Spectra Group Wins Queens Award For Innovation

Spectra Group (UK) wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation Category

Communications specialists, Spectra Group (UK), have received the highly prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category for their innovative system, SlingShot®.

SlingShot is a small, low powered and lightweight system that delivers game-changing capabilities to existing military and first responder radio networks. When connected to military or commercial UHF/VHF radios, Slingshot extends their range from Line of Sight to Beyond Line of Sight covering thousands of mile radius by utilising the Inmarsat I-4 commercial satellite network L-TAC Service. The system works by simply converting UHF or VHF radio frequency signals to the L-Band frequency used by the L-TAC Service and is the only product of its size that enables portable tactical beyond line-of-sight voice and data communications whilst on the move.

SlingShot’s unique capability offers military, emergency and disaster-relief agencies the ability to reliably communicate in remote and harsh environments without the need to rely on existing communications infrastructure or deploy additional communications infrastructure. It also enables global interoperability between coalition forces and agencies using different radio systems, without the requirement, or need, to swap equipment and receive additional training.

Spectra Staff Celebrate Winning the Queens Award for Enterprise 2019

Spectra’s innovation stemmed from a realisation in 2012 that there was a previously unutilised capability of the Inmarsat satellite that would have huge potential in both military and first responder sectors. Working closely with Inmarsat a working concept was developed and approved for use by the British military within weeks and production started in less than 9 months.
SlingShot is versatile enough to be used in aircraft, vehicles, maritime platforms and dismounted personnel. Spectra has since gone on to successfully market SlingShot globally providing a capability that has proved to be of critical importance and has undoubtedly contributed to the saving of lives.

With strong global sales and increasing recognition of SlingShot’s capabilities within the user community, Spectra Group opened a U.S. office in October 2018 and continue to expand their export footprint.

CEO Simon Davies commented

“Working on the design, and building a business, supplying a product that has the ability to revolutionise communications in theatres of operation, not only for soldiers but emergency services and disaster areas is very satisfying.

As a former soldier in the Royal Corp of Signals, knowing that the equipment we provide enables soldiers and first responders around the world to conduct operations with reliable and robust communications so that when they need to call for assistance, that they communicate, first time every time is very motivating for me and my team”

 

Soldiering On Awards 2019

Spectra Group (UK) Ltd are pleased to announce that they are once again sponsoring the Soldiering On Awards

Spectra Group (UK) Ltd are pleased to announce that they are once again sponsoring the Soldiering On Awards which will this year take place on April 5th 2019 at the Park Plaza hotel in Westminster, London. The evening will focus on highlighting the outstanding achievements of those who have served their country as well as individuals and groups who work together with the Armed Forces Community.
As in previous years, Spectra Group (UK) Ltd is sponsoring the Sporting Excellence category. This category recognises a person who has overcome their disability or injury to excel in the field of sport. There are 5 nominees in this category. The CEO of Spectra Group (UK) Ltd, Simon Davies, will present the award to the winner.
Now in its ninth year, the Soldiering On Awards have partnered with X-Forces Enterprise (XFE) – a 100% not for profit Community Interest Company. There are thirteen categories in total, honouring a broad range of achievements from Sporting Excellence, Healthcare and Rehabilitation and Family Values as well as celebrating those who have taken their military experience and turned it into a successful business.
Each category will be rigorously judged by an independent panel co-chaired by the Awards’ President, General the Lord Dannatt GCB, CBE MC, DL, and Vice President Debra Allcock Tyler, CEO of the Directory of Social Change.
Additionally, the recipient of the People’s Choice Award and Animal Partnership Award will be voted for by the public through the Soldiering On Awards website www.soldieringon.org. Voting will be open from February 13th to March 4th.

Charity Race Day Raises Over £21,000 for SSAFA

Every year Battlespace organises a charity Race Day at Chepstow in aid of SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity.

The day consisted of several sponsored races along with hospitality and an auction. In total, it raised over £21,500 for SSAFA.

Spectra Group is a proud sponsor of several Armed Forces charities and is currently working to achieve the Gold Level of the Armed Forces Covenant. The SSAFA Race Day has long been on Spectra’s calendar and, once again, Spectra took a table and a sponsored a race – The Spectra Group Maiden Hurdle.

Spectra Group CEO, Simon Davies, hands over Battlespace Businessman of the Year Award to Ken Peterman of ViaSat.

Spectra Group CEO, Simon Davies, hands over Battlespace Businessman of the Year Award to Ken Peterman of ViaSat.

 

SSAFA provides lifelong support to men and women in the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the British Army and the Royal Air Force, and their families. They also work with veterans of all ages to help them settle into life and work outside the Forces.

During the day, as outgoing Battlespace Business Man Of The Year, Simon Davies, Spectra CEO, also presented the 2019 award to Ken Peterman of ViaSat.

Spectra Supports Challenge Wales in the Round the Island Race

The annual Round the Island Race, organised by the Island Sailing Club, is a one-day yacht race around the Isle of Wight, an island situated off the south coast of England. The race regularly attracts over 1,400 boats and around 15,000 sailors, making it one of the largests yacht races in the world.

Competitors come from all over the UK, other parts of Europe and as far away as the USA to follow the 50 nautical mile course round the Isle of Wight. Starting on the famous Royal Yacht Squadron line in Cowes, the fleet races westabout, to The Needles, round St Catherine’s Point and Bembridge Ledge buoy, and back into the Solent to the finish line at Cowes.

Spectra Group (UK) attended the event in partnership with Inmarsat Global Government to provide broadband satellite communications support to Challenge Wales.

After an impressive race, Challenge Wales finished beating again the other Challenge 72’s and the Clipper fleet, with an elapsed time of 11 hours 34 minutes and 36 seconds, 18th in class and 283rd overall (out of 1,204).

Ian Gameson, a Spectra Senior Systems Engineer present on the day, had the following to say:

Fantastic day had by all Spectra and Inmarsat Global Government guests hosted by the Skipper and crew on Challenge Wales. It was really nice to be on board as crossed the line back into Cowes, continuing her winning streak against her “sister ships” in this race.

The warm, welcoming environment and quiet competence of Andy and the crew was the perfect environment to learn and bond despite the stress of race conditions with all guests and crew feeling part of the same team.

Ian Gameson, Senior System Engineer

Spectra Group (UK)

You can read more about Challenge Wales and their performance on the day here.

You can view the the Round the Island Race official leader-board here.

Spectra Group supports Challenge Wales

Spectra Group have recently announced their support of the award-winning sail training charity, Challenge Wales. Together with their partners, Inmarsat and NSSL, Spectra Group are providing the Challenge Wales yachts with broadband satellite communication capabilities.

Dee Caffari, Skipper of Volvo Ocean Race team “Turn The Tide on Plastic”, after introducing the Challenge Wales Young Person’s Environmental Project”

 

The satellite communications systems that are being provided to the charity will enable those onboard the two yachts to enjoy increased security and safety as well as enjoy an offshore broadband data service. The data service will allow Challenge Wales to increase their profile and social media presence by sharing video whilst at sea.

 

Challenge Wales is an award-winning sail training charity which operates Challenge Wales | Wales’ Tall Ship (the 72-foot round the world racing yacht) and Adventure Wales (the 60 foot two masted schooner). The charity helps those who step aboard to develop their personal and social skills, giving people a purpose and helping to broaden their horizons, a goal to strive towards, the opportunity to experience the highs of achievement and success and sometimes the lows of failure. Teamwork, leadership, discipline, respect for others and communication skills are all developed while onboard one of their vessels. Challenge Wales provides controlled life-learning for those aged 12 – 25 years.

Spectra’s Ian Gameson and Damian Lewis of Inmarsat with Challenge Wales’ skipper, Andy Hall. Spectra has joined with Inmarsat and NSSL Global to equip Challenge Wales and Adventure Wales with offshore broadband communications.

Simon Davies, CEO of spectra Group said: “we’re very pleased to be able to help Challenge Wales in this way as they are a charity based close to home and we believe they share our company ethos of teamwork, personal development and communication”. He added: “together with our partners, Inmarsat and NSSL, we’re proud to be able to help such a fantastic charity by giving them the safety critical communication capabilities we are providing to military, security and emergency services, across the globe”.