Sci-Tech (POB) Ltd

a technology company focussing on tracking in hazardous environments

Founded in 2008 by

  • Christine Edwards

  • Peter Hall

Incubation period

01-09-2011 to 28-02-2013


About Sci-Tech (POB) Ltd

Sci-Tech (POB) Ltd is a technology company, focussing on tracking in hazardous environments. We are a design house, expert in embedded systems (integrated hardware and software systems) and all aspects of software development. We transfer satellite positioning into maritime and remote environments, to make these places safer for the people who work and play there.

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The challenge

Coastal and maritime tourism is the largest maritime activity in Europe, and is continuing to grow. Visitors to European coasts include swimmers, snorklers, leisure boaters, divers, windsurfers, jetskiiers, kayakers, canoeists, and other watersports enthusiasts. Our challenge is to increase the safety, confidence and enjoyment of these water users in what is a potentially dangerous environment.
Global safety solutions have focussed on the safety of vessels at sea, and have tried to bring this solution to the individual. These systems are for emergency use only, working via communications satellites to initiate search and rescues from remote centres, and take a long time to initiate. There is no appropriate solution that can monitor individuals on or in the water, and to bring them localised help quickly if they get into difficulties off the shore, out of reach of the mobile phone networks. There is no preventative solution that can avoid an emergency.

The solution

We have designed a rugged tracking system for use in extreme environments, continuously tracking and monitoring its users and generating an alert in the event of difficulties. We have a prototype system for water users that has been extensively and successfully trialled by divers. It can continuously track them, and enable localised assistance as need arises. It is a non-emergency system, an aid to safety that is a preventative that can avoid or reduce the number of emergencies, and their consequences, including reducing Search And Rescue call-outs and reducing strain on hospitals and other emergency services.