentoring roles with early-stage companies.

The Royal Society of Biology is a unified voice for the UK’s life science industry, advising Government and influencing policy, and advancing education and professional development. Nigel’s membership will provide a platform for further engagement with the life science community across the UK and an opportunity to further build the company’s credibility in the sector.

Nigel commented: ‘The vision of the Society is of a world that understands the true value of biology and how it can contribute to improving life for all. Never has this ambition been more important than in the current pandemic’.

20th August 2020: Laurence Weir, technology implementation lead at design and engineering consultancy Plextek, reacts to the recent media storm over hands-free cars ‘coming soon’. Read more in the Autonomous Vehicle International news article linked below.

The UK government has pledged to start the legal process of getting hands-free cars on motorways early next year. This is a development which follows similar announcements in many other countries. So, what are hands-free cars, and why is their implementation so important?

A stepping stone: hands-free doesn’t mean driverless First things first – hands-free cars are not driverless cars. While the car is in hands-free mode, the driver must stay in the driver’s seat, alert to the road, having to take over manual control at any time the onboard computer deems necessary.

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20 November 2020: Dr. Nigel Whittle, Head of Medical & Healthcare & Stephen Guy, Principal Consultant for Design Momentum Ltd feature in Pharmafield news article on distribution and scaling up a Covid-19 vaccine.

“The development and distribution of a safe and effective vaccine is widely seen as the best resolution to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the most likely route back to normal life and economic conditions. There are estimated to be 300 vaccine candidates in development and dozens of clinical trials currently taking place, with some early front runners talking about vaccines becoming available in the next few months.

The UK government has already ordered 340 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from several different manufacturers, with the hope that at least one will prove effective. If all of them prove successful, this would be enough to provide a single dose of vaccine to more than five times the UK population – however, this scenario is unlikely.”

Read the full article here: Distribution and scaling up a Covid-19 vaccine

About Plextek

Plextek is an innovative electronic engineering consultancy with huge expertise in sensing, data collection and communications services. The company has extensive experience of developing highly complex and innovative products for a range of sectors, including medical & healthcare. In a world of rapid change, the company prides itself on its ability to solve the hardest engineering problems to deliver effective solutions to meet our clients’ needs.