Applied analysis & Experimentation

Applied analysis & Experimentation

Enabling informed decision making when managing technology acquisition.

Roke helps its clients to realise their business or operational goals by reducing the risk and cost associated with the introduction of new technologies.

We will work with you to provide a clear understanding of how technology can help, together with the vulnerabilities which may be exposed if a new technology is not exploited. In some cases the introduction of new technologies is not necessary, and here we can also advise where benefits can be gained by changing processes in order to get the most out of existing technologies.

What We Do

We can help throughout the entire technology development lifecycle, or support at any point along the technology development value chain to best meet your needs. Whichever point you're at, we will always ensure you are provided with the scientific rigour and corresponding evidence to inform your decision making.

Capability Analysis

Roke works with your organisation to understand the business as-is status and identify where technology adds value we couple this with our horizon scanning and technology roadmapping capability to ensure you stay at the leading edge of the acquisition curve ready to exploit the performance enhancement or capitalise on your new found market position.

Concept Development

We can rapidly prototype or systematically design candidate solutions before testing and evaluating the feasibility of a solution and to ensure it supports the objectives of your business case. Our assessments can be conducted using a wide range of techniques from modelling to live trials in order to accommodate your needs and budget that will withstand investment and technical scrutiny alike.

Business Case

We support our clients in making a case for change and will help you to develop a compelling business case. This includes helping you to understand the art of the possible and the potential risks that could be introduced.

Delivery

Once a decision to proceed with your acquisition is made we will work either as the systems integrator or as part of a best athlete team to develop the optimal solution that meets your requirements. We will then provide the necessary support to ensure you get the most from the solution during its intended lifetime.

Through Life Optimisation

We will work with you to either extend the viable lifetime of a solution or enhance the overall effectiveness of your process by recommending non technology based options such as training, logistics and infrastructure.

Whilst robust and well proven to deliver high quality science based evidence, our processes can be tailored and adjusted to meet your specific budget and needs whilst retaining our renowned technical integrity.

Our Background

Roke have many years' experience supporting governments and commercial organisations to maintain their technological lead and understand the vulnerabilities created by third party exploitation of technologies. As a result we are very familiar with government business case methodologies.

We are recognised as thought leaders in the exploitation of new technologies in:

  • Communications and securely sharing intelligence in a high tempo, dynamic environment
  • Cyber and RF effects that may be exploited
  • Complex real time data analysis and corresponding decision making processes
  • Optimisation of sensor systems to provide situational awareness

Case Studies

Dismounted Close Combat Sensors (DCCS)  

This is a 3 year research programme sponsored by Dstl's Integrated Sensing team to develop novel solutions in 3 areas of situational awareness; geolocation and orientation, enemy detection and collaborative target handoff. Initially by engaging with a worldwide technology trawl for these three areas, a down-selection of potential technologies was agreed with an embedded customer team and funding was allocated to progress the varied technologies to a level initially to demonstrate the capability but eventually to integrate into a DCCS man worn system. The DCCS man worn system was the next challenge, as no power and data distribution system existed in the market that fulfilled the criteria – high bandwidth, low integration effort, low latency data delivery, core open computational availability, 5-16V protected power delivery from a central battery and most importantly the flexibility to swap in and out sensors for effective trialling. The team designed and built the DCCS On-The-Man (OTM) system to fulfil this very purpose. The final portion of the project was to conduct rigorous trialling of the kit (both the OTM system and the maturing technology that fitted on it). Through a cyclic programme 4 phases of development were conducted that enabled the team to trial the outputs from the development teams in a progressive manner from initial standalone performance to the fightability and utility of the integrated OTM system.

Land Environment Tactical Communications and Information Systems (LE TacCIS)  

MoDAF compliant architectures are important for the UK's MoD to develop its next generation LE TacCIS. By exploiting Roke's rich communications heritage, we have been able to support UK MoD's Army HQ and DE&S delivery teams over a number of projects by incrementally developing coherent credible architectures that demonstrate different technological solutions and security issues of LE TacCIS. As a result of which, UK MoD was able to select the right solutions for their operational needs.

Urban Warrior 5  

UK MoD senior decision makers were missing an evidenced knowledge base of how Communications and Information Systems (CIS) and Surveillance and Target Acqisition (STA) lead to better mission outcomes. Roke led an eight year cross industry and academia collaborative research programme that developed a suite of novel and innovative simulations and trials covering radio and networking technology, display technologies, human cognitive function and decision making. This resulted in a series of desk officer briefing packs and advanced technology showing the relationship between technology and capability - all underpinned by an evidenced understanding of technology and its impact on decision making. UK MoD has been exploiting these findings and approaches covering issues such as: application provision on Dismounted Situation Awareness, Command and Control and Situational Awareness impacts from CIS and STA technology for Army HQ's URBAN WARRIOR 5

Land Environment Science and Technology (LE S&T) Watch  

The British Army needs to understand what technologies will be able to contribute to their future capability. This project also aimed to provide detailed understanding of technologies that could help meet gaps in capabilities. A review of information from a variety of sources including journals, papers and SMEs was conducted. This was then translated into a variety of reports focussed at the end user (Army HQ), these communicated the technologies that could be of use as well as the surround details, inc cost, TRL etc. The approach was developed using the questions posed by the customer as a guideline, consequently for each question that was answered. During this reporting process the customer regularly generated further detailed question which then guided the next phase of work. This provided the Army with a detailed understanding of how future capabilities could exploit technology that is either available today or currently in development, or academic research which may be available in the 2040 timeframe as a COTS product. This has allowed for a greater oversight of commercially available technologies as well as the commercial process that these companies follow, and informed the Army of areas where they may need to invest, and also where industry is likely to provide the investment.

Decision Support

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If you are concerned by the unknown risks and costs associated with the introduction of new technologies then please contact us to find out how we can ease the technology adoption process.