Impact


From tracking assets to understanding customer behaviour and delivering novel consumer experiences, technology is changing the face of retail and logistics. For those able to react quickly, the potential opportunities are tremendous.

With world-class multi-disciplinary expertise, we help ambitious retailers and operators develop technologies that increase efficiency, enable data-driven decision making and even create whole new business models.

Measure, locate and control

Within both warehouse and retail environments and throughout the logistics chain, it’s critically important to know the location and condition of stock and assets.

We create sensing and control systems that track everything from vehicles to the condition of individual products. Our teams are pushing the limits of sensing technology, both in terms of high precision and low cost.

Robotics & automation

With the power to drastically improve efficiencies, automation and robotics are playing an increasing role in the commercial success of businesses in retail and logistics.

We work with our clients to understand their commercial imperatives and then combine the latest developments in machine vision, sensor technology and machine learning to create innovative automation solutions.

Data science & analytics

From source to shelf, the logistics chain produces massive amounts of data. Extracting actionable information from the noise is key to creating real value and realising commercial benefits.

There is no one-size-fits-all solution to data analytics. Our mathematicians and data scientists evaluate every project to determine the best approach to every problem, delivering bespoke solutions that generate genuine, actionable insight.

Innovation management

Innovation rarely happens by accident. It requires a methodical approach and an understanding of the business needs, the technical and commercial landscape, and the risks.

We work with our clients to create an innovation framework that will foster creativity and empower their teams to bring successful products to market faster.

Digital services

Digital products and connected devices are nothing without the systems that support and enable them. Success depends on understanding how to implement cloud services, integrate the device and transition to a new service delivery model based on a digital infrastructure.

With long experience in business transformation and digital services – and world-class UX and data experts working with our state-of-the-art data lab – we deliver complete service solutions from device to cloud.

How we work


Our approach is fundamentally collaborative, combining our clients' deep industry knowledge with our complimentary skills and experience.

Technically focused and commercially aware, each team is individually built to match every project, drawing from our pool of 700+ brilliant engineers, scientists, mathematicians and consultants.

We bring a passion for excellence to every project, whether you need to increase efficiency and become more competitive or create the kind of breakthrough that will help you redefine your marketplace.

Tech, tools & facilities


Analytical laboratories
 

Analytical labs

Our laboratories provide high accuracy measurement and analysis for the wide range of projects we undertake. Specialist equipment includes a gas chromatography mass spectrometer (GCMS), a Matersizer particle size analyser, a Spraytec laser diffraction droplet size analyser, high-speed and thermal imaging cameras and rapid-development custom image analysis software.

Anechoic chamber (Stargate Satimo)
 

Satimo Stargate 64

This anechoic radio and antenna test chamber is one of only a handful of facilities in Europe. Within this six-metre cube, we can carry out automated three-dimensional measurement and visualisation of wireless device behaviour and test body-worn technology using body phantoms or real live test subjects. This helps us to understand and optimise 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.

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.

We can help you achieve the impossible

CASE STUDIES


Case study

Ocado smart platform

Transforming warehouse automation with another world-first in radio design

Case study

Entomics Biosystems insect larvae rearing

Harnessing the science of synthetic biology and best-in-class automation to turn organic waste into high-protein fish food.

NEWS & INSIGHTS


Whitepaper

PHA: plastic the way nature intended?

8th May 2018

Our new whitepaper looks at the potential of PHA bioplastics in the food service industry. We've designed a range of biodegradable plastic products, all served up on a bioplastic tray...

  • Industrial design
  • Innovation management
  • Product realisation
  • Synthetic biology
Opinion

How the Last Mile issue is solving itself

11th July 2018

The Last Mile issue is enormous and complex. Rising e-commerce demand, urban density and energy costs are all conspiring to make this an important issue for everyone. I believe that entrepreneurial ingenuity...

  • Connectivity & IoT
  • Robotics
  • Service design
Opinion

Nintendo Switch: real-world wireless visualisation

11th June 2018

It’s well understood that the number of connected devices will grow exponentially over the coming years. The most disruptive innovation will see connectivity introduced to traditional non-wireless products, or elements of products...

  • Connectivity & IoT
  • Industrial design
  • Radio systems
Opinion

Thinking big - the Ocado way

25th May 2018

We often ask ourselves what innovation truly means. It’s an important question for any ambitions business to consider as history has shown that a revolution in technology brings far greater benefits than an evolution to a legacy technique.

  • Cloud/scalable systems
  • Connectivity & IoT
  • Electronics & ASICs
  • Industrial design
  • Radio systems
  • Robotics
  • Tracking & location