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 Group Expand Into US with the Opening of New Spectra Group (US) Office in Fairfax County, VA

Spectra Group (UK) Ltd is an internationally renowned specialist provider of secure voice, data and satellite communications systems, specifically optimized for use in remote and challenging environments. Following recent contract successes in the USA, particularly with their battle-winning SlingShot tactical communications system, Spectra Group (UK) Ltd will be establishing Spectra Group (US) Inc in new offices in Fairfax County in Oct 2018. The opening of this new office is to coincide with Spectra (US) exhibiting at AUSA in Washington, 8-10 Oct 2018.

By establishing a permanent presence in the USA, Spectra Group will be able to guarantee closer product support to their existing partners in North America, as well as dedicated product and service support directly to the end-user. Spectra Group aspire to expand their already significant international sales into new sectors not currently covered by existing US partners; a particularly exciting development as, globally, the USA offers the largest Defense, Emergency Response and Homeland Security market.

Spectra’s SlingShot adds voice and data BLOS COTM (Beyond Line of Sight Communications On The Move) to in-service tactical VHF and UHF radios. In addition to standard voice and data C2, it can enable capabilities such as remote biometric analysis, fire mission planning, tracking and inter-agency operations. Man-portable or vehicle-borne, useable on the move, delivering flexible channel leasing and with minimal increase in training-burden, SlingShot redefines tactical communication capabilities.

Recent world-wide exhibits of SlingShot at Africa Endeavour (Cape Verde), Land Forces (Australia), DVD (UK) and Global SOF (Spain) have been met with considerable international interest. Spectra will be following this up with attendance at AUSA, Washington (8th -10th Oct) and Africa Security Symposium, Dakar (7th – 9th Nov).

The launch of Spectra Group (US) Inc in North America will be formally announced at a press briefing taking place at AUSA on Tue 9th Oct. Spectra Group (US) Inc can be found at Booth 3138.

Simon Davies, CEO of Spectra Group said: “Spectra is very excited to be able to announce the opening of an office in Fairfax County. This welcome expansion of our business profile will enable us to forge even closer links with our existing partners and end-users in North America, as well as looking ahead to develop wider markets in the region.”

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”.

Spectra Group announces latest sales figures of the SlingShot BLOS COTM System at Eurosatory 2018

Spectra Group (UK) Ltd, world leading solutions provider of high grade information security and communication capabilities continues to expand its SlingShot business with just over 600 SlingShot systems having been ordered across 4 continents since November 2017. Just over 450 systems have already been delivered with a further 211 orders awaiting completion. Since the system was launched, this brings the total number of systems shipped to over the 3000 mark across 18 different end-users organisations, further endorsing Spectra’s dominant position in the Tactical SATCOM market place.

Spectra’s SlingShot is a unique low SWaP system that enables in-service U/VHF tactical radios to utilise Inmarsat’s commercial satellite network for BLOS COTM. Including omnidirectional antenna for the man, vehicle, maritime and aviation platforms, the tactical net can broadcast over 1000s kilometers between forward units and a rear HQ, no matter how or where the deployment. In addition to C2 voice, the system enables data capability, supporting mission critical applications such as; artillery fire missions, GPS tracking and biometric analysis. With reduced cost compared to traditional TACSAT, increased channel availability and almost no increase in the training burden, SlingShot is redefining tactical communications. Spectra has strategic relationships with both Inmarsat, whose L-TAC™ service uses SlingShot and Airbus, which brands SlingShot as TREx services.

 

Spectra’s SlingShot will be available to view on the Airbus stand Hall 5A stand No. C158 at Eurosatory under the brand name of TREx.

 

Simon Davies, CEO at Spectra Group (UK) Ltd said: “we’re very proud of the figures we’ve announced today that prove, again, that SlingShot is fast becoming the system of choice for use by the world’s finest specialist users” He added: “we’re receiving significant amounts of interest in our products and services from around the globe so having our capabilities show-cased by our partners at Eurosatory 2018 is another fantastic opportunity for visitors to understand the advantages of our systems”.

Spectra Group CEO, Simon Davies nominated as a finalist in the British Ex-Forces in Business Awards 2018

Spectra Group’s CEO, Simon Davies, has been nominated as a finalist in the “Innovator of the Year” category at the British Ex-Forces in Business Awards, taking place on 17 May 2018.

The British Ex-Forces in Business Awards is the largest celebration and recognition of ex-military personnel in the UK workforce and the employers that support current and former members of the British Armed Forces. The high-profile ceremony not only gathers hundreds of business leaders to reveal and honour the winners, but also brings together top companies, key military personnel, politicians, journalists and other stakeholders. Together, the event raises awareness of resettlement issues and promotes further dialogue around the importance of ex-forces employment initiatives and promotes the significant value that military-gained skills, if better utilised in the UK workforce, can provide to the British economy.

Presenting the awards at London’s prestigious Grand Connaught Rooms on 17 May will be talkRadio morning show host Julia Hartley-Brewer. The event also welcomes bestselling author and SAS veteran Andy McNab as a guest speaker and other prominent figures such as General Sir Mike Jackson and Simon Weston CBE. Entertainment will be provided by the Military Wives Choir.

Simon Davies, CEO at Spectra Group said: “I’m honoured to have been nominated as a finalist in these awards. I’m very proud of my military service but I’m equally as proud of what we have achieved here at Spectra Group since I left the Armed Forces. To be recognised for that is a personal honour but it also very much reflects on my team here at Spectra Group”. He added: “we find it highly beneficial to offer the well-trusted skillsets delivered by ex-forces personal when tailoring products and services for those operating in high-risk customer environments, such as cyber security and military”.

Spectra Helping Local Charities

Earlier this year Spectra Group reaffirmed its commitment to charity by supporting Herefordshire fundraisers The Merry Millers in raising funds for St Michael’s Hospice.

Spectra believes firmly in giving back and is a long-term supporter of Soldiering On, SSAFA and more recently, Team Army. So when The Merry Millers, fundraisers-extraordinary of Herefordshire, approached Spectra to support local charity St Michael’s Hospice, the company was more than happy to help out by donating for auction a day in its private box at Herefordshire Race Course.

Bid winner Frank Green with Simon and Paul Davies of Spectra Group.

St Michael’s Hospice provides Inpatient Services and hospice daycare in addition to supporting patients in a range of settings, including their homes. The Merry Millers, well known within the county for their stellar fundraising activities,  chose the Hospice as the beneficiaries for their mini-event at Hereford Racecourse on March 27th. Frank Green made the winning bid for Spectra’s private box and, overall, more than £2500 was raised on the day.

Essential Tips for Safeguarding Your Business Against Cyber Crime

With cyber crime costing UK businesses £30 billion a year, and causing many to close, it’s time to start making cyber security a priority.

Spectra Cybersecurity Solutions support SMEs and UK Govt in protecting themselves, whilst maintaining business efficiency but general awareness is the first step to being secure.

The list of cyber threats can seem endless. But, there are many steps you can take toward protecting your business.

If you’re not sure where to start, here are some essential tips for safeguarding your business against cyber crime.

Identify All Possible Threats

‘Cyber Risk Reviews must consider IT in your facilities such as AirCon, Lifts, Doors, Alarms & CCTV not just networks’ – Cevn Vibert, Industrial Cyber Security Advisory Director at Vibert Solutions

Before implementing any safeguarding measures, you need to work out how secure your business is currently.

The best way to do this is through a cyber security audit. This will help you understand where you are in terms of risk by identifying any potential threats.

When it comes to protecting your business, you need to be aware of both internal and external threats. These can include:

  • Phishing attacks
  • Hacking
  • Employees using infected home devices at work
  • Bots
  • Malware

The world of cyber crime is constantly evolving. New variants on old scams can pose a deceptive threat! You might think you’re aware of certain scams, but they’re always changing.

So, the best way to tackle cyber crime is by staying up to date with the latest threats. If you know what you’re up against, you can take action to prevent it!

Also, ensure all your systems are up to date, as the latest software often contains security fixes. Is your data backed up? Have you installed malware protection? There are many ways to protect your business.

Identifying all potential threats will help you safeguard against them!

Make Cyber Security a Business Priority

‘Don’t wait for an incident to occur, act now to protect the network and assets within it. Failure to do so can have significant impacts financially and impact the reputation of an organisation to a degree which they may not recover from’ – Dan Driver, Head of Perception at Chemring Technology Solutions

Once your risk assessment is out of the way, it’s time to start thinking strategically.

Have an action plan in place to deal with cyber crime, and ensure all employees are made aware of it. Everyone in your organisation plays a vital role in keeping the business secure!

Take extra care when sharing data with third parties. Any outside contractors or suppliers should be compliant with your security plan. Your data is vulnerable, especially when it comes to transiting across public networks.

But, internal threats shouldn’t be ignored! Ensure your password policy is effective. Passwords should be:

  • Stored away from the device
  • Easily and safely reset
  • Difficult to guess

Once your security plan is implemented, don’t assume the job is done. Make sure you keep monitoring and testing security controls at all times.

Leverage Existing Schemes

‘The most important stuff isn’t complex. Getting the basics right with Cyber Essentials can greatly reduce the threats’ – Richard Bach, Co-Founder & Director at XQ Cyber

The good news is, while the world of cyber crime is constantly evolving, so are the ways to take action against it.

There are many online resources out there to help you!

For example, the government-backed Cyber Essentials scheme is specifically designed for SMEs, and can help prevent up to 80% of all attacks.

Assume You’ll Be Hacked

‘Prepare and test a plan to identify, communicate and recover to ensure you can rapidly resume business with limited impact’ – Sam Smith, Head of Digital Risk and Security at Cadent Gas Ltd

The fact is: no business is safe from cyber crime.

So, don’t wait until the worst happens! If you have a plan in place, you’ll not only make your business less susceptible to risks, but better equipped to deal with them if they happen.

You want to build a strong strategic approach. Hackers and threats will be able to detect your weaknesses, so don’t give them anything to take advantage of.

Ask yourself:

  • How safe is your data?
  • Can your business manage through a period of temporary downtime?
  • Are all your systems backed up?

Preparing for the worst is a proactive approach! You’ll give your business the best chance of staying safe from cyber crime.

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Triathlete Steve Crowley wins the Soldiering On 2018 Spectra Group Sporting Excellence Award

The 2018 Soldiering On Awards took place on the 20th of April at the Park Plaza at Westminster Bridge Hotel, London. The black-tie gala was co-presented by TV personalities Vicki Michelle MBE and Jeremy Vine and hosted by the Soldiering On Through Life Trust’s Patron, the Rt Hon Earl Howe, who welcomed the finalists, nominators and sponsors. The evening focused 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. Spectra Group (UK) Ltd was honoured to once again support the evening.


At the start of the evening the Prime Minister sent a message of support and recognition to all the Finalists. Theresa May said: “I am delighted to send a message of support for this year’s Soldiering On Awards. The event provides a fantastic platform to give recognition to the extraordinary achievements of our Service personnel, veterans and the groups, businesses and charities that support the Armed Forces community. Their efforts are invaluable and it is only right that their work is appreciated and celebrated”. She added: “I would also like to take this opportunity to recognise the sterling work of X Forces Enterprise and all you do to support our Armed Forces. Please extend my warmest wishes to all those attending. I am grateful for their ongoing endeavours to support those who defend our country and their families”.

The evening continued with a champagne reception and included a three-course banquet. An inspirational awards ceremony was followed by great entertainment to finish the evening, with a performance by the internationally acclaimed classical singer, Carly Paoli.

Spectra Group sponsored the Sporting Excellence category. This category recognises a person who has overcome their disability or injury to excel in the field of sport. There were 3 finalists nominated and the CEO of Spectra Group UK, Simon Davies, presented the award to the winner, Steve Crowley.

Steve is a former Welsh Guardsman, who lost a leg in an IED explosion in Iraq in 2010. Running became his rehabilitation and he set himself goals to help his recovery – from a 10km race, through marathons, to joining the GB Triathlon Team. He has won many gold and silver medals, including from the World Triathlon Championships. His next goal is to represent the UK at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo 2020.

 

Spectra CEO, Simon Davies, with Steve Crowley, the Rt Hon Earl Howe, Jeremy Vine and Vicki Michelle MBE after presenting the Sporting Excellence Award to winner Steve at the 2018 Soldiering On Awards.

Spectra CEO, Simon Davies, with Steve Crowley, Major General Rupert Jones, Jeremy Vine and Vicki Michelle MBE after presenting the Sporting Excellence Award to winner Steve at the 2018 Soldiering On Awards.

 

Winners were selected by a distinguished Independent Judges Panel, co-chaired by General the Lord Dannatt GCB CBE MC DL and Debra Allcock-Tyler, Chief Executive of the Directory of Social Change. The Soldiering On Through Life Trust encourages support for the UK’s Armed Forces Community by nationally recognising the achievements of groups or individuals supporting this community through the annual Soldiering On Awards.