Smart Meter Development
Eastyoke’s client is a global leader in metering solutions for the electricity distribution industry. The client has used Eastyoke interim managers to lead the development of new smart meters for the residential marketplace. The development programme’s objective was to deliver a reliable automated meter reading (AMR) and wireless telemetry solution in a robust, low cost unit suitable for high volume (>1m units) manufacture. The system had to meet stringent European safety & regulatory requirements and had to be integrated with the underlying comms and customer database infrastructure. The development programme was completed successfully and the units are currently being delivered to a major utility company for deployment to consumers in the UK.
The programme supports the UK government’s drive to improve energy efficiency, reduce energy costs and contribute to a sustainable use of resources.
Flexible Displays R&D
A well known global electronics corporation chose an Eastyoke Contract Project Manager to run a TSB* sponsored three-year research programme to develop next generation flexible electronic displays.
These displays create bright and powerful images and drain less battery power than conventional LCDs.
*The Technology Strategy Board (TSB) – recently renamed as Innovate UK – is a business-led public body established by the UK Government. Its role is to promote and support research into, and development and exploitation of, technology and innovation for the benefit of UK business, in order to increase economic growth and improve the quality of life. It is sponsored by the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS).
Pay TV / IPTV / VoD
Our client develops and markets digital TV technologies (eg IPTV) and applications (eg Video on Demand) for telecoms network operators and service providers worldwide. They selected an Eastyoke Interim Manager to turn around a late-running development programme. This programme involved the development of a new digital entertainment system for large hotel chains. The technology scope included set top box development, content (eg movies) storage and download, conditional access and payment systems.
Once the development phase was complete, the client asked Eastyoke’s project manager to stay on for a further 6 months to plan, organise and implement the roll out of the new system across a well known chain of European budget hotels. Installation in the hotels involved liaising with multiple parties including the customer (ie hotel chain) corporate HQ, hotel estate management, building services contractors, etc.
All in all, Eastyoke’s Project Manager worked with the client for 15 months, successfully turning around the development programme and ensuring the system was delivered to the lead customer on time and within budget.
Eastyoke supplied a contract programme manager to oversee the development of a military avionics programme involving the delivery of several hundred high value assets associated with guidance and flight data logging systems. Our programme manager – as the customer’s primary point of contact – was responsible for all design, manufacturing, budgetary and schedule matters, as well as regulatory approval and accreditation. A number of technical issues arose, particularly around the data logging system, but with careful risk management and mitigation, these were successfully overcome.
Eastyoke project managers have delivered several electronics development programmes for tier 1 automotive suppliers. In particular, we have provided interim project managers to lead engineering teams engaged in the development of ECUs, instrument clusters and infotainment systems, electrical distribution systems and connected car systems.
Typically, projects have involved planning and directing the work of software, electronics, mechanical, quality and test engineering teams, often across multiple sites and timezones. Risk management and regulatory compliance has always been at the forefront of the planning and reporting processes.
Eastyoke project managers have led a number of projects for the development of electronic medical devices for US and European biotechnology and healthcare businesses. NPD / NPI programmes in this sector have included the development of RF-enabled point of care and laboratory diagnostic equipment. We understand the critical enabling technologies, including sensors, signal processing, control systems, automated assembly & test – and we are familiar with the associated regulatory regimes and quality standards.
One of our most recent assignments in this area involved the development of chemical agent detectors for use in homeland security applications. We supplied an interim project manager whose task was to ensure the product met the expectations of a very demanding customer while also fulfilling the business objectives of the supplier.