Do you need a reliable source of wireless radio link design and manufacturing skills?

Wood & Douglas designs and manufactures highly effective, high reliability RF solutions to satisfy radio communication applications across diverse worldwide wireless markets.

Wood & Douglas’ radio equipment enables voice, data and video wireless communications between people, machines and devices.  Solutions are flexible and robust, delivering remote wireless monitoring, management and control where wired communications is not physically or commercially viable.

An in-house highly skilled team design and manufacture radio equipment across four electronic production sites in the UK.  Wood & Douglas’ customers are predominately based in Emergency Services, Exploration, Healthcare, Homeland Security, Transportation and Utilities


Wood & Douglas: Wireless Designed; Wireless Developed; Wireless Delivered.


 

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Utilities

Businesses in the utilities market operate in an increasingly complex environment.

They need to ensure the security of remote assets, manage geographically diverse operations and plan and deliver reliable services over increasingly complex wired and wireless networks.

Radio transmitter and receiver products and services enable utilities to more effectively measure, monitor and control operations. Whether it is the remote monitoring of reservoirs and sub stations assets, or new technology energy monitoring and control, wireless communications enables utility companies to develop more effective and reliable infrastructure network services.

Wood & Douglas has worked with leading utility companies such as Thames Water, United Utilities and Western Power to develop and implement robust wireless services helping utility companies deliver a more effective and efficient business solution.

Homeland Security

The events of and since September 11th 2001 have and continue to reshape the security of the modern World. 

Governments across the globe have had to develop new and more effective means by which to protect their citizens.  Wireless communication has enabled new forms and techniques for intelligence gathering that were previously unimaginable.

Wood & Douglas work with a number of Homeland Security agencies around the world, helping them to develop new means of remotely monitoring, gathering and managing information using radio communication technology.

Wood & Douglas radio equipment is often deployed in extreme environmental conditions and will be expected to delivery HD quality video images, digital encryption, low quiescent standby power consumption with a low payload mass. 

These are complex and contradicting operational radio requirements, often life critical, and from demanding clients.

Emergency Services

Wireless technology has always been a critical resource for the emergency services.  Radio communications gives the absolute flexibility required by these life critical public services.

Wood & Douglas has enhanced their usage of the radio spectrum by providing specialist wireless transceiver hardware into key narrow niche areas.  Remote telemetry monitoring of fire crew breathing apparatus and major incident on scene real time video are typical examples of where our radio engineering skills have been successfully applied to give emergency services personnel the tools to do a more effective and safer job.

An increasing number of emergency services are consulting with Wood & Douglas’ radio engineers to develop new ways of communicating through wireless technology.  Our experienced team's primary objective is to create wireless connected services that deliver the reliability and flexibility that emergency services can trust.

Health Care

More than half of the population born today will live to the age of 100 or more. As the population ages, the need to manage serious but non-life threatening illnesses for longer will continue to grow. The healthcare market will rely on new thinking to develop smart solutions to the challenges of tomorrow.

Central to this new thinking will be the smart application of wireless technology to allow healthcare professionals to discretely monitor their patients whether in sheltered care or at home. Developments in wireless technology will ensure that people who need the support of medical staff receive it quickly and effectively.

Wood & Douglas has supported a number of RF enabled suppliers to this market with cost effect OEM radio communication connectivity for integration into wireless patient monitoring systems.  The Company’s high quality reliable radio equipment is ideally suited to creating new ways to care for the needs of the population in the 21st century.

Transport

By the end of 2010, more than 55% of the world’s population were living in cities. The increasing urbanisation of society creates new challenges for transportation within and between metropolises. Environmental concerns are also driving new transportation systems - to deliver a better experience more sustainably.

Wireless technology is heavily embedded in transportation.  Radio keyless entry lets you enter your car. Integrated public transportation systems provide wireless timetable displays. Traffic light priority signalling helps public transport flow smoother. The list for the application of radio is endless and growing.

Wood & Douglas’ RF engineers have designed and developed radio leading edge services for major players in the transportation industry. Radio transceivers deliver data messaging datagrams. COFDM digital video links provide real time high quality images for logistics and security.  Behind many key radio system suppliers, the communication engine is a Wood & Douglas wireless communication product.

Exploration Services

Mining, quarrying and offshore exploration for oil and gas remain critical industries for the provision of energy supplies, precious metals and other raw materials.  Exploration services take place in some of the most challenging and hostile environments where safety, security and reliability are essential prerequisites to successful projects.

Reliable radio communications can be extremely difficult in these circumstances, particularly underground, at sea or over vast radio propagation distances.  Wood & Douglas specialises in delivering wireless communications in such challenging RF environments.  Projects have included a high bit rate COFDM digital data links from ship to shore, video capture and delivery for the oil and gas industries,  radio telemetry transceivers for seismic survey and wireless perimeter fencing for large area open cast mine security.

Delivering critical wireless applications in such demanding environments requires intelligent RF design and rock solid radio implementation.  Wood & Douglas has proved its capability to combine creative wireless solutions with flawless RF execution.

M2M

Machine to Machine (M2M) communications is one of the fastest growing technology markets in the world. A diverse range of industries are adopting this network-based technology. According to research by Markets to Markets, the global M2M market is expected to grow 26.1% from 2012 to 2017 and be worth $85.96 billion.

M2M technology allows the transmission of data from one machine to another over a network. M2M is used primarily for remote monitoring, automation and notification. It is particularly helpful to monitor facilities that are geographically remote or difficult to access.

Since the deployment of the mobile phone networks, and the growth of other wireless technologies, there has been considerable interest in M2M technology. However the technology is not new. Connected sensors and devices have existed for many years and been an integral part of monitoring and measurement in a number of diverse industries. Nor is it true to say that M2M is only possible since the development of cellular networks. Any network can be used for M2M. However wireless networks are usually more suitable to the needs of the M2M market.

Wood & Douglas has deployed its wireless radio technology in a wide range of application to deliver a robust, reliable and fast network for M2M services to operate seamlessly. We have successfully installed our radio units across diverse industries from utilities and emergency services to homeland security and exploration services, working with some of the leading names in these respective sectors.

Q&A

What is Machine to Machine (M2M)?

In simple terms, M2M is the real-time transmission of data between machines over a wired or wireless network without interaction from a human. Generally, the captured data is then remotely collected, assessed and analysed.

What communications technology is used to create the network?

Any wired or wireless technology can be used as a channel for M2M communications. Typically wireless technologies are often used because M2M tends to be implemented to monitor remote or difficult to reach areas. Cellular, satellite and radio frequency technologies are all suitable for M2M communications.

What industries is M2M used in?

M2M technology is implemented in a diverse range of industries ranging from utilities, homeland security, emergency services, health care, transport, exploration services, plant and construction, oil and gas, digital media, exploration and mining to broadcast and retail.

What applications is M2M technology used for?

Wood & Douglas has deployed wireless technology into a wide range of M2M applications for industry. For example, we have strong relationships with the major utility companies in the UK helping them monitor waste water processes, detect leaks in underground water pipes, monitor reservoir levels, employ smart metering and manage faults on the national grid. We also work with major plants across the country in health and safety and delivering tidal information to determine the safe passage of cargo boats into estuary areas.

What data can be carried on an M2M network?

Typically M2M communications tend to be used for monitoring or measurement. A good example would be monitoring the volume of water in a reservoir. A water authority might measure the volume of water in a number of reservoirs over a wide area. This information would then be sent to a central control unit that could ensure that customer receive an uninterrupted water supply and ensure that, if one reservoir is below a certain level, another supplies the water.

This is just one application of M2M. It could monitor and measure anything from the speed of water flow to the volume of gas in an underground storage facility and from traffic congestion in a city to environmental measurements in the atmosphere.

Which technology is most suited to my M2M project?

This will depend entirely on the project. M2M communications can be achieved on cellular networks, local RF, satellite or even using short distance technologies such as Bluetooth. Each communications technology has its own challenges and opportunities (and costs). In order to understand which communications technology is right for your M2M project it is important to understand exactly what needs to be achieved.

Why adopt M2M technology?

M2M technology makes it easier to monitor, manage and action critical data.

M2M technology has three key benefits:

Speed: information can be transmitted and actioned quickly

Convenience: because M2M is automated, there is no need for human intervention, meaning that remote areas can be monitored without having to send people to physically measure.

Cost: M2M is highly cost effective

What next?

To understand how M2M technology can help you reduce costs and improve efficiencies, please contact us

News

28/10/2013 Wood & Douglas acquired by Ultra ElectronicsClick here

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08/10/2013 Radio waves keep Londonís shipping movingClick here

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