Impact

The connected ecosystem

The world has never been more connected – and the Internet of Things (IoT) revolution has only just begun.

Each market category places its own specific technological demands on the connectivity solution. With technology advancing at a blistering pace and strong desire for differentiation, off-the-shelf solutions are rarely fit for purpose.

Having played a pivotal role in the creation and development of several major wireless technologies, we have an intimate understanding of the complex trade-offs necessary to create breakthrough connected devices and – crucially – the systems that support them. 

Experience

A legacy of leadership

Over many decades, we’ve delivered a steady stream of disruptive breakthroughs, from RF and satellite telecommunications to the world’s first wireless pacemaker and the ground-to-air radio system controlling over 50% of the world’s air traffic.

For evidence of our lasting impact, look no further than our billion-dollar spin-out company Cambridge Silicon Radio (CSR), the market leader in Bluetooth technology founded on the success of our ground-breaking development of the world’s first single-chip Bluetooth radio. 

Multidisciplinary

We have the world’s largest independent wireless development team, spanning radio frequency, communications protocol, digital signal processing, power-optimised analogue and digital electronic design, embedded software, user experience and mechanical design.

With this unparalleled breadth of skills, we are able to deploy the precise set of disciplines that are critical for each development. 

The world’s first fully digital radio

Having designed a series of best-in-class short-range wireless products, we created Pizzicato.

With decades of experience in software defined radio, we’ve recently eliminated all analogue processing from the silicon radio to dramatically reduce size, cost and power consumption. This breakthrough is enabling the creation of an entirely new class of IoT devices. 

The world’s first battery-less connected injector

We’ve been building ultra-low-power connected devices since the market first emerged, from high-resolution activity monitors that run for weeks to low-power algorithms providing real-time feedback for sports professionals.

Our low-power obsession led us to develop the award-winning KiCoPen – powered entirely by energy harvested from the motion of removing and replacing the cap.

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Tech, tools & facilities

Anechoic chamber (Stargate Satimo)

Anechoic test chamber

Our custom anechoic radio and antenna test chamber is a highly sophisticated 5m cube. Inside, we carry out automated three-dimensional measurement and visualization of wireless device behavior and test body-worn technology using body phantoms or real live test subjects. This helps us to understand and optimize real-word RF performance of products such as smart implants (including implanted telemetry), connected drug delivery devices and wearables.

Appcessory toolkit

Appcessory toolkit

This lightning-fast scoping and feasibility software platform allows us to very quickly model a connected device, saving time, preventing costly missteps and ensuring optimal performance. Taking key requirements as a starting point, we can estimate the dimensions and cost of the PCB and rapidly see how a range of design decisions influence the complex trade-off between factors such as size, power, battery life, radio range and more.

EMC test chamber

EMC test chamber

Our fully-shielded ETS-Lindgren anechoic test chamber is suitable for a wide range of EMC and RF testing, which is essential for new devices. It allows us to test for unwanted radiation and susceptibility to interference at an early stage with the results fed directly into product design, rather than later on when changes will be expensive to implement.

Rapid software development

Rapid software development tools

We employ a range of rapid software development tools specifically designed for fast connected product development. Specific tools include FSMGen and Datascript.

Case studies

DriveTag Summary2

Sycada DriveTag

This is the story of digital services innovation that is disrupting traditional markets while helping companies make their product offerings more sustainable, cost efficient and safe. At the heart of the story is a low-cost asset-monitoring sensing tag that is small, light and powerful enough be stuck just about anywhere. This core technology concept, now called DriveTag, is helping our client Sycada with its mission to prove that sustainability can go hand in hand with healthy ROI. 

天空のオフィスへようこそ

Welcome to the office in the sky

The office in the sky has arrived. This is the story of an extraordinary business travel transformation – courtesy of office-grade, multi-Mbps inflight connectivity with minimal latency. 

Wireless breakthrough for the Ocado Smart Platform

A world-first in radio design helps transform online grocery across the globe

The world’s largest commercial airborne antenna

Beaming 5G from the stratosphere

News & insights

intent-based networking
Whitepaper

A new way forward for industry: the pervasive intelligence of evolved intent-based networking

4th Jul 2022

This paper outlines our concept of ‘evolved intent-based networks’ – utilising pervasive intelligence from across an entire communications network to automate configuration that supports a specific set business of requirements. The ability to assure a specific service and experience level offers huge opportunities.

  • AI & Analytics
  • Connectivity & IoT
  • Digital service innovation
  • Radio systems
Summary ORAN
Whitepaper

RIC and roll: how to unlock the true value of O-RAN

24th Jun 2022

This whitepaper explores the critical role that the RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) plays in transforming the network and empowering operators to create and monetise distinctive service propositions. In other words, it’s the RIC that can unlock the true value of the “open” proposition of  Open Radio Access Network (O-RAN).

  • AI & Analytics
  • Connectivity & IoT
  • Digital service innovation
  • Radio systems
Press release

Cambridge Consultants building the world’s largest commercial airborne antenna

2nd Nov 2020

Cambridge Consultants working in collaboration with Stratospheric Platforms Ltd unveils a wireless antenna unlike anything seen before, delivering affordable 5G connectivity from a fleet of zero-emissions aircraft. 

Press release

Flylogix and Cambridge Consultants to send drones beyond the horizon

16th Jul 2020

Flylogix will exploit Iridium’s state-of-the-art satellite communications to enable unmanned aerial vehicles to perform remote monitoring of offshore installations.

Events

AI Summit Austin 2022
Speaker

AI Summit Austin 2022 

2nd Nov 2022 - 3rd Nov 2022
Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas

The AI Summit is the world’s first and largest conference and exhibition to look at the practical implications of AI for enterprise organisations that are set to transform business productivity. 

On November 2, 2022, we gather in Austin, Texas with industry experts to learn, connect, and drive the industry forward. The event will highlight both AI business strategy and technical know-how in a comprehensive agenda that goes beyond the mundane and into deep, actionable insights. 

utility private networks
Speaker

UBBA Summit & Plugfest 2022

10th Oct 2022 - 14th Oct 2022
The Westin South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, California

The Utility Broadband Alliance(UBBA) is a collaboration of utilities and ecosystem partners dedicated to championing the advancement and development of private broadband networks for America’s critical infrastructure industries.

UBBA's second annual Summit & Plugfest takes place in Costa Mesa, CA, this year, October 11-14, 2022. Utility executives, innovation leaders, suppliers and end users from across North America will gather to discuss what connectivity will mean for the future of utilities and the communities they serve.

utility networks
Webinar

How the wireless supply chain can transform utility networks for the modern world

22nd Sep 2022
Virtual

Utilities are changing and their communication networks must evolve to support increases in demand, higher expectations on resilience and security, new distributed forms of power generation and various requirements posed by sustainability. Wireless technology suppliers have a massive opportunity to support this transformation, enabling new utility use cases and a sharper focus on long term growth. Join our upcoming webinar for more insights.

Supernal CUAV
Webinar

Fostering technology advances that will accelerate adoption of uncrewed aircraft systems

13th Jul 2022
Virtual

Uncrewed operations in Advanced Air Mobility promise significant rewards for ambitious innovators, but the question remains, how does the industry achieve the safety and value proposition standard necessary to accelerate public acceptance of autonomous aircraft to bring about commercial viability? 

The answer lies in a host of technology advances. By attending this webinar, you will gain an understanding of the innovation taking place, and how collaboration across industries will create safer and more commercially successful autonomous operations.