We were approached by a software company who were developing a new iteration of their most popular product. We were tasked with not only performing penetration tests on the new software, but also assessing how secure their environment was, as they had concerns that the successful launch of the new product could be compromised if pirated copies were made available on the internet
The UK equine market is an incredibly dynamic and developing industry. The British Horse Society estimate that 6% of the UK population have ridden a horse in the last year with the equestrian industry thought to be worth around £3.3 billion annually. Sovereign Horseboxes are a top tier UK manufacturer of bespoke luxury horseboxes, bringing together cutting-edge innovation, increased functionality and a genuine passion for the Equestrian industry. Each horsebox is meticulously handcrafted to meet each of the customer’s requirements, and their friendly and professional customer service is a hallmark of their service.
Sending large packets of data to the ground from an aircraft or even a satellite is not at all straightforward. The spectrum of radio frequencies is over-subscribed and there is just no room for the extra radio traffic. That is a potential stumbling block for the many new businesses being set up to exploit advances around satellite- derived data technology and unmanned aircraft surveying or similar applications. Laser technology, proven in cD and DVD players, offers a solution. It lends itself to higher speed data transfers than radio waves and is not subject to radio frequency (rF) spectrum licensing. Yet keeping a laser beam fixed on a drone flying at 10 metres per second and being buffeted by air currents poses difficulties. A team of engineers based at Airbus Group Innovations in Newport, South Wales, has been trying to overcome the problem, working with Oxford University on project Hyperion, funded by Innovate UK. Installing a laser on the aircraft is impractical because of size and weight constraints. However, the team proved they could establish a data connection using a programmable reflective lens to steer the laser beam on to a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) and then ‘bouncing’ it back to the ground. Project leader Yoann Thueux explained: “A modulated retro-reflector on the UAV encodes the data before the beam is then reflected back, transformed into an electrical signal. We use infrared light, which is invisible, safe, and travels further than visible light.” The really clever innovation was using a solid-state technology to steer the beam so accurately that it could maintain the data link connection. Yoann added: “The laser beam pointing has to be very accurate in tracking a device measuring no more than 50mm square on a moving uaV more than a kilometre away. We have tested this to 1.2 kilometres. With more laser power, we could go to longer distances. “We have had very good results. this laser technology is limited by weather conditions and we’re not suggesting it will completely replace low data-rate rF communications for control and safety. However, this technology will allow you to download a massive amount of data when you have good visibility.” This case study was originally published in Innovate UK: Aerospace SME case studies, 2015 and is reproduced here under the Open Government Licence v 3.
Mandarin Consulting delivers expert coaching support to provide graduate job and internship opportunities in London, the UK and beyond. They offer career coaching, cross-cultural training, recruitment and business consulting to enable ambitious Chinese students and graduates to launch and progress their international careers.
A very large, global business engaged us with a view to creating a new Information Security Strategy after suffering from a number of security breaches which incurred significant losses – one of which was valued at over £20m. After reviewing their current Strategy and Policies, we discovered four key areas that needed improvement; Their current strategy was too focused on technology, with little attention given to the human factors in Information Protection.The result was a strategy that dictated technical solutions (“You must use this specific type of Firewall”) but neglected to consider the wider implications of security. Information Security decisions were based entirely upon what the IT Department thought it should be doing, with no input from the business. There was no clearly identifiable single point of contact for the business to engage with for Information Security concerns. The current practices of the IT Department were directly contributing to the loss of information, with issues such as cloning current or former user accounts for new starters, failing to revoke access for users who had moved on, and neglecting to fully wipe desktops, laptops and external hard drives prior to re-use or disposal.
Tech-Wales provide high quality IT support services across the UK. From our base in South Wales we can provide day to day IT support services, cloud migration services and application integration services. In this testimonial you will hear how we support graphene technology company Haydale with their IT requirements.
Our latest case study aboard the luxury ‘My Mosaique’ yacht, analyses the performance of the XCommNet internet bonding service in an environment where many internet providers find it difficult to perform and achieve their optimum output. This case study highlights not only the performance of XCommNet throughout this project, but also its adaptability and flexibility to perform in challenging circumstances. The My Mosaique yacht required fast and secure internet to ensure smooth operation during business meetings and discussions at a leading international corporate event and the below report provides a detailed overview into how XCommNet achieved this.
Seeking funding and preparing for investor conversations can be a daunting process for start-ups. Some start-ups struggle to understand financial terminology, while others overestimate potential sales and create unrealistic cash flow and revenue forecasts. Pitching for funding without an understanding of the numbers undermines investor confidence, and reduces the attractiveness of the proposition.
Optical sensing technology has the potential to bring really big innovations in aerospace closer to reality – such as the next generation of composite wings and all-electric aircraft. Electrical sensors have been standard on aircraft for decades but are prone to electrical interference, so they need to be shielded from other wiring – and this adds weight. Optical sensors and their fibre-optic cabling solve the problem as they are immune to these effects and can also can handle multiple measurements more efficiently “They’re not even affected by a lightning strike,” said Tim Hall, senior project engineer at Oxsensis, a £1.3 million turnover company employing 22 people on the Harwell science and innovation Campus in Oxfordshire. But when it comes to hostile environments, there is none much harsher than on aircraft landing gear. Temperatures vary from -55°c to 85°c, dirt and debris are thrown up by tyres and the shock and vibration of a landing is actually much greater than anything felt by the passengers. “It’s a tough place for a sensor,” said Tim. so that is where his company’s optical sensor technology will be tested, in an innovate UK-funded project involving airbus and another sensor sMe, smart fibers, of Bracknell. “We’re quite a small company and it was a big privilege for us to work with a giant like airbus. Landing gear is a new area for us. to get their input on our technology development was really good.” The other outcome was more surprising: a competitor becoming a collaborative partner. Tim explained: “We’re both optical sensing companies but working together, as we did, we could actually see that our technology was complementary. Rather than displace each other, we could each produce something that was more likely to get on an aircraft.” Both companies were invited to join a follow-on project with tier 1 aerospace suppliers. Tim acknowledged that it would not have been possible without Innovate UK. “They made us and smart Fibres work collaboratively. Normally, airbus wouldn’t speak to us. and without the funding, we wouldn’t have been able to build a demonstrator.” This case study was originally published in Innovate UK: Aerospace SME case studies, 2015 and is reproduced here under the Open Government Licence v 3.
UK firm develops satellite-linked monitoring technology offering huge benefits for operators of vessels of all sizes on the world's oceans. A Gosport company is pioneering technology which can monitor the biggest marine diesel engines on the high seas and transmit a simple ‘health score’ to a vessel’s operator thousands of miles away. Being able to predict when a supertanker, container vessel or cruise ship needs to be brought into port for engine maintenance can avoid breakdowns at sea, saving six-figure sums for shipping owners and management companies. IntelliMon, part of STS Defence Ltd, led a consortium which received £1 million of Innovate UK funding to develop the ground breaking diagnostic technology through a two-year collaborative R&D project called IConIC (Intelligent Condition monitoring with Integrated Communications). It involved two other south coast businesses, NGnuity Ltd and LW Partners Ltd, along with the Universities of Portsmouth and Southampton and the Satellite Applications Catapult.