Expanding Communications Capability
Seven Technologies Group Ltd worked with the faculty of Engineering and Informatics on this Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP). The collaboration aimed to expand the capability of specialist communication systems and develop, implement and test new energy-efficient coding, signal processing methods and hardware innovations, for existing and new commercial products within a short timescale.
The project laid the foundations for a future generation of tracking systems for the company and very positive financial projections from increased sales. It opened up opportunities for new teaching materials, student projects and research theses and 22 academic papers were written as a result. Innovate UK graded it outstanding and both associates are now employed in the company.
“The KTP exceeded our expectations in terms of quality and quantity of output as well as creating strong links with our academic partners. It has delivered significant value for money and laid the foundations for the revolution of our core technology to meet the challenges of the future." Simon Marker, Research and Development Director at Seven Technologies.
The project has been very successful from both the company’s perspective and the University’s, bringing tangible results in terms of product designs and ideas, and in transferring expertiseto engineers within the company.
The company received great support from the University, enhancing their knowledge base throughout the development cycle of these research areas, but also practically, including use of the University’s measurement facility for evaluating operation performance of the proposed diversity antenna system. There were many important and insightful discussions and suggestions to the technical difficulties encountered, with a relaxed yet focussed atmosphere prevailing throughout.
The design of a novel antenna array system to include the compact small antenna transmitter has helped Seven Technologies realise their future antenna design transceivers, improving their position with a competitive market.
New software to introduce narrow band and wideband signal processing methods has enabled them to identify the ‘angle of arrival’ (AOA) of radio signals to support radio-location and tracking needs. The company has improved their engineers’ knowledge of how their existing systems function.
Design and implementation decisions are now more informed and with a sound technical base, placing the company in a better position to develop the next generation of RF based tracking systems.