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  • Plextek welcomes new CEO

    Brent Hudson has taken over as CEO of Plextek Services Limited. Previously CEO of Telensa, the market-leading smart street lighting company, Hudson has 25 years’ experience at senior management and board level with companies such as Sagentia Group plc, QinetiQ, and Tality.

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  • Mountain or Molehill – the Disproportional Impact of Small Problems

    By David Eliston, Senior Consultant Product Design at Plextek. Sometimes the simple problems are the most frustrating. In a “normal” year I’d be a keen off-piste skier. This often involves a lot of hard and hot work, climbing or skinning up to access un-skied snow. Under these conditions, trying to regulate your body temperature means pulling on and off layers of clothing to suit how hard you are working, whether you’re in sun or shade, whether it’s windy etc. It’s often occurred to me as I’m starting to cool at the top of the climb, that given some bad weather and cold fingers, a jacket zipper that is reluctant to engage could be the difference between life and death. That’s maybe a little melodramatic, but it’s a very simple thing that could have significant consequences.

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  • High Times for Cannabis Vaping?

    By Nigel Whittle, Head of Medical and Healthcare at Plextek. The recent news that the NHS is planning a clinical trial of cannabis oil in the UK will come as a relief to many patients suffering from chronic pain, who regularly use marijuana to alleviate their symptoms. Although research is ongoing, there is good reason to believe that non-psychoactive cannabinoids, including THC and CBD, are effective across a broad range of health conditions. Ensuring proper dosing and effective delivery of a ‘clean’ product through technical innovation will be of critical importance to the growing industry.

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  • The Physiological Challenges of Spaceflight

    By Guest Blogger Rich Whittle, Bioastronautics & Human Performance Lab at Texas A&M University The recent landing of the probe Perseverance on Mars, and the excitement generated by the high-resolution images currently being broadcast back to Earth, has inevitably started people thinking about human exploration of the Red Planet. However, the challenges faced by a manned journey to Mars are much more than just technical, but reflect some fundamental aspects of human physiology. In this guest article, Rich Whittle of the Bioastronautics and Human Performance Lab at Texas A&M University, reflects on some of the key issues.

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  • Gesture control of laboratory instrumentation

    Stephen Guy, chief technical officer at the Plextek and Design Momentum Life Science Partnership, explores how to communicate with collaborative robots in a lab environment. The recent rush to develop effective tests for COVID-19 and the successful roll-out of the vaccination programme has put unprecedented pressure on laboratory staff all over the world. This has highlighted the need for increased laboratory automation, but these environments differ markedly from factory floors, meaning that robots often need to work in confined spaces and integrate more closely with humans.

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  • A New Look for Plextek

    Cambridge technology consultancy, Plextek, has today launched a new-look brand and accompanying new website to better reflect its vibrant and growing business.

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  • ATLAS Telecom and Plextek Prepare Next-Generation UAE Coastal Protection Solution

    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.

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  • Nigel Whittle, Head of Medical and Healthcare at Plextek nominated and elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biologists

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

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  • Back on Track

    By Nicholas Hill, CEO at Plextek Ltd Anyone who has been following my previous blogs will know that my favourite time for thinking and writing is a long train journey. This is partly due to the absence of interruption, both electronic and human, but just as much due to the rather hypnotic experience of just gazing out of the window, watching the scenery unfold.

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  • Can Radar Be Used for Medical Imaging & Monitoring?

    By Nigel Whittle, Head of Medical and Healthcare at Plextek Ltd. Medical imaging is one of the most important technologies available to doctors and other medical workers, providing critical information for diagnosis and treatment. There is however no single technology for imaging of internal structures that is universally applicable to all tissues, has high resolution, is inexpensive, doesn’t use ionizing radiation, and creates images in real-time. An ideal system would also be portable and low-cost, with the potential for use in ambulances and other out-of-hospital environments. In recent years a substantial body of experimental work has been performed to apply microwave and radar technologies to the field of medical imaging and biosensing.

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  • Plextek wins DASA contract to prevent offshore windfarms interfering with military communications

    Plextek-DTS has been named as one of the competition winners under the recent Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) competition: “Windfarm Mitigation for UK Air Defence” https://www.gov.uk/government/news/offshore-windfarm-development-boosted-by-2-million-research. The initiative is being supported by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Royal Air Force (RAF) and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl).

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  • A golden opportunity to stop selling off the family silver

    By: Alan Cucknell, Head of Ignite Exponential - Plextek's innovation unit. Imagine how different our lives would be today if Michael Faraday had not built the first electrical generator – or if James Watt had not developed the steam engine.

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  • How to prosper through persistent disruption

    By Alan Cucknell, Head of Ignite Exponential - Plextek's innovation unit 2020 has brought with it incredible levels of business disruption: COVID-19, Brexit, technology advances, climate change, and more. Companies that were performing well have overnight seen share prices tumble and customers leave.

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  • Transportation IOT: Keeping our roads safe

    By: Nick Koiza, Head of Security Business at Plextek Ltd As we all start moving around our transport systems again, I am reminded almost daily by the risks and safety concerns linked to our congested road systems. I have a vision that the public should be able to travel easily without worrying about safety on the roads. Aside from education, vehicle servicing, and standard infrastructure maintenance, I believe IoT technologies will significantly enhance the safety of our public whilst they use our road networks. The transportation industry is a huge investor in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), spending approximately $78 billion from 2016-2018. Safety is a part of ‘Transportation IOT’ that is vital for overall success. In this blog, I list what I consider to be the top 5 areas of transport safety that can be enhanced by IoT technologies:

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  • 4 big innovation questions

    By Alan Cucknell, Head of Ignite Exponential and Martin Miller, Exponential Design Leader at Ignite Exponential - Plextek's innovation unit. This article was been adapted from the question and answer discussion that followed our July 1st 2020 webinar “Innovating in Scarcity and Uncertainty” hosted by Cambridge Wireless.

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  • Can Trump rapidly deploy his ‘miracle cure’?

    By: Nigel Whittle, Head of Medical and Healthcare a Plextek Ltd Last Friday Donald Trump was treated with an antibody cocktail made by the biotech company Regeneron. His recovery has prompted him to call for the drug to be made available to all US citizens through an Emergency Use Authorization. However, the safety and effectiveness of the drug have not yet been proven, and there is no way for the President or his doctors to know that the drug had any effect as most people recover from COVID-19. As the Metro states today: “Trump is just one of 10 people receiving the drug, which is still in the experimental phase and is intended to boost antibodies to fight the infection”. Is it logistically possible to fulfil Trump’s statement and take a drug from small scale testing to Nationwide rollout? In this blog, we unravel a bit of the situation.

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  • How the COVID economic collapse will save the planet

    By: Laurence Weir, Technology Lead at Plextek Ltd. On Monday 20th April something happened for the first time in history. Oil companies had started having to pay people to take their oil, as the price dropped below $0 a barrel. Given the complicated business of storing oil, this was not a money-making scheme that was available to many of us.

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  • The mm-Wave Antenna Approach

    By: James Henderson, Senior Consultant at Plextek Ltd Over the past eight years of my career, I’ve been fortunate enough to work on several different cutting-edge projects here at Plextek including a number of mm-wave designs. These have included both research programmes and product development, covering radar sensors, communication systems, and medical applications. This has given me a great depth of experience into different approaches to meet our customer’s specific requirements. Over this time, I have found that one of the most challenging aspects of working in this frequency range is the integration of mm-wave front-end electronics with an optimised antenna solution, to provide an efficient, and controlled radiation pattern.

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  • Is 5G the Answer to Connectivity for Industrial IoT?

    By: Shahzad Nadeem, Head of Smart Cities at Plextek As the first cellular network technology designed to support industrial use cases, 5G is billed to become the basis for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and enabler for Industry 4.0 technologies, such as VR, AR and AI. Certainly, the promises of super-fast data 5G rates, ultra-low latency and vastly increased network capacity are essential for the high-quality connectivity demands of the industrial sector. But will 5G live up to expectations? What are the challenges and opportunities? And when can we expect to see widespread adoption of the technology?

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  • Do you know your (innovation) mountain lion?

    By: Alan Cucknell, Head of Ignite Exponential - Plextek's innovation unit. I spent about a year living in the Bay Area of California, a short drive from a few wonderful national parks. It was a particular highlight of this time to run at two of them regularly – Purisima and Montara. They both contained a common danger that I was very unused to as a Brit – mountain lions!

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  • Are Friends Electric? Our Future Lives with Robots

    By: Nigel Whittle, Head of Medical and Healthcare at Plextek Ltd. The Czech writer Karel Čapek set his play ‘Rossum’s Universal Robots’ in the year 2000, and in his timeline, robots became cheap and widely available, allowing products to be made at one fifth the previous cost[1]. In our universe, robots have become, if not commonplace, at least an accepted feature of the working environment. From the first examples of automated production lines (perhaps most famously in the Nissan car factory) through to robots designed for delicate surgery, we are becoming accustomed to robots having an increasingly prominent role.

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  • On uncertainty, being wrong and taking the next right step

    By: Alan Cucknell, Head of Ignite Exponential - Plextek's innovation unit. Watching the daily news briefings from both sides of the Atlantic it is interesting to observe how often leaders can be trapped by trying to have all the answers. Perhaps it’s not their fault but something in our society’s expectations that leaders will “show us what the ending will be“; “tell us all the steps we need to follow” or "give us a guarantee". As a result, leaders can fear the implications of a “U-turn”.

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  • Supporting the next generation of engineers through COVID 

    Nick Hill, CEO at Plextek, reflects on a tough time for school and university students and explains why he was determined to keep his commitment to engineering internships  

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  • How Virtual Reality (VR) could shape the post-virus recovery

    Dr Nigel Whittle, head of medical and healthcare at design and engineering consultancy Plextek, looks at the devastating effects of lockdown on mental health and considers the varying uses of VR technology in combatting the rise in anxiety, depression and feelings of hopelessness.

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  • Plextek wins DASA contracts to fast track autonomous vehicles in challenging environments

    Plextek DTS has been awarded two contracts under the latest Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) challenge to boost how autonomous vehicles and systems operate in challenging environments.

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  • Innovation in Scarcity: New Tool from Plextek’s Innovation Unit

    Supply chains are disrupted and finance is as uncertain as it has ever been. So, if you’re trying to innovate in the face of scarcity, what can you do? Ignite Exponential, Plextek’s Innovation Unit has developed a new version of the innovation tool, the 4 As, which is free to download at the bottom of this article, to help in these unprecedented times.

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  • Plextek and Design Momentum Enter into a Strategic Partnership

    Plextek Services Ltd and Design Momentum Ltd are pleased to announce they have entered into a strategic partnership to develop scientific instruments and laboratory equipment for life sciences. The partnership brings together Plextek’s expertise in electronic engineering design & development at its ISO13485-certified premises with Design Momentum’s 25 years of experience in innovative technology design in the sector.

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  • Plextek and Design Momentum Enter into a Strategic Partnership

    Plextek Services Ltd and Design Momentum Ltd are pleased to announce they have entered into a strategic partnership to develop scientific instruments and laboratory equipment for life sciences. The partnership brings together Plextek’s expertise in electronic engineering design & development at its ISO13485-certified premises with Design Momentum’s 25 years of experience in innovative technology design in the sector.

    added by Plextek 2 min Read
  • Plextek Group Sells Plextek RFI to CML

    Cambridge-based Plextek Group has sold one of its spin-outs, the boutique microwave chip design business Plextek RFI Ltd., to Langford, Essex based CML Microsystems Ltd. for an undisclosed sum, thus following the well-trodden Cambridge tech house model.

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  • The Coronavirus Epidemic – How Worried Should We Be?

    The current epidemic results from infection by a coronavirus, one of a family of viruses that infect the nose, sinuses, or upper throat. Infection causes illnesses that range from the common cold to pneumonia and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). The virus is named after its characteristic shape, which under an electron microscope looks like a royal crown with bulbous protrusions around it.

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  • Plextek Joins ARM Mbed Partnership to Support IoT Innovation

    Innovation and design consultancy Plextek has joined the Arm® Pelion™ and Mbed™ Partner Ecosystem, a growing group of leading embedded and cloud companies, component manufacturers, system integrators and OEMs committed to driving innovation in IoT.

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  • Plextek Wins Defence and Security Accelerator Contracts to Defend Against Hostile Drones

    Plextek-DTS (Defence Technology Solutions) has been awarded two contracts under the £2 million Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) competition to develop new capabilities to detect, disrupt, and defeat the hostile and malicious use of drones.

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  • Plextek and CNIguard develop new IoT system to prevent manhole cover explosions and fires on city streets

    Cambridge, UK – 16th September 2019 – UK engineering and design consultancy, Plextek has been working with US-based CNIguard to develop a new IoT-based system to prevent manhole explosions, primarily caused by bad weather and flooding interacting with aging underground power infrastructures. For example, a mixture of melting snow and road salt can wash into manholes, leading to the electricity cables arcing.

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  • Plextek launches new defence business unit – Plextek DTS

    Cambridge, UK – 11th September 2019 – UK-based engineering and design consultancy, Plextek, is launching a new defence business unit called Plextek DTS (Defence Technology Solutions), to help government agencies, defence suppliers and military stakeholders find new exploitation paths to support UK forces.

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  • Plextek launches new innovation business unit – Ignite Exponential

    Cambridge, UK – 7th May 2019 – UK-based engineering and design consultancy, Plextek is launching a new innovation business unit called Ignite Exponential, to help established companies compete with agile and fast moving start-ups that are driving new disruptive technologies.

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  • Plextek’s micro radar system to enable autonomous resupply of emergency equipment on the front line by UAS

    Cambridge, UK – 14th September 2017 – Innovation consultancy, Plextek have announced their development of a game changing technology that will have a significant impact on the way that emergency equipment and supplies are transported to the battlefield.

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