City briefs: Synectics and Filtronic

Paul Webb
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Sheffield-based security and surveillance systems business, Synectics, has completed the first phase of a project worth more than £1.5m for West Midlands Police.

This is to equip the force’s Event Control Suite with a comprehensive video management solution ahead of the Commonwealth Games which is being held in the region next year.

The solution, based on Synectics’ Synergy command and control software platform, will eventually integrate video feeds from thousands of cameras through disparate systems at over 30 sites – which include local authorities, sporting venues, transport hubs and retail centres – into a single management platform.

It will improve operational efficiency and situational awareness across the region.

Synectics’ Security division has been working with West Midlands Police throughout the design and delivery phase and will continue to develop the control room solution into the Company’s next financial year, as well as providing ongoing support and maintenance.

The new Event Control Suite will be fully operational later this year. 

As well as being the base for all operational co-ordination for the Commonwealth Games in 2022, the site will also be the future Force Control Centre and command suite for the co-ordination and control of major incidents and events in the West Midlands in the coming years. 

Paul Webb, chief executive of Synectics, said: “We are delighted West Midlands Police has chosen to work with Synectics on this project, recognising the deep market knowledge, as well as the design and delivery capability, of our Security division.

“The ability of our Synergy platform to provide deep integration to legacy systems provides a seamless, cost-effective and future-proof way for operators and agencies to implement a modern command and control platform without the need to replace existing systems.

“Synectics’ Synergy platform has been successfully deployed at London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the London Stadium for a number of years, and, more recently, was selected by City of London Police for its central control room as part of the City’s Secure City Programme.”

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Shipley-based communications products business, Filtronic, says its trading performance in the opening months of the 2022 financial year shows a healthy improvement on the prior year.

In a trading update published today, the company says it remains confident of delivering results for the full year in line with market expectations.

It adds: “We continue to focus our activities on the strategic objective of broadening the customer base and markets we serve and were pleased to announce the recent contract win with a leading over-the-air US RF company for $0.8m.

“The pandemic made new customer acquisition more challenging but with the easing of travel restrictions, the Group has exhibited at several industry trade events in the last two months and is in advanced discussions to further expand the indirect channels to market in both Europe and the USA.”

 Filtronic will announce its half-year results for the six months ended 30 November 2021 on 8 February 2022.

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