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Brand new company video

After 3 days of filming and many hours of editing, the brand new Steatite company video is now complete. The video aims to provide an overview of the company by focusing on each of Steatite’s business units in turn. If you have a spare two and a half minutes, please click the link and take a look.  Steatite company video

Our parent company Solid State PLC has also been busy creating a group video. You can take a look at it here Solid State PLC group video

Steatite’s ‘state of the art’ Antennas facility officially opened in Leominster

Steatite Ltd is pleased to announce the opening of its new Antennas facility in Leominster, Herefordshire.

The Antennas business unit at Steatite was created through the acquisition of Q-par Angus Limited in May 2013.  Since the acquisition, the unit has developed ever more complex antenna solutions for its global client base through technological innovation and advanced design.  To support the growth of Steatite Antennas and to enable advancements in antenna testing, the operations moved to the new site in January 2017.

The new facility has been purpose built to enable the design, manufacture and testing of complex systems and contains a specialist near-field RF test chamber large enough to accommodate antennas with dish dimensions up to 3 meters in diameter.

The site was opened by the current Conservative Party candidate for North Herefordshire, Bill Wiggin.

Commenting on the opening, Matthew Richards, MD of Steatite, said:

“This is a world-class facility, incorporating some of the most advanced near-field testing capabilities in the UK. It represents a significant investment by the Company into its antennas business and will enable Steatite to remain at the cutting edge of antenna design, manufacture and testing.”

Lithium Sufur battery pack

MAS pressure tollerant battery pack – project update

With just 6 months remaining of a two year project, to develop a pressure tolerant battery pack capable of powering autonomous vehicles to ocean depths of 6,000m, the consortium, led by Steatite, has made tremendous advances in battery capability through extensive design and testing. The project is now moving towards full open water trials in two deep dive vehicles.

Take a look at the latest project update to find out more. https://www.steatite.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/MAS-Consortium-UPDATE-v2017_03_Rev1.pdf

 

 

Steatite announces new partnership with SOTI.

Steatite Ltd has partnered with SOTI in an agreement that will enable Soti’s Mobicontrol Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) software to be provided on Steatite’s complete range of rugged mobile computer hardware. SOTI is a proven product innovator and EMM Industry leader.

Over 17,000 customers across 170 countries rely on SOTI for their EMM needs. SOTI has been an industry leader in the MDM market for over two decades. Enterprise Mobility Management improves mobile worker productivity and makes their device more secure. SOTI delivers a comprehensive suite of mobile application management features.

By enabling over-the-air distribution, configuration, updating, and removal of apps from your enterprise library or public app store, SOTI helps IT teams ensure that device features on your business mobile devices conform to acceptable use policies.

IT administrators can enforce complex passwords, turn features on and off, implement hardware and OS restriction policies, and remotely lock and wipe devices. For mandatory business apps, SOTI can install/remove apps in the background, without the user even being aware of what is going on. And whitelists/blacklists provide an extra layer of control. SOTI gives your business a fully unified, fully curated application experience.

 

Rugged GPS Time & Frequency Reference – VITA 75

Precision time synchronisation is now proving essential to the implementation of many different types of modern electronic systems. As the exclusive UK distribution partner for Spectracom, Steatite can provide its customers with access to the latest innovative technology in this sector. VersaSync is a high performance GPS master clock and network time server that is capable of delivering accurate, software-configurable time and frequency signals under all circumstances, even in GNSS-denied scenarios. Supporting both precision time protocol (PTP) and network time protocol (NTP) synchronisation standards, this robust, military grade unit (MIL-STD-810G) can deal with the most uncompromising of operational environments. Thanks to its lightweight construction (0.91kg) the solution is highly portable, while a compact form factor (147.3mm x 127.5mm x 63.0mm) and VITA 75 compliant design both facilitate its integration with existing hardware. The unit’s I/Os can be configured to accommodate a variety of timecode formats, such as IRIG, HaveQuick, 1PPS, xPPS, etc. A diverse choice of GNSS receivers is also offered.

Each VersaSync unit has a built-in high stability oscillator/clock resource (either OCXO or CSAC based, depending on the degree of exactitude required) that enables time and frequency accuracy to be upheld for extended periods without GPS/GNSS support. Furthermore, it can be re-synchronised by an external reference if required. There are a wide array of different applications for which this timing solution is highly suited. These include large scale UAVs, military vehicles, radar equipment (civil or military) and marine (sonar systems), among others. The VersaSync units have an operational temperature range that covers -45°C to +85°C. They can also cope with 95% humidity levels and have strong resilience to shock (20g) and vibration (7.7g). Functioning at altitudes up to 13,000m, they are highly suited to airborne deployment.

For more information on VersaSync visit: www.steatite-embedded.co.uk/products/gps-time-sync/spectracom-versasync-accurate-time-and-frequency-in-all-conditions

Steatite announces new partnership with ADLINK Technology

Steatite, UK leaders in industrial computing products, are proud to announce a new partnership with ADLINK Technology, one of the world’s premier manufacturers of high end embedded computing solutions for use in industrial & military applications.

Who are ADLINK?
ADLINK Technology is a leading embedded computer manufacturer and a “Premier” member of the Intel IOT Solutions Alliance and has built an enviable reputation within the embedded computing community for leading edge, rugged and reliable computing solutions. With products ranging from  Computer-on-modules – SMARC, Q7, ETX, COM express, Motherboards, Single Board computers & PC-104 to Server Class high performance integrated platforms ADLINK manufactures solutions from device to edge and up to the cloud.

Below are just a few of the ADLINK products now available from Steatite, but if you have a particular requirement for your application, Steatite & ADLINK can assist you in finding the right solution for your project.

Military Grade Embedded Computers – Extreme Rugged COTS computers in a tiny VITA-75 footprint, ideal for ground, air and naval deployments.

Extreme Rugged COM Express Modules – Rugged, high performance COM Express modules rated for operation in environments up to -40 to +85°C

AdvancedTCA Solutions – High performance modular blade system that offers high-density processing, faster data throughput and intelligent system management.

PXI / PXI Express Solutions – PXI / PXIe is a deployment platform for measurement & automated test systems, ideal for environments in which reliability is critical.

Steatite secures a presence at the Marine Autonomous and Robotic Systems Innovation Centre

The Marine Autonomous and Robotic Systems Innovation Centre (MARSIC) is a multi-million pound facility based at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) in Southampton.

Inspired by the aim to create a community of innovative companies developing technology for Marine Autonomous Systems (MAS), the innovation centre offers dedicated desk space, meeting rooms, breakout areas, workshops and laboratories.

This community co-exists with the NOC MARS team with their extensive experience of deployment in challenging environments.

Based in the heart of the UK’s booming marine sector, the innovation centre provides a number of benefits to Steatite. By securing a presence at the centre, Steatite is able to work in conjunction with some of the biggest players in the industry to drive innovation and help maintain the UK’s position as a world leading centre for marine technology.

Rugged personal tracking system incorporates array of security-critical features

High integrity electronic monitoring solution delivers industry-leading diagnostic functionality

Drawing on its expertise in producing advanced, resilient engineering solutions to deal with exacting application demands, Steatite now introduces a comprehensive, high integrity tracking system. It presents the national security, border control and law enforcement sectors with an ultra-reliable, all-encompassing, end-to-end solution that is simple to implement and can be tailored to fit their specific operational requirements. What essentially differentiates it from alternative solutions is that it has been designed from the initial concept phase with the goal of providing irrefutable forensic evidence – through its sophisticated diagnostic resources, precision positioning and secure operational capabilities.

The worn unit comprises a secure GPS tag with a robust ankle strap. A wide range of sensors are incorporated, which constantly acquire numerous forms of data concerning the wearer’s locality and the external environmental, as well as other key parameters such as battery status, etc. Extremely sensitive, adjustable tamper alert mechanisms have been integrated, which are triggered if any attempt is made to break into the case or to cut the strap.

The unit connects securely to a configurable web portal, which can be referred to in real time. This relies on geolocation data from multiple satellites and base stations, as well as access to state-of-the-art mapping sources, to determine the tag wearer’s exact position with very low possibility of error. Geofence notifications can be utilised to prevent the tagged subject from leaving (or entering) predetermined areas. Data being transferred between the tag and the web portal is encrypted to safeguard against the risk of security breaches. Also data segregation means that confidentially is always maintained, as not all the information is held in one place and will only be brought together if required for judicial purposes. The graphic user interface (GUI) has been developed to make it as operator-friendly as possible. Data recording and reporting rates can be set to suit specific requirements, with multiple monitoring modes available. Steatite can work directly with the customer to ensure the effectiveness of operational processes and thereby mitigate the chances of false alerts occurring (something that can prove a major problem with other solutions).

Through its elevated power efficiency, the tag unit has a long battery life (running for up to three days between charges). Furthermore, it has a rapid charge period (taking just one hour to fully replenish its reserves). Untethered charging means that it does not have to be connected directly to the mains (thus making it more convenient for the wearer). Its sturdy construction can cope with heavy shocks, vibrations and other forms of mechanical stress, as well as wide temperature fluctuations. As the casing is waterproof, this unit is not affected by exposure to water (from heavy rainfall, showering and even swimming).

“This personal tracking system showcases Steatite’s adept engineering, plus our in-depth knowledge of cloud computing technology and our understanding of the importance of data protection in relation to this. Every element, from the tag unit’s electronic hardware, firmware and mechanical structure, right through to its supporting software ecosystem, has been developed in such a way that it is fundamentally able to stand up to intense legal scrutiny, thereby providing the highest degree of evidential assurance,” states Chris Oxlade-Arnott, General Manager at Steatite EMS.