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11th July 2015: Optical communications R&D moves forward in new projects. TerOpta's expertise in photonic transmission and control of optical devices continues to play an important role in several research projects. The Innovate UK supported PIANO+ project 'OCEAN' was completed at the end of 2014 with a successful demonstration at Bangor University of OOFDM-based access network transceivers. More recently, TerOpta has begun working on two further Innovate UK supported collaborative projects. Project 'TEROPON' (Transceivers for Elastic Reconfigurable OOFDM-based Passive Optical Networks) is a 12 month feasibility study, led by TerOpta with Bangor University as the academic partner, which advances beyond the OCEAN project to explore software reconfigurable transceivers for Access networks. Concurrently, TerOpta is also a partner in a 12 month project to develop low cost tunable lasers for quantum experimentation, working alongside another UK-based start-up company in the telecommunications optics field.

13th December 2014: ASSEMBLE project website now live! See for details of the Innovate UK funded, TerOpta-led collaborative R&D project which is investigating low-cost Building Energy Management systems for small-medium commercial buildings.

3rd December 2014: TerOpta selected to enter discussions with Carillion on Building Energy Management as part of RBS Innovation Gateway. On November 25th, a number of innovators delivered their pitch to secure a trial with Carillion, BaxterStory and the University of Cambridge (Engineering Department). We are delighted that TerOpta was selected to enter detailed discussions with Carillion on how the TeroLight system can reduce costs and save energy across their sites.

24th October 2014: TerOpta attends Building Controls Show at Sandown Park, Esher. This show is an annual UK industry event, attended by many controls companies and those interested in how intelligent building control can save energy, reduce carbon emissions and improve living and working environments. The key messages at the show very much confirmed our view that TerOpta's technology is ideally suited to achieving these aims. Beginning with the TeroLight lighting control system, and (through the ASSEMBLE project - see 29th August) expanding into a full Building Energy Management System (BEMS), TerOpta will provide low-cost, easy to use technology suitable for small-medium commercial buildings. Many competitor systems on display at the show are much more suited to 'high-end' or prestigious developments due to their cost and complexity. In contrast, TerOpta's ambition is to make energy-saving intelligence ubiquitous in all buildings, even the most modest offices and workplaces. 

29th August 2014: Building energy management R&D project "ASSEMBLE", led by TerOpta, has held its formal kick-off meeting at the National Energy Foundation headquarters in Milton Keynes. The two year programme, part sponsored by Technology Strategy Board (now Innovate UK), will investigate low cost Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) for small-medium commercial buildings using TerOpta's "TeroLight" system as the initial platform. Other partners are: Costain, Monodraught (part of the Velux group), University of Nottingham and National Energy Foundation. 

26th August 2014: Mike Sharratt, TerOpta CEO, interviewed on camera about TeroLight system and RBS Innovation Gateway. In this interview, Mike describes the benefits to TerOpta of participating in the Royal Bank of Scotland's "Innovation Gateway" programme and also how the TeroLight intelligent lighting control system can benefit RBS and its customers.

14th August 2014: Article and video featuring TerOpta's innovative "TeroLight" product published by 2degrees. Following the shortlisting of TerOpta's intelligent lighting product on the Royal Bank of Scotland's "Innovation Gateway", an article and video describing the system has been published on the 2degrees community website. The 2 degrees community consists of 41,500 plus professional members who use their online platform to connect with one another to share best practice, access information and solve common sustainable business problems together. 

23rd July 2014: New RBS Innovation Gateway video features TerOpta. As part of the activities with RBS (see 30th June), the shortlisted companies were invited to a series of workshops, during which they were interviewed on camera about how they expected to benefit from the RBS Innovation Gateway.

30th June 2014: TerOpta shortlisted by Royal Bank of Scotland for inclusion in their flagship sustainability innovation programme, "The Next 75% Challenge". We are thrilled that the TeroLight system from TerOpta has been judged as fit for potential inclusion in pilot installations within the RBS estate (which consists of over 2500 buildings), subject to a final round of pitches, to be held soon. TerOpta had submitted an application via the RBS Innovation Gateway, which is designed to provide opportunities for small innovative companies to showcase their products in high-profile case studies and trials, as well as providing RBS with the opportunity to reduce energy costs and become a more sustainable business.


30th June 2014: TeroLight video now available. A 3-minute video describing the benefits and advanced features of the TeroLight intelligent lighting control system is now available here. 


30th June 2014: Successful "TeroLight" lighting system trial completed. TerOpta has recently completed a very successful field trial of the "TeroLight" lighting control system. The product was installed across a complete floor of an office building on a business park in the South Midlands, whilst commercial tenants continued to occupy the floor below. The system controlled over 60 standard fluorescent light fittings whilst providing many advanced features and flexibility, including remote access via the Internet. The trial lasted several months, during which the system has proved itself to be extremely reliable and robust in operation, as well as being simple to use. 


23rd April 2014: TerOpta wins "Future Energy Management" funding award from Technology Strategy Board. A consortium of companies led by TerOpta has been successful (subject to final grant offer conditions being met) in their bid to win funding as part of the "Future Energy Management for Buildings" collaborative R&D competition, organised by the UK’s innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board. The programme aims to accelerate new commercially viable ways to reduce overall energy consumption in existing buildings through improved energy management. TerOpta's partners in the new project will be: construction and civil engineering company Costain Group plc; Monodraught Ltd‎ (a High Wycombe-based developer of natural lighting, ventilation and cooling products); the University of Nottingham and The National Energy Foundation (an independent charity, established to encourage the more sustainable use and generation of energy). The new project, expected to commence within the next few weeks, will be called "ASSEMBLE - Adaptive SystemS for Energy Management in Buildings with Low cost and Enhanced usability", and will use TerOpta's "TeroLight" intelligent lighting product as the basis for development into a full energy management system for small to medium-size commercial buildings.

27th March 2014: Cleantech Innovate 2014 video now available. The recent presentation by TerOpta CEO, Mike Sharratt, at the high-profile Cleantech Innovate event can now be viewed here. This well-attended showcase event featured 38 short talks from new companies in the clean technology field and attracted many investors and potential buyers of green technology, as well as members of the press and other organisations. 


26th March 2014: "Internet of Things" Reception at House of Lords. TerOpta directors, Mike Sharratt and Paul Callan, were invited by Lord Erroll to attend a reception and panel discussion at the House of Lords on the future development of the "Internet of Things". The event, which took place yesterday, centred on "Driving secure IoT innovation to create smart services for citizens, companies and cities in the UK". TerOpta's in-building communication and control systems fit very much into the IoT concept, with their capability to gather and use sensor data to improve building operations and understand usage and maintenance requirements. 


18th March 2014: TerOpta becomes partner in PIANO+ project OCEAN. TerOpta has been invited to become a partner in the international research project "OCEAN" (OOFDM for Cost Effective Access Networks), which began in 2011 and will conclude in late 2014. The project seeks to develop technology for future high-bandwidth optical access networks using Optical Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OOFDM). The project consortium, led by Bangor University, includes partners from the UK, Germany and Israel, each developing a different aspect of the technology. TerOpta's expertise in optical system design, together with our wide experience in implementation of complex products, will enable us to produce a compact and portable integrated transceiver assembly, for the demonstration and show-casing of the technology. 


9th January 2014: TerOpta secures place at finals of UK competition to win exhibition space at CeBIT 2014 in Hanover. The competition was organised by the ICT KTN, UK Trade & Investment and techUK. TerOpta will present the "TeroLight" intelligent lighting solution at one of only two 'finals' events, where some of the most innovative SMEs in the country will compete to win a free place to exhibit on the UK pavilion at CeBIT 2014. CeBIT is one of the world’s leading technology events with over 230,000 visitors from more than 120 countries. In 2014, the UK will become CeBIT’s official partner country, giving UK companies a unique profile at this year’s event. There are five special themes at the show this year. TerOpta would exhibit as part of the "Smart Cities" theme. The finals event will take place on 16th January at techUK, St Bride Street, London.


21st November 2013: Earlier this week, at the "Buildings Better Connected" Collaboration Nation event organised by the Technology Strategy Board, Mike Sharratt, TerOpta CEO, presented the results of our recent feasibility study into in-building communication systems. The event also provided the opportunity to exhibit and demonstrate our "TeroLight" intelligent lighting, energy management and communication system. TeroLight, due to its low cost of installation and use of existing wiring to provide the communications infrastructure, allows advanced control and monitoring features to be installed into buildings which normally would not be able to benefit from these due to cost, e.g. general purpose commercial office buildings, retail premises, local authority buildings and any other cost-sensitive locations. It is especially suitable for refurbishment programmes.

4th November 2013: We are delighted that TerOpta has been invited to present our in-building communication and control technology at a major innovation showcase, Cleantech Innovate 2014, to be held on 13th February 2014 in the headquarters of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) at 1 Birdcage Walk, London. This annual event will feature just 40 of the UK's best green technology companies, all of whom have been pre-selected from a highly competitive field. The audience will include: investors seeking new investment opportunities in Cleantech; corporate buyers seeking green solutions and partnerships; media covering the sector and its trends; dealmakers from Law Firms and Accountancies. The key note address will be delivered by Greg Barker, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change at DECC, who said: “Cleantech Innovate 2014 is a great way for leading British entrepreneurs to share ideas and expertise and showcase their innovative low carbon designs."

4th November 2013: Following the successful completion of our feasibility study for in-building communication systems (see 5th August news item), TerOpta will be exhibiting and presenting results at a "Collaboration Nation" event linked to the "Buildings Better Connected" competition. The event will be held on 19th November 2013 at "The Studio" in Cannon Street, Birmingham and is organised by the Technology Strategy Board. Fifteen project teams, including TerOpta, will present the findings from their respective projects, showcasing the developments they have made in acquiring new knowledge and skills in integrating future infrastructure requirements into the very heart of buildings and communities. This will be an open event, so feel free to come along and talk to us. Details of all of the projects are available in the special directory created for the event.

4th November 2013: TerOpta now has a Twitter account! Follow us @teropta.

5th August 2013: We are very pleased to announce that TerOpta has been awarded funding by the Technology Strategy Board for a feasibility study, as part of the Technology Strategy Board's "Buildings Better Connected" programme. The overall programme will investigate technologies for integrating multiple, low-carbon systems within buildings, e.g. electric vehicle charging, intelligent climate controls, heat and power sharing and storage. The aim is to provide decentralised but interconnecting systems, whether at building or whole community scale. The ability to upgrade and retro-fit existing buildings is crucial to this strategy, as is the availability of a suitable communication technology, which can interconnect diverse types of products and systems within all buildings. TerOpta's innovative in-building control and communication system, utilised within our intelligent lighting platform, is a potential solution to this need. The three month feasibility study, beginning early-August, will determine how best to tailor our communication system to that end.

10th May 2013: TerOpta has had a paper accepted for publication at ICTON 2013 (International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks), which will this year be held in Cartagena, Spain on 23-27 June. The paper focusses on the work TerOpta is doing as part of the EU-funded "PIANO+" SEPIANet project (System-Embedded Photonics in Access Networks), which is running from mid-2011 to end-2013. The Abstract is as follows: "This paper examines the market drivers and architectural requirements for the evolution of Access Network PON "Head-End" equipment in the FP7 PIANO+ timescales and the implications for the internal backplane inter-connect capacities within such equipment. It then outlines the solutions proposed within the SEPIANet project to achieve these capacities and gives an interim view of the project achievements."

15th April 2013: One of TerOpta's directors, Darren Cox, has now left his role as COO in order to pursue other opportunities. We would like to thank Darren for his excellent contributions to TerOpta over the last three years and sincerely wish him every success in his new position.

8th March 2013: Over a hectic three-day period this week at EcoBuild 2013, Darren Cox (COO - pictured right at the show) and Paul Callan (CTO) took their places on the stand at the "Innovation Zone", hosted by MBE KTN. During the show, they demonstrated the innovative TeroLight intelligent lighting control system to many visitors. These included representatives of major organisations in retail and other commercial sectors, construction companies and installers, as well as academics and other professionals. Much positive feedback was received, with the product highly rated for its ease of installation and reconfiguration. As well as allowing many significant contacts to be made, the show also gave the opportunity to receive very valuable market feedback on the product concept.

7th February 2013: We are pleased to announce that TerOpta has been selected by the "Modern Built Environment" Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) to exhibit our innovative intelligent lighting product in their "Innovation Zone" at this year's EcoBuild exhibition and conference. This major event will be held on 5-7 March 2013 at ExCel, London. TerOpta is one of just 25 finalists in a national competition to find the best new or near-to-market technologies for sustainable buildings. Visitors will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite technology. The two best entries, one for the retail sector and one for the domestic market, will be invited by Marks & Spencer plc and The Facility architects, respectively, to take part in their own sustainability research and demonstration projects. Feel free to visit us on the MBE/KTN stand at the exhibition!

6th February 2013: Following last year's successful presentation at ICTON 2012, TerOpta's Systems Consultant, Richard Dorward, has once again been invited to submit a paper to this well-established international conference. ICTON 2013 (International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks) will this year be held in Cartagena, Spain on 23-27 June. TerOpta's paper will focus on the work we are doing as part of the EU-funded "PIANO+" SEPIANet project (System-Embedded Photonics in the Access Network), which is running from mid-2011 to end-2013. The proposed Abstract is as follows: "This paper examines the market drivers and architectural requirements for the evolution of Access Network PON “Head-End” equipment in the FP 7 PIANO + timescales and the implications for the internal backplane inter-connect capacities within such equipment. It then outlines the solutions proposed within the SEPIANet project to achieve these capacities and gives an interim view of the project achievements." This will be one of the main dissemination activities from the SEPIANet project, and is expected to generate significant interest from companies working in the field of optical access networks.

21st May 2012: In conjunction with Falcon Photonics Ltd, an optical start-up company based in the South West of the UK, TerOpta recently carried out a short, funded design study in the field of Free Space Optical Communications for use in the built environment. This project was partially funded by the Microelectronics section of iNets South West, after a successful bid in the iNet "Smart Buildings & Sustainable Environments" competition in late 2011. The project looked at how a very low cost free space optical transmission link could be constructed, which would be capable of transporting >1Gb/s data rates within and between buildings (residential or commercial) to support the anticipated huge increase in Internet access speeds expected in the next few years.

16th May 2012: Richard Dorward (TerOpta's Systems Consultant) and Paul Callan (CTO) have recently had an invited paper accepted for publication at the "14th International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks, ICTON 2012", which this year is to be held at University of Warwick, UK, July 2-5, 2012. The paper, entitled "Economic considerations for the electronic control of next generation multi-channel optical transceivers for the access network", draws on lessons learned from customer projects undertaken by TerOpta, as well as internal R&D. It will be presented in person by Richard Dorward as part of the "Market in Telecommunications" strand of the conference. The abstract states: "This paper examines the economic impact of the use of flexible and highly integrated electronic control for next generation multi-channel optical transceivers for the access network. Issues of size, cost and power consumption are reviewed, including the extended costs arising within the overall manufacturing process and customer usability of the final products. Generalised results are presented from studies carried out with optical device vendors by a new start-up communications systems company. The application of similar control technology to other optical network areas, such as free-space optics, LiFi and ‘smart’ lighting is also considered."

10th October 2011: TerOpta was an exhibitor and presenter at "Collaboration Nation 2011", a Technology Strategy Board event, held in the Business Design Centre, London, UK. This was a showcase for innovative technology projects and companies - winners, like TerOpta, of the Technology Strategy Board's feasibility study competition. The event brought together innovators and the funding community, to help bring new products to market. TerOpta demonstrated its new multi-channel optical controller system, aimed at next generation communications transceivers or multi-wavelength optical sensors utilising arrays of optical sources.

16th August 2011: TerOpta recently completed a Technology Strategy Board funded Feasibility Study on "Intelligent Control Systems for Next Generation Optical Access Transceivers". This project involved the creation of a demonstration platform including digital and analogue hardware, embedded software, optical devices and a Graphical User Interface. The system enables cost effective and compact control and monitoring of multi-wavelength optical arrays, used in Next Generation high bit-rate transmission and sensing applications. The platform will be showcased at the forthcoming TSB event, "Collaboration Nation 2011", to be held in London on 10th October 2011.

9-10 August 2011: Paul Callan (CTO) and Richard Dorward (Systems Consultant) travelled to Berlin for the inaugural plenary meeting of the EU-funded PIANO+ project "SEPIANet". This project will last two and a half years and will develop technology for high-speed, high-density optical interconnect for use in Next Generation Optical Access Systems. Partners include both large and small technology companies and a major research organisation, located across the UK and Germany. TerOpta will provide guidance and advice on systems-level aspects and help to define the optical specifications for the technology.

18th March 2011: In response to recent business wins, TerOpta has welcomed two new employees to the company. Mike Anderson will take on the role of ASIC/FPGA Development Manager, whilst Dave Harrold becomes Operations Manager. These additions are a key part of TerOpta's plans for the future and whilst their impact has already been evident we look forward to more as TerOpta moves forward.

28th February 2011: TerOpta has obtained approval, subject to final due diligence, for a publicly funded Feasibility Study under the Technology Strategy Board's "Technology Inspired Innovation" Competition. This research project will commence in May 2011 and will investigate the highly integrated controls required for next-generation optical access transceiver devices.

November 2010: TerOpta was successful, as part of a UK/Germany consortium, in attracting European funding in the area of ultra-fast broadband access research. The research project "SEPIANet" under the PIANO+ umbrella, starting in early 2011, will examine the requirements for and develop high bit-rate optical interconnections for use in board to board and short reach applications within optical access head-end equipment.

3-4 November 2010: TerOpta attended Photonex 2010 in Telford, the UK's annual Photonics industry exhibition and conference.

20th October 2010:  TerOpta's senior management attended, by invitation, the annual business briefing by Lord Digby Jones, former UK government minister and Director-General of the CBI (Confederation of British Industry). Lord Jones addressed the question, "What's the future for the UK economy?" and made a powerful case for investment in high-tech business and scientific and engineering research.

1st July 2010: Mike Sharratt, TerOpta CEO, gave an invited talk at the South East Photonics Network (SEPNET) event "Developments in Communications: Long Haul to Interconnects", organised in conjunction with the Photonics and Plastic Electronics Knowledge Centre. This group is part of the Electronics, Sensors and Photonics Knowledge Transfer Network, sponsored by the UK Technology Strategy Board. The event was hosted by Oclaro at its Caswell, UK research centre and was well received.