Here at JET Engineering Systems Solutions, we are extremely delighted to announce our invitation to join one of the UK’s leading tech accelerators. Based at Malvern Hills Science Park, Worcestershire, BetaDen provides a holistic, effective, and proven platform to help ambitious next-gen technology companies flourish and achieve the next stages of their growth.


The fact that BetaDen is co-located with one of the UK’s first 5G testbeds makes this new partnership even more ideal for JET, as we continue development and deployment of the UK’s first 5G at sea mesh communications network.


Furthermore, the emphasis that BetaDen places on supporting Industry 4.0 and IoT technologies aligns exactly with our vision to enable those types of operations in both the littoral and open sea environment. Leveraging the vast amounts of mission critical data that cutting edge applications produce, such as autonomous platforms, meteorological and environmental modelling, improved risk projections, aquaculture optimisation, and renewable energy installations, requires the bandwidth and low latency capabilities of 5G.


Joining BetaDen as part of their fourth cohort will also provide us with access to the full scope of support that a rapidly growing start-up like JET requires. An eco-system of mentors, academics, and investors networked into the business community will position JET strongly at the forefront of the emerging technologies landscape.”


“It’s hard to think how we could have planned it any better” suggests Andy Crouch, BD Director and Co-Founder at JET “BetaDen ticks boxes for ensuring our aggressive growth path that we hadn’t ticked yet. The BetaDen team provide a comprehensive support structure that will identify and help us plug any gaps across all areas of our business operations and planning. We expect to learn a lot that will assist long-term with our ongoing resilience. Throw in the funding and investor network that BetaDen provides and we remain immensely optimistic that our time in Malvern will witness great advancement for JET.


“The location is also ideal,” continues Andy “As we grow our footprint along the south coast, it has always been our intention to connect up the whole of the UK coastline and our desks at BetaDen provide the perfect base to continue to do just that. On a personal note, I spent much of my childhood walking the Malvern hills when my father was stationed here working on high-tech communications in the 1980’s. I look forward to walking the hills again with the team and mulling on this synchronicity.”


Linda Smith, BetaDen CEO and Founder, commented ,”We are thrilled with the quality and aspiration of applicants that applied to join our fourth Cohort programme, and JET Engineering System Solutions is a prime example of that. Worcestershire’s network is fast becoming a hotbed for emerging technology talent and we identified JET’s potential of growth right away.  Their applications with 5G and Industry 4.0 will literally change how we do things ‘coast to coast’ and we are proud to be a part of that by doing exactly what our tagline states, ‘Providing ‘real help for real tech’”.


“It will be a positive endorsement for Worcestershire’s investment to see this early-stage company accelerate over the nine-month programme and bring their ideas to commercial reality. I look forward to seeing the progress and the achievements that JET will make in their new home at Malvern Hills Science Park”.


We were supposed to write this update about JET’s progress last month, but it was just not possible due to the almost constant ringing of the phone or pinging of new emails. That is perhaps a little melodramatic, but we remain very humbled and excited to say that it’s not far from the truth. That’s why we’ve taken a morning off to take stock of exactly where we are, what JET has achieved since the end of last year, and what the future might look like. Hang on….




So, back in November we talked about winning our first contract 2 months after standing the company up. This was for 3 of our low-profile 5G enabled Surf Condition Monitoring System (SCMS) buoys to be deployed along the beautiful Jurassic Coast as part of the DCMS funded 5G RuralDorset Connected Coast project. It was a very exciting win for JET, and now we’re equally excited as it’s only a couple of weeks until we’ll be deploying the first SCMS buoy into Lulworth Cove. Which will make it the first 5G enabled buoy at sea in the UK. A great result for us and our partners.




A great idea like #5GatSea is nothing without some equally important ingredients. You need a team of seriously awesome and capable individuals who don’t know how to spell “impossible” and when they try they seem to come up with phrases like, “I have an idea.” and, “Just done it”. We have one of those teams which has grown bigger in the last two weeks.


We’d like to introduce Emma Kellaway and Joshua Gardener. Emma has joined to provide project management expertise and Joshua will be leading efforts to secure the funding to match our ambitious growth strategy. It’s great have them onboard and we can’t wait to actually meet them.


Due to the remote nature of work at this time, and with our team spread across the south of England (Kent, Dorset, Cornwall, and the Isle of Wight) and with new office spaces opening in Plymouth and Malvern, many of our team have yet to properly meet. This now familiar enforced remote working dynamic has been challenging but we feel that we’ve managed it well.




Whenever possible, we will continue to manage multi-site operations remotely from strategically placed work sites, increasing the reach of our streamlined team and minimising environmental impact.


Other critical ingredients are cash and resource support. And this brings us back to the phone calls as we have been lucky enough to be on the receiving end of some very productive ones from some very compelling organisations, some of whom have become highly valued clients, partners, and supporters. Hence why we are opening an office in MBTC’s Oceansgate in Plymouth, which has recently been awarded Freeport status and is awash with other innovative organisations pushing forward the boundaries of technology at sea. We are also counting down the days until our in-situ partnership with Malvern’s BetaDen tech accelerator starts, as we know we still have lots to learn and these guys know most of it.




Which we believe is vital if you want it to have genuine traction in the business environment. Actually, we’ll just mention it here as we have a short white paper coming out about that in the not-too-distant future:


What we’ve always talked about is reducing our carbon footprint, with a view to removing or off-setting it entirely, and we’ve always meant it. That’s why when Dorset Council asked us if we’d be able to deploy a 5G buoy with live video streaming to monitor and help manage an aquaculture farm we said, “Yes please. Great! Thank you”. After we put the phone down, we decided this opportunity demanded this buoy to be our first built with sustainable materials. So that is what we’re doing, building a 5G buoy using flax fibre and bio-resin. Another world first as far as we are aware, which will be deployed in Portland Harbour in April.




Our route to this is now mapped out and involves a 3 stage plan that proves our capability as we go. Delivery of which will mean the UK will have arguably the world’s first littoral 5G testbed that covers a suitably expansive and varied environment to support the multiple maritime applications dependent upon transfer of large data.


And we can’t forget to mention that probably the UKs first 5G modem, our modem, is being trailed at this very moment. We will write a special post about that once the testing has finished. (We keep getting phone calls about that too).


There is lots more brewing and under development but it will have to wait until our next update as we’ve run out of time and, it appears, every phone in the building is now ringing. But we’ve always got time to have new conversations so if there is anything that JET can potentially help you with, or you have a great idea for partnership, then please call or email James Thomas  (CEO– ) or Andy Crouch (Business Development Director–

JET to support increased 5G connectivity along the Jurassic Coast


JET Engineering System Solutions Ltd recently announced the signing of a follow on contract with Excelerate Technology Limited, as part of the 5G RuralDorset project. Jet Engineering Systems will be providing 5G modems that will connect Digital Signs and Footfall Counters to Excelerate’s 5G network installed along the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site in Dorset, UK. This expands JET Engineering System Solutions’ contribution to the 5G RuralDorset Project beyond their 5G enabled buoys that will monitor sea conditions.


Bethan Evans, Operations Director for Excelerate Technology confirmed “Excelerate are very excited to be leading on such an important project and will be demonstrating remarkable technologies on the 5G network that will make a real difference to public safety.”


James Thomas, CEO of JET said: “It’s great news for JET to be selected for a follow on work package with the 5G RuralDorset project – this will build upon existing partnerships with organisations such as Dorset Council, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), and Excelerate.”


“These trials will assist in the fight to save lives and protect the environment by enabling 5G connectivity for the digital signs provided by Anomaly Group and the footfall counters developed by the Satellite Applications Catapult. It is also another opportunity to deploy JET’s increasing portfolio of market-leading 5G technology that we’re creating to enable any application of high-bandwidth and low-latency data transfer in remote and maritime environments.”


The Connected Coast research area of the project aims to demonstrate improved public safety along a section of the coast by upgrading access to digital communication services for first responder organisations as well as the general public. The £7 million project, which is part funded by DCMS, began in March 2020 and is set to finish by the end of March 2022.


JET Engineering System Solutions is pleased to announce that Heads of Terms agreements between Argo RMS and JET have been signed, which will deliver improved mobile communications capabilities for the maritime market.


This agreement commercialises the project work undertaken by JET on the DCMS funded 5G RuralDorset project to deliver a network of their 5G Surf Condition Monitoring System (SMCS) buoys Q1 2021. It also enables access to greater market share, supporting the growth of both British SMEs.


Collaboration is a key part of JET’s rapid development path, as well as of the organisation’s culture. With a significant vision of building a connected marine environment that provides benefits to safety, security, and the environment, a collaborative approach remains vital for the business to remain suitably agile and disruptive. 


As part of this collaboration, ARGO RMS will be providing electrical architecture to JET to streamline the product development and bring a wealth of experience related to maritime data, communications, and transmission.


Andy Crouch, JET CBDO, said “To continue our accelerated strategy, we are drawing together the right partners, technologies, and innovative guile to design and deliver what presently doesn’t exist  – a maritime connected environment that leverages cutting-edge tech to enable and optimise data-driven operations at sea. Partnership with Argo means we are all one step closer to that goal.”

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The National Physical Laboratory – image courtesy of NPL

Contracted by the DCMS funded 5G RuralDorset project to deploy a network of their 5G Surf Condition Monitoring System (SMCS) buoys along the Dorset coastline in Q1 2021, Jet Engineering System Solutions is working with the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), as part of their ‘Measurement for Recovery’ (M4R)  programme, to optimise this industry-leading marinised 5G capability.


With launch scheduled during February this year, this will be the first operationally deployed 5G data buoy in the UK. Jet’s SCMS buoys measure and report in-shore wave height and currents for water safety to multiple end-users, including the general public and emergency services.


This is part of JET’s rapid development path to a full 5G mesh communications network capability that will be deployable in any maritime environment and will deliver high bandwidth connectivity to multiple platforms running an array of sensors. This capability is critical to enabling Industry 4.0 and IoT systems to operate at sea (and in other remote locations) that will benefit multiple industries including green shipping, renewable energy generation, safety, security, and recreation.


However, the maritime environment is known to be operationally complex for any technology, and there are two key challenges specific to the effective use of 5G communications at sea. The first is the effect of sea state negatively impacting 5G performance, as the relationship between wave height and communication is presently unknown. The second is how to optimise use of the limited amount of electric power self-generated by 5G connected platforms that are deployed remotely and for extended durations.


As part of the M4R programme, NPL are providing world-leading technical support to help accurately define and provide improved solutions to help mitigate both of these challenges. Split into two projects, the first project is de-risking the SCMS and compromises preparation and validation stages:


·         In the preparatory phase NPL scientists are working with the JET team using published and proprietary data to estimate the 5G range at sea and design a series of communications tests to evaluate the SCMS buoys.


·         In the validation phase the antenna and system will be tested to determine loss and estimate the range performance.

The NPL delivery team is led by David Humphreys PhD, CEng, FIET, Principal Research Scientist at NPL, who said of the project.

We are looking forward to working with James and his colleagues at JET, supporting British Industry to make a world-beating 5G product that will make beaches safer in the UK and worldwide “

– David Humphreys PhD, CEng, FIET


The second project will identify the most suitable smart antenna solutions to ensure reliable 5G data link at maximum range. Smart antennas allow energy to be directed to where it is required to increase signal-to-noise ratio and can improve the capacity of wireless communication networks significantly, as well as increase the spectrum efficiency and reduce the transmit power required. The second project comprises 3 stages:


·         Literature review of smart antenna technologies


·         Explore designs of high-gain commercially available off-the-shelf smart antenna products and choose the most suitable candidate for consideration to integrate into JET’s 5G wireless system


·         Investigate further requirements on additional digital signal processing units and electronic hardware peripherals for integration of the selected smart antenna products into JET’s 5G wireless system


The NPL delivery team is led by Prof Tian Hong Loh, Principal Research Scientist, NPL.





“We are immensely grateful for the chance to work with NPL.”

James Thomas, JET CEO + Founder

James Thomas, JET CEO, said, “NPL’s assistance has helped us understand the options that will rapidly develop our product family and help us continue to grow our business rapidly and agilely.


 The support we have received through the M4R scheme is exemplary. Rarely do you meet such knowledgeable technical teams with such a significant wealth of information and access to decades of relevant research, as well as being so keen to create solutions for new problems. For example, the product enhancements proposed are expected to increase our communication range by 300%.


We genuinely believe that our objectives of delivering a step-change capability for high bandwidth comms at sea will ultimately benefit everybody, in terms of improved safety, security, environmental protection, and genuine sustainability. “


Improved safety at Lulworth Estate as part of 5G RuralDorset project.


JET Engineering System Solutions Ltd today announced the signing of a contract with Excelerate Technology Limited, as part of the 5G RuralDorset project, to deliver a network of Surf Condition Monitoring buoys to the UNESCO world heritage coastline of the Lulworth Estate in Dorset, UK. This continues JET Engineering System Solutions’ road-map of providing their Maritime Connected Technologies (MCT) communications mesh to marine-based operators to improve multiple-sensor IoT connectivity.


James Thomas, CEO of JET said: “We’re really excited to be involved with the 5G RuralDorset project – not least because this means working with innovative partner organisations such as Dorset Council, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Excelerate and the RNLI.


“It is also one of the first opportunities to demonstrate our market-leading maritime 5G safety and environmental capabilities in a first of a kind trial. The trials will not only significantly prove our hardware capability but will assist in the fight to save lives.”

  • The low profile SCMS buoys will measure sea state 24/7 and communicate this information via 5G to project partners. This will include tidal current, temperature and wave height data.

  • Sea-state information will be displayed on the connected digital signage to be installed at busy locations on the Jurassic Coast.

  • Sea-state information will also be available via a published feed, available to the general public, and accessible by the emergency services to support their operations.


5G-powered buoys could play a critical role in keeping people safe

The Connected Coast research area of the project aims to demonstrate improved public safety along a section of the coast by upgrading access to digital communication services for first responder organisations such as the RNLI as well as the general public. The £7 million project, which is part funded by DCMS, began in March 2020 and is set to finish by the end of March 2022.


Credit Stephen Brownhill


Dorset Council Deputy Leader Peter Wharf remarked: “This is an exciting stage of the project as we begin to see the technology partnerships, that this project is fostering, really start to flourish and become real. 5G enabled sea state monitoring is an important part of the work we’re doing along the Jurassic Coast and will help the emergency services prevent incidents and improve coastal public safety in what is a beautiful but often dangerous environment.”


Digital Infrastructure Minister Matt Warman said: “5G-powered buoys could play a critical role in keeping people safe at sea and are yet another example of how government-backed trials led by the country’s most talented innovators are carving out novel solutions to age-old problems.”

When we started JET Engineering System Solutions in August 2020, in the face of global economic uncertainty, the objective was to create an agile and dynamic organisation to bring our concept of a Marine Connected Technologies (MCT) to market as rapidly as possible. It all started with the question, ”How can we leverage the capabilities of 5G to improve operational safety in the marine environment?”


Our initial product design was the User Location Safety Transmitter (ULST), a 5G enabled personnel locator beacon for improving for littoral leisure activities such as coasteering, surfing, and sailing. These devices allow the wearer to signal for assistance when required, as well as providing the locations of each wearer to shore-side management. Monitored via an app, this group information can be used to track and measure group movements revealing the effects of rip currents and tides, as well as being used for performance management.

Discussions with potential end-users, including sailing schools, the RNLI, and the Royal Navy, quickly led to us to realise there is a much larger capability made possible by the roll-out of 5G technologies. Our new plan was to develop and build a communications mesh that combines Radio Signal Frequencies (RFS), Automatic Identification System (AIS), and 3G/4G/5G capabilities to deliver a Marine Connected Technologies (MCT) platform. Our MCT mesh enables the multitude of existing and emerging sensors, that can add high-value to operations in the marine environment, to integrate as an Internet of Things (IoT) subscription service.


Despite the challenging times of mid-2020, discussions continued with our cutting-edge technology partners and several potential customers and end-users. When the news landed that a bid led by Dorset Council had been awarded £4.3m by the Government’s Rural Connected Communities, to evidence the benefits of next-gen mobile connectivity to rural areas, we were very chuffed to be invited to participate.


By this time our Surf Conditioning Monitoring System (SCMS) was already under development. The SCMS is a network of small profile buoys, each equipped with our MCT communication platform, and designed to transfer vital environmental and meteorological data to data-hubs. Such data as wave height and frequency, tide state, and strength of currents provides potentially life-saving information to sea users as well as the emergency services. With the contract to supply SCMS buoys signed early in Q4 2020, manufacture is underway and initial deployment is planned for March 2020 at 2 locations on the magnificent Lulworth Estate.


Meanwhile, back in the laboratory, further research and development continues to better understand the properties of 5G connectivity in the maritime environment, both littoral and open sea. We have undertaken an initial project with the National Physics Laboratory (NPL) the output of which will enable further optimisation of the application of 5G in the water. And discussions continue with potential partners and end-users, and cover such areas of application for our MCT mesh as drones, smart ports, and shipping route monitoring. But we’ll save that for our next update.


Should you require any further information about JET Engineering System Solutions or just fancy an informal chat, please feel free to drop a line to either James Thomas (CEO– ) or Andy Crouch (Business Development Director– ).

Electrical design engineers and systems architects, we know that in the early design phases board layout and chip selection are significant EMC challenges. Our latest investment in near field measurement capabilities enable us to carry out comprehensive testing services for both E field and H Field emissions on your behalf. Our experienced consultants, are always prepared to come to you with our solution based approach. If you’d like to know more about our services, feel free to contact us.


In the trace below the harmonic spikes for the micro controller can clearly be seen. This will enable the PCB designer to mitigate the effect of this in the final revision of the PCB and before this is embodied into the overall system architecture for production.


JET Engineering Services is delighted to announce our new conducted immunity and ESD lab testing capability. The capability is building upon our initial EMC emissions offerings.


The capability will enable us to offer a full range of EMC testing. This will include pulse generation for Burst, Surge, and ESD. In addition we are also able to now offer electrical power quality testing. This will enable both IEC 61000 and CISPR testing to be completed.


JET Engineering Services current is providing testing services to a number of market leading marine technology companies, serving customers across the world.


JET Engineering Services lab capability.

This new capability will be managed by James Thomas, who brings significant experience of testing from the automotive, defense and maritime sectors, with a scientific team in place to deliver the testing to meet the customer requirements.

Said James: “Our new capability will enable us to meet current market demands for access to advanced testing capabilities, with the ability to bring a full systems engineering approach to compliance. This will save customers significant outlay through expensive and unnecessary validation projects, and allow them to focus on the requirements necessary to meet compliance.


JET Engineering Services is a specialist engineering consultancy, working with SME’s to enable a systems engineering approach to compliance.

JET Engineering has launched a new entity, this is for our systems solutions portfolio of products and solutions. We are proud to have developed both our ULST and SCMS projects to a stage whereby they will stand alone as a new entity within the JET engineering portfolio.


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As part of our growth strategy, we have now taken delivery of a full EMC and Electrical pre compliance set of equipment. If you’re looking for any help regarding qualification, certification or CE marking please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Further detailed info to follow.

Do to recent contract awards we are seeking additional engineers who are able to provide part time/short term work. This will be provided on a contract basis. Tasks will be based around prototyping for a concept study.

Please email a copy of your latest CV to if you are interested in understanding more about this great opportunity.

We have recently won further work to produce further documentation to support RED (Radio Equipment Directive) and FCC compliance. If you are looking to get your products qualified to these directives or any others please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

If you’ve not yet heard, Def Stan 61-5 Part 6 is being updated. Final review meeting is being held on the 13th of February.


If you’d like to understand any of the updates taking place now is your final chance to discuss this prior to the standard being released. There are major changes that may affect your business.

Another year on and another year wiser. Apparently now’s the perfect time to take stock and set goals, so, what’s 2019 got to offer? Challenges? Changes? I’m hoping success and growth, but who can know for sure yet?

Having looked back on 2018, where should we set our goals for 2019?


1.      Embrace challenge, as opportunities to learn and develop


2.      Think ahead, allow adaption, but think strategically


3.      Give back, try to become involved in plastic reduction projects.


It’s quite exciting to think of all the upcoming opportunities however, if you are looking to get ahead in 2019 and require some assistance, it’d really help our goals if you can let me know what you’re likely to need!


Hope your 2019 is fantastic and what you set out to achieve, you do.


James and team.

To meet the ongoing demands for Qualification support we have recently increased our capabilities to now include Strategic Qualification and Requirement Validation.


The Strategic Qualification service is aimed where there are opportunities to reduce Qualification and Validation costs yet still ensure Product/Design Validation to the required Standards.


For further information on this exciting service, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Via our Contract Us page.

With the Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU (RED) now in place, it is essential that all manufacturers who produce equipment that “intentionally emits or receives radio waves for the purpose of radio communication” and who sell within the EU become RED compliant.


Due to the complex nature of RED compliance please click the following link to better understand the route to conformance.


RED Compliance Guide.

JET Engineering Services has unique experience and knowledge of Def Stan 61-5 Part 6 (Issue 7). This unique knowledge has been gained by acting as a technical adviser supporting DSTL during the update between issue 6 and issue 7.


Def Stan 61-5 Issue 7 Nominal 12V and 24V DC Electrical Systems in Military Platforms is due to be issued in early 2019. The update is required due to a number of changes around power evidence, connectors, and alignment of Annex’s. Def Stan 61-5 Issue 7 is due to be released with the purpose to address all the issues identified at both platform and component level.


There are significant changes between issue 6 and issue 7. These include:


  • Power CDR

  • Platform Requirements

  • LRU Requirements

  • Enhanced connector requirements.


JET Engineering Services offers efficient and cost effect consultancy and support in the following areas:


  • Platform or component assessment against the design requirements of Def Stan 61-5

  • Generate and maintain the Power Critical Design Review

  • Generation of the test plans and presentation to the prime or MoD

  • Pre compliance measurements and management of compliance measurements at a UKAS accredited test facility.

JET Engineering Services has been asked to provide formal comments and to sit on the review board for the MoD in regards to the Defense Standard 61-5 Pt 6 Issue 7. This is an ongoing process. Feel free to get in touch for consultancy services related to the upcoming changes.

We have recently engaged a technical partner so are now able to offer bespoke power supply design and development. Feel free to get in touch for more information on our capabilities.

We have recently updated our customer data packs, feel free to get in touch to arrange a copy. These can include indicative break downs for project cost structuring. 

We are now able to offer a full certification package for EMC Verification and Testing to EC standards. Feel free to get in touch for all your project needs. 

The Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU (RED) switch on date has passed and many companies are not yet compliant. Feel free to get in touch to urgently sort out technical dossiers and test programs to ensure that you can continue to sell into the EU markets! 

We’re attending DSEI this year for the first time, feel free to get in touch if you’d like to catch up. We will be visiting on the Friday.