Is the Technology Industry Doing Enough for Humanity?

Nicholas Koiza - Head of Business Development, Security

By: Nick Koiza
Head of Security Business

10th July 2018

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This Thursday, I am co-chairing the Cambridge Wireless event: “Drones: The Good, the bad and the scary” as part of my work as a Security SIG champion.

This has prompted me to think about our evolving technology industry; as we are successfully maturing, are we giving enough back? Do we have a duty to use our technical expertise and knowledge and apply them for the betterment of humanity?

Commercial drone manufacturers DJI Technology conducted a survey in early 2017 looking at the number of lives saved by drones. The report states that at least 59 people have been rescued from life-threatening conditions around the Globe.

The clear conclusion is that drones are regularly saving lives around the world. This is occurring even though professional rescue crews are just beginning to adopt UAS technology, and in many cases are relying on bystanders or volunteers to provide lifesaving assistance.”

Since then however, it is estimated that at least 133 people have been rescued. The numbers are rising, as the number of drones being utilised increases. In June this year, it was recorded that, globally, public safety drones saved four lives in one day alone – great news. The latest UK case was the rescue of a missing man who had become stuck in deep marshland in Norfolk. The man was stranded for 22 hours before being found by a police surveillance drone.

Life-changing technologies are being used but not in the life-changing sectors of Charity and Humanitarian Aid.

For years now companies, like Matternet, have been looking at drone and other technologies and how it can impact positively in the charity sector. It shouldn’t take much for engineering companies to assess their technology and work out how it can be applied for less profitable, but very worthy causes.

At Plextek we have a range of bespoke technology solutions that could be reapplied with some thought:

Last mile response: in a crisis, either environmental or war, drones can provide autonomous humanitarian aid into areas where it might be too dangerous for aid workers to enter.

Surveillance: For early identification/warning systems in environmental disaster areas. Or to enter the location of a disaster to assess the situation and safety for humans.

Identification: Possible human identification in the case of human trafficking, or animal ID and tracking for monitoring the numbers of endangered species.

First Response: First response units like lifeboats, mountain rescue or fire service can all use technology to enhance their search and rescue capabilities. The RNLI have already used drones to find people lost at sea but is the technology achievable at scale as the take up is slow across the board.

We need to make the latest engineering developments accessible for a wider range of applications. But what is the motivation to invest company time and money in applying technology to the charity/not-for-profit sector?

I guess the larger the company, the more shareholders there are to answer to. Ideally, the technology industry could pull together and work on a better future. It’s not going to be politicians. It’s up to us.

If you’d like to chat further, come and see me at the event, or get in touch, email: nicholas.koiza@plextek.com or call: +44 (0) 1799 533 266

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This Thursday, I am co-chairing the Cambridge Wireless event: “Drones: The Good, the bad and the scary” as part of my work as a Security SIG champion.

This has prompted me to think about our evolving technology industry; as we are successfully maturing, are we giving enough back? Do we have a duty to use our technical expertise and knowledge and apply them for the betterment of humanity?

Commercial drone manufacturers DJI Technology conducted a survey in early 2017 looking at the number of lives saved by drones. The report states that at least 59 people have been rescued from life-threatening conditions around the Globe.

The clear conclusion is that drones are regularly saving lives around the world. This is occurring even though professional rescue crews are just beginning to adopt UAS technology, and in many cases are relying on bystanders or volunteers to provide lifesaving assistance.”

Since then however, it is estimated that at least 133 people have been rescued. The numbers are rising, as the number of drones being utilised increases. In June this year, it was recorded that, globally, public safety drones saved four lives in one day alone – great news. The latest UK case was the rescue of a missing man who had become stuck in deep marshland in Norfolk. The man was stranded for 22 hours before being found by a police surveillance drone.

Life-changing technologies are being used but not in the life-changing sectors of Charity and Humanitarian Aid.

For years now companies, like Matternet, have been looking at drone and other technologies and how it can impact positively in the charity sector. It shouldn’t take much for engineering companies to assess their technology and work out how it can be applied for less profitable, but very worthy causes.

At Plextek we have a range of bespoke technology solutions that could be reapplied with some thought:

Last mile response: in a crisis, either environmental or war, drones can provide autonomous humanitarian aid into areas where it might be too dangerous for aid workers to enter.

Surveillance: For early identification/warning systems in environmental disaster areas. Or to enter the location of a disaster to assess the situation and safety for humans.

Identification: Possible human identification in the case of human trafficking, or animal ID and tracking for monitoring the numbers of endangered species.

First Response: First response units like lifeboats, mountain rescue or fire service can all use technology to enhance their search and rescue capabilities. The RNLI have already used drones to find people lost at sea but is the technology achievable at scale as the take up is slow across the board.

We need to make the latest engineering developments accessible for a wider range of applications. But what is the motivation to invest company time and money in applying technology to the charity/not-for-profit sector?

I guess the larger the company, the more shareholders there are to answer to. Ideally, the technology industry could pull together and work on a better future. It’s not going to be politicians. It’s up to us.

If you’d like to chat further, come and see me at the event, or get in touch, email: nicholas.koiza@plextek.com or call: +44 (0) 1799 533 266

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Developing a Strategy for Maximising User Benefits with Critical Mobile Broadband Solutions

Nicholas Koiza - Head of Business Development, Security

By: Nick Koiza
Head of Security Business

28th June 2018

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I was pleased to speak at the recent Mission Critical Technologies event in London on ‘Developing a Strategy for Maximising User Benefits with Critical Mobile Broadband Solutions’. The key points from my presentation are outlined below:

Market Evolution

We’re entering a new era in critical communications with the market undergoing significant change. Mobile broadband is driving increased interest in data-centric approaches for fulfilling voice and data needs. The emergence of LTE-based solutions will facilitate high throughput applications.

There’s also scope to complement existing PMR solutions with LTE. Hybrid installations will benefit satisfied narrowband users desiring value-add from broadband data.

LTE also facilitates Push-to-Talk (PTT) voice replacement with equivalent data alternatives, i.e., for those users that want to totally replace their PMR systems or start from scratch with LTE.


New User Opportunities

There’s already a diversity of roles in the field within each user organisation, let alone across the many professional user markets currently enjoying PMR voice communications!

Exploiting mobile broadband will require a plethora of device options to be created, and users will need to be provisioned with dedicated applications that fully leverage high speed data services.

For the first time in the history of this market, transitioning to broadband promises high throughput applications. Users will benefit from increased safety, security and operational efficiency, as well as significant cost savings – all long-awaited!

In terms of developing a strategy for maximising user benefits, here are a few tips for you to consider:

Meet Operational Needs

In contrast to conventional voice solutions, data services place greater emphasis on understanding how end users will benefit from solutions that are right for meeting their operational needs.

Establishing mobile working practices across user groups requires a consultative approach that considers the wide spectrum of staff roles and associated use cases & operational processes, together with working environments (sometimes harsh), so that each user can benefit!

Tailor Devices & Applications to Meet User Needs

Only after establishing individual field workers roles will it be possible to design next generation products that meet key criteria such as device form factor, ruggedness, power management, wireless OS and application needs etc.

Creating your products on a custom basis provides greater flexibility and reassurance that user specific needs will be met – it’s all about giving your users the right tools for the job!

Innovate!

Exploit potential promised by mobile broadband for innovation, e.g., for in-vehicle environments, have you considered encapsulating the functionality of current multiple units within a single device to free up space?

You can also create innovative solutions exploiting hybrid technologies i.e. existing narrowband TETRA and deployable broadband LTE, so why not get the best of both worlds through an integrated approach?

Achieve Cost Effectiveness

There are ways to significantly reduce the cost of developing next generation products. You can also ensure that complete design and supply is achieved with greater cost-effectiveness than inflexible off-the-shelf-products!

Why not lower your BOM costs and accelerate time to market with readily available components such as standard LTE modules, particularly with 3GPP standardised releases?

You can manage the manufacturing supply chain to generate further savings without compromising manufacturing rigour.

Summary

Next generation devices and applications call for:

• A strong understanding of operational use cases
• Flexibility, so the needs of each individual field worker are met, regardless of working environment and operational functions
• Innovation, cost-effectiveness, component based solutions that adhere to 3GPP standards
• Giving your users the right tools for the job!


If you’ve got questions about critical communications, just give me a call. I’m always happy to chat and advise on your next steps. And hopefully, see you at the next Mission Critical Communications event!

Email: nicholas.koiza@plextek.com Tel: +44 (0) 1799 533 266

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I was pleased to speak at the recent Mission Critical Technologies event in London on ‘Developing a Strategy for Maximising User Benefits with Critical Mobile Broadband Solutions’. The key points from my presentation are outlined below:

Market Evolution

We’re entering a new era in critical communications with the market undergoing significant change. Mobile broadband is driving increased interest in data-centric approaches for fulfilling voice and data needs. The emergence of LTE-based solutions will facilitate high throughput applications.

There’s also scope to complement existing PMR solutions with LTE. Hybrid installations will benefit satisfied narrowband users desiring value-add from broadband data.

LTE also facilitates Push-to-Talk (PTT) voice replacement with equivalent data alternatives, i.e., for those users that want to totally replace their PMR systems or start from scratch with LTE.


New User Opportunities

There’s already a diversity of roles in the field within each user organisation, let alone across the many professional user markets currently enjoying PMR voice communications!

Exploiting mobile broadband will require a plethora of device options to be created, and users will need to be provisioned with dedicated applications that fully leverage high speed data services.

For the first time in the history of this market, transitioning to broadband promises high throughput applications. Users will benefit from increased safety, security and operational efficiency, as well as significant cost savings – all long-awaited!

In terms of developing a strategy for maximising user benefits, here are a few tips for you to consider:

Meet Operational Needs

In contrast to conventional voice solutions, data services place greater emphasis on understanding how end users will benefit from solutions that are right for meeting their operational needs.

Establishing mobile working practices across user groups requires a consultative approach that considers the wide spectrum of staff roles and associated use cases & operational processes, together with working environments (sometimes harsh), so that each user can benefit!

Tailor Devices & Applications to Meet User Needs

Only after establishing individual field workers roles will it be possible to design next generation products that meet key criteria such as device form factor, ruggedness, power management, wireless OS and application needs etc.

Creating your products on a custom basis provides greater flexibility and reassurance that user specific needs will be met – it’s all about giving your users the right tools for the job!

Innovate!

Exploit potential promised by mobile broadband for innovation, e.g., for in-vehicle environments, have you considered encapsulating the functionality of current multiple units within a single device to free up space?

You can also create innovative solutions exploiting hybrid technologies i.e. existing narrowband TETRA and deployable broadband LTE, so why not get the best of both worlds through an integrated approach?

Achieve Cost Effectiveness

There are ways to significantly reduce the cost of developing next generation products. You can also ensure that complete design and supply is achieved with greater cost-effectiveness than inflexible off-the-shelf-products!

Why not lower your BOM costs and accelerate time to market with readily available components such as standard LTE modules, particularly with 3GPP standardised releases?

You can manage the manufacturing supply chain to generate further savings without compromising manufacturing rigour.

Summary

Next generation devices and applications call for:

• A strong understanding of operational use cases
• Flexibility, so the needs of each individual field worker are met, regardless of working environment and operational functions
• Innovation, cost-effectiveness, component based solutions that adhere to 3GPP standards
• Giving your users the right tools for the job!


If you’ve got questions about critical communications, just give me a call. I’m always happy to chat and advise on your next steps. And hopefully, see you at the next Mission Critical Communications event!

Email: nicholas.koiza@plextek.com Tel: +44 (0) 1799 533 266

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Vlog: Plextek at Mission Critical Technologies 2018

Nicholas Koiza - Head of Business Development, Security

By: Nick Koiza
Head of Security Business

13th June 2018

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We’re at Mission Critical Technologies on the 13-14th June 2018. Speaking at the event, Nick Koiza discusses the themes of our stand and his presentation titled, “Developing a strategy for maximising user benefits with critical mobile broadband solutions”. You can catch Nick delivering his talk on the second day of the exhibition (June 14th at 14:30).

Transcript

Hi, I’m Nick Koiza and I’d like to tell you about our plan for Plextek to exhibit at Mission Critical Technologies at the Excel in London on the 13-14th June so hopefully we’ll see you there.

Our plan for the show will be the secure critical communications market, a sector that’s currently transitioning from traditional PMR to embrace the latest in LTE technology. We’ve been addressing this market from several perspectives. Firstly, we’ve been focusing on our customer’s needs in developing next generation LTE devices to enable the users to benefit from broadband data. Secondly, we’ve been designing and supplying safe city IOT solutions, an area where many of our customers from across the globe have benefited from Plextek’s heritage in smart sensors as well as in communications.

Finally, our growth has been accelerated recently as a result of the work we have been doing on disruptive technologies for unmanned systems and automation. For example, we’ve been developing and integrating sensors for UAV platforms for detection and surveillance purposes. We see this area as being hugely significant to the public safety community, particularly with broadband data enabling the emergency services and counter-terrorism officers to gain rapid access to intelligence to enhance their decision-making.

So, we’ll be showcasing all of these areas on our stand, at Plextek stand number 210 and I’ll be speaking on the second day of the conference so we look forward to seeing you there.

We’re at Mission Critical Technologies on the 13-14th June 2018. Speaking at the event, Nick Koiza discusses the themes of our stand and his presentation titled, “Developing a strategy for maximising user benefits with critical mobile broadband solutions”. You can catch Nick delivering his talk on the second day of the exhibition (June 14th at 14:30).

Transcript

Hi, I’m Nick Koiza and I’d like to tell you about our plan for Plextek to exhibit at Mission Critical Technologies at the Excel in London on the 13-14th June so hopefully we’ll see you there.

Our plan for the show will be the secure critical communications market, a sector that’s currently transitioning from traditional PMR to embrace the latest in LTE technology. We’ve been addressing this market from several perspectives. Firstly, we’ve been focusing on our customer’s needs in developing next generation LTE devices to enable the users to benefit from broadband data. Secondly, we’ve been designing and supplying safe city IOT solutions, an area where many of our customers from across the globe have benefited from Plextek’s heritage in smart sensors as well as in communications.

Finally, our growth has been accelerated recently as a result of the work we have been doing on disruptive technologies for unmanned systems and automation. For example, we’ve been developing and integrating sensors for UAV platforms for detection and surveillance purposes. We see this area as being hugely significant to the public safety community, particularly with broadband data enabling the emergency services and counter-terrorism officers to gain rapid access to intelligence to enhance their decision-making.

So, we’ll be showcasing all of these areas on our stand, at Plextek stand number 210 and I’ll be speaking on the second day of the conference so we look forward to seeing you there.

Cambridge, UK – 23rd November 2016 – Plextek are proud to announce the appointment of Nick Koiza as our new Head of Business Development for the Security market. Nick will be responsible for strategic development and management of this key area of Plextek’s business.

Nick has a long and successful track record across worldwide security & public safety sectors and has held senior management positions in public and private companies spanning IT, technology and communications. During recent years, he worked at Sepura Plc, Portalify Oy and Simoco Group, where he developed a strong reputation as a leading authority in secure critical communications.

“I am delighted to be joining Plextek at this very exciting time and look forward to building on the company’s incredible achievements in the Security sector. Plextek has enjoyed huge success across a wide range of technologies applicable to my market; in areas such as communications, radar, sensors and imaging & surveillance.  It’s my mission to ensure that customers across the globe enjoy the full benefits of Plextek’s multi-disciplinary approach to highly innovative product conception, design, manufacturing and supply.”

Nick’s role at Plextek will focus on government and commercial security markets. He will also forge alliances with organisations that desire to innovate from concept to commercial readiness, in order to gain significant advantage when taking products to market that meet the highest standards of robustness, reliability and ease of manufacture.

Cambridge Wireless, a leading technology community, has welcomed Nick into his new position by awarding him the title of “Special Interest Group (SIG) Champion” for Security. As a SIG champion, Nick will be providing thought leadership and chairing CW sessions that lead the discussion in identifying new areas of innovation for security technology.

Nicholas Hill, CEO, Plextek commented: “We are delighted to have secured Nick to lead our security business going forward.  His strong background in secure critical communications, both in the UK and overseas, will be immensely important as we grow our presence in this area. I look forward to working closely with Nick as we continue to develop our unique capabilities in bespoke solutions for the security sector.”

Notes to editors

Based near Cambridge, UK, electronic design and product innovation consultancy, Plextek specialises in solving complex engineering challenges for customers in a range of key markets including defence, security, medical and IoT.

In business for over 25 years, Plextek’s capabilities range from innovation and concept development to product and system design and equipment manufacture and supply. Other core areas of technology expertise include embedded solutions; sensor systems; RF systems; signal processing; and artificial intelligence and data analytics. By efficiently using a broad range of skills, Plextek delivers innovative solutions that meet the highest standards for robustness, reliability and ease of manufacture.

Trusted by organisations worldwide, Plextek’s team deliver maximum value and competitive advantage from its clients’ investments in technology.

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