We are a global technology company focused on providing systems, components and solutions that protect electronics from electromagnetic interference and heat, and that enable connectivity in mission-critical wireless applications and antenna systems.
Our aim is to be a trusted partner to our customers by delivering problem-solving solutions through Innovation, Reliable Fulfilment, and Speed.
‘We now have an excellent platform from which to develop our business’
Dr Martin Read, CBE
‘Three years ago we set out to create a business that could achieve year-on-year growth’
David Lockwood, OBE
‘Our strong balance sheet provides solid foundations on which to both grow and diversify our business’
Chief Financial Officer
Billions of people using billions of things, billions of times a day, creates real challenges for networks and devices. Cell towers simply can’t deliver the ever-increasing bandwidth that so much Internet activity requires, particularly in high density areas such as airports and stadia. So our antennas expand bandwidth and coverage, ensuring uninterrupted communications in any conditions. In addition, the ‘always-on’ nature of devices creates thermal issues that impair connectivity. Our shielding solutions provide optimum temperatures, making sure that devices always perform at their best.
With a reputation for being first to prototype and first to manufacture, we help OEM’s be first to market in order to seize competitive advantage in a sector that will be worth $9bn by 2020.
SVP, Engineered Thermal Solutions
SVP, Infrastructure Antenna Systems
Smartphones in existence
Mobile devices are the hubs of the new, connected world. Today, there are 4.3bn smartphones in existence. That’s set to rise to 5.1bn in 2017 – equivalent to 80% of the world’s population.
The functionality of phones and devices such as wearables increases with each generation. And the success of our customers depends on their ability to constantly innovate and design products that are smaller, lighter, more reliable and more desirable. At Laird, our opportunity is to use our RF knowledge and skills to enable our customers’ futures, helping them add value to their products – at speed, with complete confidence and backed by unrivalled support.
SVP, Performance Materials
Machine-to-machine connections by 2018
For industry, productivity is everything. Not only when measured by metrics such as volume and cost, but also in terms of wastage, safety and how assets are utilised. By 2018, there will be 7.1m machine-to-machine connections in industry. And that figure is growing at a compound annual growth rate of 23%. Some analysts forecast that by 2025, companies that adopt EIoT will be at least 10% more profitable than those that don’t.
Working closely alongside customers in sectors such as aerospace, automotive and oil & gas, our technology is enabling industrial-strength connectivity in dense, complex signal and extreme environments – powering communications and data that accelerate critical workflows.
SVP, Wireless Automation and Control Solutions
Ageing populations, increasing hospital admissions and rising costs mean that healthcare services worldwide are seeking new approaches to efficiency. EIoT is an integral part of the solution, with estimates indicating that it will be worth $2.5tn in the medical sector by 2025. We’re helping medical OEMs realise their vision of the connected hospital – a world without wires where staff can monitor patients effectively across a secure network, even when those patients are mobile. Designed for the harshest of environments, our embedded Bluetooth modules and Wi-Fi enabled devices are already driving increases in productivity, efficiency and patient outcomes.
SVP, Model Solution
SVP, Connectivity Solutions
Connected cars on the road by 2020
Imagine a world where accidents reduce because cars are communicating with each other and with road infrastructure… where manufacturers carry out diagnosis wirelessly while you’re on the move… and where truck and rail fleets are managed safely and efficiently by remote control.
Increasingly, people expect cars to deliver the same connected experience as home and work. By 2020, we estimate that there will be 250m connected cars on the road, driving an automotive connectivity market valued at $38.7bn. The global leaders in shark fin antenna technology, we’re already helping many of the world’s manufacturers build connectivity into their vehicles. The transport sector is already connecting like never before – and the pace is only going to quicken.
Michael Chang, IAS, Asia Pacific region
Working closely with our systems integrator partners, we helped transform the bandwidth throughout Terminal 1 of Taiwan’s Taoyuan International Airport. Our team’s extensive RF experience, core focus on telecoms and proven technology made us the natural partners in what is a very prestigious project for the airport and the country itself.
Situated on 130 ceiling and 10 directional antennas, our advanced 3G/4G LTE technology is not only enabling travellers and airport workers to make the most of the EIoT – it is also at the heart of the airport authority’s ambitious expansion plans.
CNN business travellers ranked Taoyuan as their fourth favourite airport in 2015. Now the aim is to move further up the league tables, with the telecoms performance a key factor in the drive to establish Taoyuan as Asia’s airport of choice.
Jen Sarto, LSR
Our LSR business is helping to bring new sensations to visually impaired people by helping them to ‘see’ their surroundings for the first time. Based on an intra-oral component that sits on the tongue, users report the sensation as pictures that are painted on the tongue with tiny bubbles.
The role of the design studio team at LSR was to work with Wicab Inc to create a look and feel that would deliver a positive user experience for the company’s BrainPort® device. Our input was critical to the ergonomics, industrial design and mechanical engineering of the headset as well as the intra-oral device. Drawing on our extensive experience with human factor design and new product development – everything from razors and baby strollers to treadmills – we have helped create a product that is both user friendly and discreet.
Dan Dimich, Telematics & M2M
Car theft is a huge and growing problem in Brazil. In 2012, the nation had the highest car theft rate among 34 countries, with 140 of every 10,000 vehicles stolen*.
Quanta is a leader in the development and manufacture of tracking devices – and our LT-100 tracker was the perfect choice because its high level of reliability enables finance companies to locate the vehicle at all times. Easy to install, unobtrusive and requiring no input from the driver, the LT-100 is a completely stand-alone product housed in a compact plastic enclosure.
However, in this instance the customer requirements extended beyond a high performance solution. Quanta prefers to partner only with local suppliers, so our strategic decision to bring our engineering and production closer to our telematics customers in Brazil was extremely timely. We have now built a brand new state-of-the-art engineering, design and manufacturing facility outside São Paulo – and are looking forward to playing our part in helping to recover stolen cars across Brazil.
*Report by Secured By Design Ltd., a UK-based consultancy specialising in vehicle security.
Danny Sung, Model Solution
Education, job opportunities, health information and more are all denied to 75% of the world’s population simply because they can’t afford computer technology.
Our Model Solution business is helping to transform lives by supporting Endless Computer in its mission to provide affordable personal computers to people in the developing world. The key challenge faced by Endless was how to persuade investors to buy into something that was just an idea.
In only seven days, we built a working model based on a refined 3D CAD model and working printed circuit board assembly provided by Endless. This was used to showcase the company’s concept to potential investors – and led to Endless receiving more than $176,538 in funding in just one month. Backed by our skills and supported by new funding, Endless is now able to transform the lives of countless people, worldwide.
Greg Janke, Connectivity Solutions
Our connected medical value proposition has gained support from a range of healthcare customers and we have played a key role in the development of wireless infusion pumps. Building on this track record, we worked with a leading healthcare supplier to incorporate our wireless platform in new areas including patient monitors and high tech hospital beds.
With our technology acting as a conduit, these devices send data on critically important functions direct to the hospital communications infrastructure – securely and with total reliability, even when patients roam around the hospital. Heartbeat, blood pressure and other critical functions from patient monitors… temperature, weight, moisture levels and other patient data from beds… all this information and more is instantly available to staff, without wires.
For hospitals, access to accurate and real-time data can lead to an improvement in decision making and lower costs, because our proven technology removes the need to overlay several different wireless networks to ensure 100% connectivity.
For patients, the outcome is greater safety, improved treatment and the knowledge that our secure network is protecting their data at all times.
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