This project was a communications system for military and security markets. The military, coastguard and security services around the world are making increasing use of Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) equipment, where it is available and meets the operational and environmental requirements. In this case available equipment did not meet all our clients’ requirements, and the application did not need secure procedures for its development. The environmental specifications were challenging, but we were able to develop a bespoke architecture, custom circuit boards, firmware and software, using “off the shelf” semiconductors and materials.
Challenges included the combination of extreme environmental specifications and a cost sensitive market.
Achievements were summed up by the client’s observation that the main selling point was not the feature set that they had foreseen and specified but the flexibility of the system to implement those that they had not foreseen.