Plextek, the Cambridge-based electronics and communications design consultancy, has launched a range of strategic consulting activities to cover environmental advice and evaluation. Plextek is now able to help clients in communications equipment and services markets to evaluate technology options that both benefit the environment and make sense economically. A commercial advantage can also be generated thanks to the current dynamic regulatory environment.
Organisations are faced with many demands and choices arising from the growing awareness of the linkage between human activity and climate change. Governments have adopted ambitious carbon reduction and other environmental targets and are in turn placing obligations on manufacturers to comply with product energy consumption limits and reduce the use of hazardous materials. Network operators would also like to minimise energy use in order to bring down running costs and behave in an environmentally responsible manner. All organisations can therefore benefit from having a coherent environmental policy across the board.
Dr Graham Maile, Director of Strategic Consulting at Plextek comments: “Plextek’s consultancy services help clients to evaluate the many specific issues that arise within the context of their business such as: How do I choose between technologies in order to save costs and minimise the carbon footprint of my products and services? What is the best architecture for my network, taking costs and the environment into account? What should my technology migration strategy be from an optimum whole-lifecycle perspective? Are there business opportunities for my company arising from the application of communications systems and services to actively mitigate negative environmental impacts? Armed with answers to these questions, our clients are better placed to make well informed decisions.”
Working closely with the organisation on individual topics or on an overarching strategy, Plextek brings to every assignment its understanding of environmental impacts, along with its wide experience of the communications industry, technologies and innovation. This includes experience of energy saving communications solutions successfully brought to market such as smart utility metering and street light control / monitoring systems using Plextek’s proprietary UNB low power, long range radio technology.
About Plextek Limited
Based near Cambridge, UK, Plextek was established in 1989 and has grown to be one of the largest independent electronics and communications design facilities in Europe. It provides innovative design of complex communication systems and devices for a wide range of companies from technology start-ups to multi-national engineering conglomerates, and also undertakes supply of the finished products. Plextek operates across the telecoms, automotive, medical and defence sectors. In addition to supplying a range of its own security products (Blighter Ground Surveillance Radar), the company prides itself in providing an outsourced resource of highly experienced, multidisciplinary engineering skills to organisations that require challenging electronics design projects to be delivered within competitive time and cost constraints. Business services include strategic consulting, technology studies, product and concept design, introduction to manufacture and full contract manufacturing. Its 300 clients encompass a range of global organisations, from BAE Systems, the UK MoD, QinetiQ and Raytheon to TDK and Sony. Plextek also supplies automotive security products to both LoJack Corporation and TRACKER Network (UK) Ltd. In 2008, Plextek made its inaugural appearance in the 2008 Sunday Times Tech Track 100 list, and in April 2009 became the proud recipient of two Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, for Innovation and International Trade.