Babcock designs and installs compliant and integrated in-vehicle communications and data systems for specialist vehicles for the emergency services sector, civil service, military and other security focused organisations. This includes solutions for complex covert and overt systems communications installations.

With the increasing demand for in-vehicle communications, we have increased the size and capability of our team such as a communications hub to asset track, log, and repair equipment,as well as deliver a range of programs.

The scale of programs vary – one of the largest being radio replacement programs for UK police forces – transferring radios for entire fleets. Babcock holds a TEA2 sub-licence (TETRA Encryption Algorithm 2) to work on the Airwave system.

Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) test facilities

Babcock’s communications capability extends to the assessment of radio equipment. This is critical to ensuring that the conversion of the vehicles does not throw out any anomalies elsewhere in the machine’s performance.

To achieve this, we have invested in semi-anechoic electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) test facilities which provide assessments including antenna performance and electrical supply disturbance and consumption.

Most conversion companies need to outsource this but, since 2013, we have had our own purpose-built EMC test chamber. The EMC simulates an Open Area Test Site (OATS) without interference from environmental electromagnetic field pollution.