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Partnership with Seven Technologies Group Limited graded Outstanding

Published: Tue 22 Jul 2014

A partnership based at the University of Bradford has received a top grade.

The University’s Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Seven Technologies Group Limited received an outstanding grading by the Technology Strategy Board.

The KTP was led by Professor Raed Abd-Alhameed in the University's School of Engineering and Informatics and supported by Dr Steve Jones and Dr Jim Noras. 

A Knowledge Transfer Partnership is a relationship formed between a company and an academic institution ('Knowledge Base' Partner), which facilitates the transfer of knowledge, technology and skills through an associate employed to work in the company.

In this case, the University worked with Seven Technologies Group, who is a leading international provider of advanced covert tracking and location systems to governments and their agencies, allowing vital intelligence to be gathered to support their operations in combating terrorism and organised crime.

The project aim was to expand the capability of specialist communication systems and develop, implement and test new energy-efficient coding, signal processing methods and hardware innovations. The project has been very successful from both the company’s perspective and the University’s, bringing tangible results in terms of product designs and ideas, and in transferring expertise to engineers within the company.

Simon Marker, Research and Development Director at Seven Technologies:  “We received great support from the University, enhancing our knowledge base throughout the development cycle of these research areas, but also practically, including use of the measurement facility for evaluating operation performance of the proposed diversity antenna system. There were many important and insightful discussions and suggestions to the technical difficulties encountered, with a relaxed yet focussed atmosphere developing throughout.”

Professor Raed Abd-Alhameed said: “We have gained experience of real product design problems and have developed new skills and knowledge related to the technology in this KTP project. As a consequence, new areas in academic research and teaching have been defined and derived from this partnership. Both partners will continue to work together.”

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