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’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”
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.
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.
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.
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