We live in a world undergoing a digital revolution - one of artificial intelligence (AI), the internet of things (IoT), big data, open APIs, cloud applications and blockchain.

These technologies create huge digitization and servitization opportunities for organizations that embrace the services they enable – and threaten the very existence of those that don’t. 

The digital potential

Few companies lack the ambition to embrace digital technologies to transform their businesses. However, it’s a daunting journey, particularly for those for whom this is a new world.

Delivering digital breakthroughs that are defensible in the market and resistant to margin pressures requires a combination of market insight, business innovation and technology prowess – a truly multidisciplinary skillset.

We help clients create, deliver and exploit digital products and services through technology development, service roll-out and business transformation. 

Complete support

We offer practical assistance throughout the digital lifecycle:

We advise on product strategy and design – what our clients could do, what they should do and how they can best deliver it.

We develop and test digital products and services, through experimentation and rapid prototyping and development.

We deliver digital products and services to market through trials, operational roll-out and continuous product improvement.

We are a truly independent partner, supporting our clients at every step and transferring ownership of successful outcomes to them. 

Experience


Our technical capabilities span the full digital spectrum, from software development for embedded and distributed cloud applications, through deep data analytics, machine learning and behavioural modelling to connectivity and IoT development and radio systems.

World-class talent

Our team brings practical experience of delivering complex digital products and services around the world.

Examples include M-PESA (Vodafone’s market-changing breakthrough in mobile payment); the UK’s Government Digital Service (GDS), Telensa (the global leader in smart city street lighting and wireless networks), Iridium’s world-first ‘Push-to-Talk’ global satellite communications service; and Doctor Care Anywhere (the innovative telemedicine and digital health service). 

Rapid prototyping & implementation 

Using a range of advanced productivity tools and drawing on the art of the possible across many disciplines, we discover new insights, prototype and trial new services and launch fast and with minimal risk.

Our productivity tools range from IoT device platforms – such as smart tags and badges – to appcessory design toolkits, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) libraries and software frameworks to deliver full service cloud platforms. 

Digital proposition consulting

To successfully deliver digital breakthroughs, a business must learn to embrace openness, experimentation and collaboration. It must also learn how to support and enhance digital products through deep customer insight, data analytics and continuous improvement.

Our digital consultancy programmes go well beyond traditional management consultancy. Grounded in the art of the technically possible, we show our clients what they could do, guide them in what they should do and help them deliver it.

We identify potential service propositions through practical and technically viable roadmaps that guide not just the product but also the fundamental shifts in approach and mindset required for success. 

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Tech, tools & facilities


Flo – rapid prototyping, experimentation & scaling framework
 

Flo – rapid prototyping, experimentation & scaling framework

The ability to spin-up a new service proposition rapidly is vital; helping organisations touch, feel and understand new concepts but also support the essential need to trial, test and scale. Flo provides this capability, allowing our clients to quickly unlock new ideas, address key risks and deliver better service propositions on a scalable platform that we are able to support and that our clients are able to fully own.

Data, development & test labs
 

Data, development & test labs

With 1 petabyte local storage and specialised hardware for telecoms chassis design, machine learning development and more, this facility allows us to develop, test and operate new cloud-ready digital services rapidly in a secure environment, enabling rapid end-to-end prototyping and experimentation of sensitive concepts. We work across the full spectrum of cloud service providers, supporting both public and private infrastructures.

Co-creation & co-working space
 

Co-creation & co-working space

We are highly collaborative in our approach and provide dedicated co-creation facilities where we can join forces with our client teams to address the task in hand. Creative spaces throughout our offices provide a blank canvas for ad-hoc brainstorming sessions and planned workshops, inspiring our designers in their quest to develop impactful, unique and meaningful user experiences.

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.

Prototyping workshops
 

Prototyping workshops

Our electronic and mechanical prototyping workshops allow us to produce technically credible prototypes that bring ideas to life and offer a powerful demonstration of their value. All while maintaining extremely high standards of quality that conform to ISO 9001, ISO 13485 and ISO 14001 regulations. Using the latest CNC and milling machines, lathes, welding gear and wire harness and cable assembly tools, we are able to produce parts very quickly and assemble full-scale working prototypes for testing and consumer trials.

Case studies


 

VeriTherm smart thermal measurement

Digital services innovation to transform building performance  

 

Iridium Extreme satellite phone

The first truly global ‘Push-To-Talk’ mobile communications system

 

Ocado smart platform

Transforming warehouse automation with another world-first in radio design

 

Ofcom: review of developments in IoT

Independent analysis to inform future regulatory priorities and forecasts

News & insights


Opinion

Virtual Vegas round up - 2021 CES trends

25th Jan 2021

What happens in Vegas famously stays in Vegas – except for this year of course as we stayed home and kicked off 2021 with the very first digital-only CES show. Personally, I missed the fountains and cocktails, if not the sore feet and endless lines. Take a look at what we found out and what we think will stick! 

  • AI & Analytics
  • Connectivity & IoT
  • Digital services
  • Robotics
  • Sensing
Vlog

Building back better with digital service innovation

11th Dec 2020

The urgent sustainability imperative is prompting a maze of evolving regulatory requirements in housebuilding. Thermal performance in new builds is mandated by regulations – yet there is currently no commercially viable verification method.

  • Digital services
  • Sensing
Press release

Elevating the bar experience

4th Dec 2019

A new interactive bar experience from Cambridge Consultants is announced today bridging the digital and physical worlds.

Press release

Helping visually impaired people to navigate indoor spaces

16th Dec 2019

Cambridge Consultants and Waymap have created a unique smartphone service that helps visually impaired people to navigate through complex indoor spaces, such as public transport hubs.

Events


ExhibitorPanel discussion

Controlled Environment Agriculture

25th Feb 2021

The 2021 CEA conference draws on speakers from across the agri-tech ecosystem, providing an opportunity to review progress, look at the recent developments and gain informed glimpses of the future.

Event

MWC 2021

28th Jun 2021 - 1st Jul 2021
Fira Gran Via, Barcelona, Spain

Join us at MWC 2021, the largest mobile event in the world. We're bringing our team of experts from across high performance communications, service innovation and connected devices.

Panel discussion

Idea to reality: What does it take to develop and deploy a solution to the agri sector?

28th Jan 2021

Join us at this exciting panel discussion to reveal what it takes to cross the ‘valley of death’ and turn concepts into successful agri sector products. Using real examples from our panellists’ experience, we will discuss how interesting ideas have sparked commercially viable products with massive potential to meet the key challenges of end users.

Panel discussionWebinar

Middle East Energy Transition Dialogues

19th Nov 2020

Nathan Wrench, Head of Sustainability Innovation at Cambridge Consultants will be discussing pressing topics, from climate finance and technology advancements, to the new era of mobility and the potential of hydrogen and much more.

We can help you achieve the impossible