Wireless and Digital Services

By Chris George: Wednesday 26th April, 2017

Testing – Is it just a phase? (Part 1)

Testers have struggled for years with the perception that their role is largely unskilled, marked by repetitive, dull, negative activities; a role that is the nemesis of the software engineer; a role that is a stepping stone to other careers. As the industry shifts towards continuous delivery and deployment, the very role of the tester […]

By Richard Leyland: Thursday 6th April, 2017

Pi Wars 2017: We have a winner!

One of our talented team was a winner this past weekend, pulling off little robotic miracles at the Pi Wars 2017 event. Pi Wars is a robotics competition held each year to encourage children to get involved in programming and physical computing as well as to showcase the many capabilities of the Raspberry Pi. Pi […]

By Thomas Carmody: Tuesday 4th April, 2017

What does the future hold for parking technology?

Parking, eh? It may sound dull, it can infuriate, but it’s set to be an unlikely proving ground for many of the technologies that will soon smooth our way through modern life. Across the world we are well accustomed to using meters, machines, and tickets for parking, while avoiding wardens and enforcement services. Unlike many […]

Room interiors and lifestyle
By Michal Gabrielczyk: Friday 31st March, 2017

When is a Smart Home truly ‘smart’?

To date most connected home products have essentially been limited to souped-up remote controls, often only allowing users to control items in their home from an app. These are technical achievements, but it’s questionable whether we can really call this ‘smart’. Many solutions focus on just a small set of specific features, resulting in a […]

Car park
By Sabrina Blackwell: Thursday 23rd March, 2017

Teaching an old camera new tricks

Few things are as useless as CCTV cameras. Most are low-res, unwatched and unloved. What if I told you that we could turn a bog standard CCTV camera, simply a dumb feed from a camera that’s pointed at a car park that we’ve never even visited, into an automated parking monitor? Machine Vision and Machine […]

By Dr Dominic Crutchley: Wednesday 22nd March, 2017

Mesh networks and the search for the hard stuff

I really like hard problems, and so when people say ‘mesh networks’ to me, my mind is instantly drawn to the hardest problem I can think of: ‘Mobile Ad-Hoc Sensor Networks’. Mesh networking is an interesting thing. It comes in many guises, and has been lauded over the years as the solution to a wide […]

Image courtesy Deutsche Telekom
By Robert Milner: Monday 13th March, 2017

The hidden leap forward at MWC17

Remember when the iPhone 4S came out, back in 2011? If it’s all blurring into one, let me remind you. The media talk was all about the introduction of Siri, an improved camera and faster processing speeds. When Steve Jobs died the day after the phone’s launch, media interest followed this sad news, and the […]

Nokia 3310 - Stealing the show
By Paul Beastall: Thursday 9th March, 2017

Who will be the next Nokia or BlackBerry?

One of the biggest surprises from Mobile World Congress last week was the furore around the new Nokia 3310. Here we have a phone with no real internet connectivity, no touchscreen and a very low resolution camera. Despite the low specs, it is has undoubtedly stolen the limelight from the latest, greatest smartphone launches. Interestingly, […]

Our MWC17 team on the stand
By Derek Long: Monday 6th March, 2017

MWC17 – Tech progress behind the buzzword bingo

As I sit in my office this morning looking at the rain soaked car park I think back to the last few days spent at MWC17 in Barcelona. Was it really as excessive as I recall? Well there certainly were a lot of people there – 108,000 according to the organisers, which is a record. […]

Rust C++
By Mark England: Friday 10th February, 2017

Will C/C++ ever Rust away?

Since the 1970’s C (and later its derivatives like C++) have become the main programming languages used in systems and platform programming, but is that about to change? C/C++ came to dominate over other languages because it exceeds the 80/20 rule; with well written C/C++ you can get well over 80% of the efficiency of […]