A ground-breaking compact and secure router which solves connectivity and cyber security issues associated with mobile routers is being developed at the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry.
The AlbeePro smart router has been developed by Cheshire-based communications business Albeego. Engineers from Albeego have been working with experts from the MTC to develop the router and are now preparing to commercialise the innovation and bring it to market.
The router is the first mobile, compact, affordable and business-secure router, able to provide fast, stable and secure connectivity, free of the problems of unstable, insecure and poor connections on the move. More than 60 of the units are being produced for beta testing with a wide variety of companies and organisations, with production planned later this year.
The new router is aimed at a range of market sectors, but particularly those where reliability and security is paramount including the emergency services, defence, medical services and banks, as well as other sectors where secure, resilient, mobile communication is paramount.
The MTC’s Product Manufacturing Incubator has been working with Albeego engineers to develop processes which will allow the routers to reach production stage. This has included design, technical specification, reduction of size and weight, testing, production-readiness, materials supply and regulatory processes.
Albeego director Simon Precious said working with the MTC had been an exciting experience. “When the prototype was unveiled we were massively excited, seeing the concept come to life. We are extremely optimistic about the future of the product and we look forward to further co-operation with the MTC team as we continue to develop products.”
MTC PMI business development manager Gabrielle England said, “Albeego has brought innovative and disruptive technology to their sector and we are delighted to be helping them bring their router to market.”
The MTC’s PMI provides space for start-ups to develop and manufacture prototypes of their innovative products. They have access to the MTC’s world-class advanced manufacturing and research facilities, as well as the MTC’s team of engineering and manufacturing experts.
The MTC was founded by the University of Birmingham, Loughborough University, the University of Nottingham and TWI Ltd. The MTC’s industrial members include some of the UK’s major global manufacturers.
The MTC aims to bridge the gap between university-based research and the development of innovative manufacturing solutions, in line with the Government’s manufacturing strategy. The MTC is part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, supported by Innovate UK.