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

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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

Cambridge, UK – 23rd February 2017 –  Design and innovation consultancy, Plextek are to receive the “Employer of the Year Award 2017 for Engineering” from Cambridge Regional College. As part of the college’s apprenticeship scheme, the award recognises the company’s outstanding commitment to the college and the continued development of the apprentices taken on over the past year.

Elliot Langran, Product Design apprentice commented on his apprenticeship at Plextek:

“It’s engaging, exciting and a really nice place to be, everyone is really helpful and you learn a lot very quickly. No day or two projects are the same, they are all different and unique and that is what has really excited me while on my apprenticeship. Being able to come back to the classroom and apply what I have learnt at Plextek to do better in my studies is really rewarding. ”

Stephen Field, Senior Consultant, Product Design commented on what the apprenticeship scheme means to Plextek:

“We see employing apprentices as an opportunity to introduce youth and dynamism to support and develop our technical knowledge and varied project experience. As a former apprentice, I am an enthusiast in the apprenticeship system and the benefits it brings to employer and employee alike. We have apprentices in the areas of Product Design, Information Technology and Supply Chain Management. Our apprentices are a key part of our succession planning, to continue the success of all and any area within the company and something we aim to develop further in the future.”

Plextek has also been nominated for the “Overall Employer of the Year Award for 2017” with all winners being announced at the Cambridge Regional College Apprenticeship Awards Dinner on Thursday 9th of March.

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

Cambridge, UK – 1st February 2017 – Design and innovation consultancy, Plextek, in a competitive tender against a mix of large defence contractors and research organisations, has been appointed by the UK Government’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) to lead the £2m, four-year Adaptive Communications Transmission Interface (ACTI) research programme.

Under the ACTI programme, Plextek will lead a team of specialists and experts from academia, to investigate cross-layer processing as a way of enabling Mobile Ad-Hoc Network (MANET) radio systems to utilise directional antenna techniques. An important goal of the programme is to create disruptive technologies that will improve the quality, reliability, data rates and range of military communications systems.

A Dstl spokesperson: “The ACTI research is an important programme for the Ministry of Defence. Military ad-hoc communication systems are currently limited by the range of an individual radio link and self-interference as messages are repeated through the network.”

“The ACTI research programme will explore the theory that current systems can benefit from the use of directional antennas. Over the next four years, Plextek, along with its partners, will be developing innovative MANET protocol stack and antenna technology that aims to demonstrate the benefits envisaged.”

The techniques that have been applied to achieve ad-hoc (infrastructure-less) connections and dynamic routing have been studied for many years under the general banner of MANET. However, the MANET ‘multi-hop’ approach has so far not delivered the anticipated step change in wireless system performance. Through the use of novel directional antennas, the ACTI programme will address the complex underlying causes of this, including link range and interference within the network by message forwarding. Cross-layer processing techniques will be developed to tackle the difficulties in allocating radio resource at the MAC layer, the complexity of dynamic routing in a mobile scenario and the needs of the IP layers (which assume a level of link stability that may not always exist).

Peter Doig, Business Manager, Defence at Plextek: “With this research programme we’ll be doing some pioneering work on MANET architectures that include directional, steerable antennas which have the potential to tackle some of the underlying matters that have hampered multi-hop MANET networks, with a view to enabling the next generation of military ad-hoc radios to provide an operational advantage to our military forces.”

“In teaming with our academic partners, we have the complete range of expertise to deliver the programme, including Plextek’s proven pedigree in applied research and innovation. Based on our industry-leading expertise in electronics design, antennas and propagation, we will be exploring opportunities to exploit this research programme to deliver effective technologies that improve military communications systems in the future.”

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

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.

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