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Our cutting-edge Global Innovation and Technology Centre is where we turn ideas into reality. It’s a place where our experts take our clients’ biggest challenges and help them with every step of the innovation journey, from prototyping to taking them to market.FIND OUT MORE
The right tools, skills and experience
Our Centre is home to more than 250 of the most innovative designers, scientists and engineers. They work on complex client challenges in a range of disciplines from mechanical engineering to new product design and launch strategies.FIND OUT MORE
We work with you to understand the real desires of your consumers, letting us invent compelling products, packaging and brand experiences. We have the skills and tools to take concepts from ideation to launch under one roof, including the development of the systems and machinery needed to manufacture at scale.
Whether you want to gain genuine consumer insights in our observatory, embrace new technologies in our labs, or test prototype designs and pilot scale production in our manufacturing bays, we can help. Our cross-sector, multi-disciplinary teams will work with you to efficiently deliver ingenious solutions that exceed consumer expectations.
Products we've developed
Our scientists and engineers are certified to design and manufacture medical devices. Coupled with our in-depth knowledge of the clinical and payer environments, that means we're uniquely placed to get innovative devices to market quickly.
Our clinical labs give us the space to innovate the underpinning biology, chemistry and physics, taking ideas through prototyping, regulatory approval and manufacturing. So whether you're an established player in healthcare and life sciences, or a start-up looking to disrupt the industry, we can help.
Products we've developed
OUR INNOVATIONS IN PRACTICE
We're driven by a desire to make a real impact through tangible innovation. And it's something we're very good at.Get in touch
BDR Thermea: developing an intelligent heating system to improve energy efficiency
BDR Thermea is one of the world's largest manufacturers of high-efficiency boilers, with annual revenues in the region of €1.7 billion. Faced with increasing competition from new technologies, the company announced plans to develop an intelligent heating system that would make it easier for customers to manage their energy consumption.
Our market research revealed that consumers often feel nervous about interacting with their boiler to manage the temperature of their home, and instead want a thermostat that is attractive and easy to use. Installers also want the lowest-risk installation process.
We designed two separate products – a consumer-friendly thermostat for home-owners and an installer interface for the boiler, focused on making the installation process as reliable as possible. In just nine months, PA's in-house design team developed both products to provide a fantastic user experience and meet demanding cost targets.
We're driven by a desire to make a real impact through tangible innovation. And it's something we're very good at.FIND OUT MORE
Ora: Innovative kitchen towel
We helped take the Ora kitchen towel from concept to supermarket shelf within 12 months. Ora has been designed to make using kitchen towels easier by layering single round sheets through an innovative stacking system. As there are no perforations, you simply lift off a sheet with one hand.
Each stack contains the equivalent of two traditional kitchen towel rolls held in a waterproof card base rather than on a roll. With no pre-existing equipment available, we developed a completely new manufacturing process at our Global Innovation and Technology Centre.
RENTOKIL INITIAL: Becoming a more data-driven business using the Internet of Things
Rentokil, a world leader in pest control, had spotted the potential of the Internet of Things to improve services. The company wanted to roll out connected traps (fitted with a sensor that sends a message whenever a trap needs clearing) to 15,000 customer sites in less than a year.
Working with our partner, Google, and using Agile techniques, our digital experts took just 12 weeks to develop and launch a new cloud platform to support the roll-out. The platform offers Rentokil infinite scalability for the future and, with this, the opportunity to explore new ways of using data to transform its business.
Monica Healthcare: Saving the lives of thousands of babies each year
Monica Healthcare specialises in creating innovative wearable devices that monitor the health of unborn babies at home and in the hospital. Its patented technology is based on the acquisition of electrophysiological signals, detected by cordless electrodes positioned on the maternal abdomen.
From these signals, caregivers can remotely monitor a number of critical parameters, including foetal position, foetal heart rate, maternal heart rate and uterine activity. As well as improving pregnancy outcomes, Monica's at-home technology can help expectant mothers avoid a lengthy hospital stay – reducing healthcare costs by millions of dollars.
Our technology experts are working with Monica to develop the next phase of the company's pioneering technology, which is expected to save the lives of thousands of babies each year.
Virgin Hyperloop One: Creating the first major new mode of transport in more than a century
Virgin Hyperloop One is developing the world's first hyperloop. With speeds two to three times faster than high-speed rail, hyperloop can reduce a 300 km commute to under 20 minutes. A pod, which can carry cargo or passengers, moves through a tube built under- or over-ground.
Our systems engineering and enterprise architecture experts have been working on the complex software and traffic control systems that will be needed. We've also given Virgin Hyperloop One the support to establish a robust road map for achieving their vision. Virgin Hyperloop One looks set to change the way we live, work and travel.
DRAYSON TECHNOLOGIES: Saving lives by empowering communities to tackle air pollution
According to a World Health Organization report, seven million deaths are attributed to air pollution each year globally. In the UK, air pollution contributes to 44,000 deaths annually (Royal College Physicians Report).
Drayson Technologies believes that people should have the tools to see what's in the air they breathe, and empowered with this information, be able to reduce their own exposure to air pollution and their own impact. The company conceived CleanSpace™, a portable personal air pollution sensor and app that gives you real-time personal data on your exposure and motivates you to choose non-polluting transport choices in return for rewards.
We helped Drayson develop CleanSpace™ from concept to market in accelerated timescales, by providing commercial insight, technology expertise and scalable resource. We co-developed the portable air-quality sensor, the smartphone application and the cloud-based internet services required to register new users, track journeys, integrate air quality data and manage the rewards system.
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