GRC Ltd welcomes Jesse Norman MP to its headquarters

Hereford based Global RadioData Communication Ltd was the focus of a visit by Jesse Norman MP this week. Mr Norman visited the company to hear about recent business secured and to tour the office, where he met staff and saw firsthand their mission critical communication solutions.


GRC has won a number of important contracts that assist with both the military and humanitarian effort in the Middle East this year. It has also launched its Scytale rucksack solution which can be deployed in crisis and humanitarian situations, providing essential communications where no existing network is in place.

GRC is a leading example of how local companies with specialist technical expertise can compete and be successful in the world market.

Jesse Norman MP

It is great to have the support of Jesse and for our efforts to be recognised. With our customer focused, innovative approach we have won a number of significant contracts, enabling us to grow the workforce by over 15% this year.

Iain Pope, Managing Director of GRC

GRC and Avanti announce compatibility approval for SandFly Ka band antenna system

Following rigorous type approval testing, GRC's new four piece carbon fibre manual fly away satellite system has been endorsed for use on Avanti Communications' fleet of Ka-band satellites.

The market leading combination of the new GRC SandFly system and Avanti's high quality satellite technology provides a cost effective mobile satellite solution for all users requiring a flexible, mobile Ka-band service. Avanti is a leading global satellite operator, with vast experience of deploying high speed data communications to consumers, enterprises, governments and carrier services beyond the reach of fibre.

The new GRC SandFly antenna is designed to transmit and receive operation in Ka-band, providing an extremely light-weight segmented reflector that is easily transported in a handheld transit case.

We are delighted to have achieved Avanti Ka-band Type Approval for our SandFly system. We believe this combination provides an unrivalled and cost-effective mobile solution under Avanti’s satellite footprint and will prove invaluable to any organisation requiring high speed satellite broadband.

Tony Talbot - Technical Sales Manager for GRC

GRC extends business development team

In line with its overall strategy for growth, GRC Ltd has announced the appointment of two senior personnel to newly created business development roles. Jeremy Habberley and Tony Talbot have joined the company in positions designed to expand its share of the mission critical communication market, both within the UK and globally.

Jeremy is heading up business development and will rely on GRC's entire mission critical communications portfolio to achieve growth, including the recently launched iGMTT mobile talk-through solution and the market leading 'office in a box' Scytale product. Meanwhile, Tony's focus will be on selling and supporting GRC's extensive range of satellite products and services, including the recently released Sandfly satellite antennae.

Previously, Jeremy has held senior sales positions with Sepura plc, i2 Mobile ltd and, most recently, Experian where he was sales director for international and partners. "I'm very pleased to join GRC at such a key time in its development and welcome the opportunity to drive its continued growth", he said. "The company has an enviable reputation for producing innovative, reliable and state of the art communications solutions, which makes for compelling propositions for mission critical users", he added.

Tony has over 13 years experience in the private and public sector commissioning, supporting and selling satellite solutions, working in both the supply chain and as an end user. Tony has an excellent working knowledge of the implementation of MSS and FSS.

Jeremy and Tony's appointments mark an exciting time for GRC. Both have extensive industry experience and bring with them a wealth of knowledge and skills that will help drive our growth. I've no doubt they will be valuable additions to the team and in supporting our market leading status.

Iain Pope - Managing Director of GRC

GRC track fundraiser's walk for charity

Glenn Brown, a keen fundraiser from Airbus Group UK will be passing through Hereford on the 11th June on his journey from the Airbus office in Hawarden, Flintshire to the Airbus site in Newport.

Glenn is walking a total of 134 miles in five days to raise money for the Countess of Chester Hospital Fund. He stops in Hereford on the 11th June after reaching the halfway mark having already marched through Shrewsbury and Ledbury.

Having raised over £1000 already, the pressure is on for Glenn to complete the grueling challenge but he has many supporters cheering him on.

Glenn is also taking a GPS tracker with him along the way, provided by Hereford based communications company, GRC ltd. To follow Glenn on his journey simply log on to the GRC TrackIT panel at https://track.grcltd.net/tracking/loginpage.html using Username: CNewport2014 and password: chester14

To donate to Glenn please visit his JustGiving page 

GRC gear up for official launch in Dubai

The doors to GRC Dubai will be officially opened on the 19th of May at an exclusive launch taking place at the British Embassy. Invited guests from the Security Industry, Oil and Gas sector and representatives from non-government organisations will attend the ceremony for a demonstration of the products and services that GRC Dubai aim to offer.

Four representatives from the GRC UK office will be co-ordinating the event alongside the Director of GRC Dubai, Kris Murphy.The event, which has been organised with help from UKTI, marks the beginning of a new chapter in GRC's history. GRC is actively growing and the vision is to expand into new market and geographical territories over the coming years.

With a wealth of experience providing communications equipment to the MOD and Government, and after a particularly innovative year in which the Scytale Lite was launched, GRC are moving towards a brighter future. GRC Dubai marks the first step on the road to global growth and will strengthen existing relationships with customers and suppliers in the UAE as well as leading to new business ventures in the Middle-East.

Phase one complete...

Last week the LAF Deputy Chief of Staff Plans Brigadier General Hitti and the UK Ambassador Tom Fletcher carried out radio checks for the communications phase 1 handover of the LAF HQ secure command network. As part of an overall £10m project to deliver communications equipment to the Lebanese Army, GRC successfully handed over two secure VHF and HF networks to the LAF.

GRC are proud of all personnel involved in delivering the project, in particular the men on the ground in the Lebanon, for completing the job on time and in a professional manner. Working up to 17 hours a day and in a dangerous environment they successfully completed phase 1 on the LAF communication roll out project – a outstanding achievement for GRC.

The work is not yet finished though, GRC are now planning phase 2 of the LAF communications roll out project, to finish this programme by the 31st of March 2015. May the success continue!

Minister for the Middle East, Hugh Robertson

Peli Products UK use GRC's Scytale Lite as Case Study

GRC's strength lies in the good relationships it maintains with its partners and suppliers and we are proud to see that Peli Products UK have used the Scytale Lite as a case study. With the use of the Peli U100 backpack, Scytale Lite was developed to be used in demanding environments. The technology from GRC, combined with the waterproof and crushproof capabilities from Peli's rugged backpack design, allows Scytale Lite to fulfil all requirements to provide critical communications anywhere across the globe.

To view more from Peli Products UK click this link.

Peli Scytale Case Study

GRC awarded part of £10m Contract to Support Lebanese Army

Global RadioData Communications (GRC) Ltd. are proud to support £10m UK 'LAF Rapid Land Border Security Assistance Project' designed to assist the LAF in strengthening the capabilities of their Land Border Regiments, now patrolling the north and north east border with Syria.

A range of new equipment is being delivered to the Land Border Regiments including secure HF & VHF radios and specialist communications provider GRC Ltd. are supplying the secure, fixed and mobile communications capabilities for this project.

We are really pleased to have been invited to support the UK's LAF Rapid Land Border Security Assistance Project with the Lebanese Army; furthermore, we are confident that our communication provision and structured training support will be pinnacle in the successful and ongoing development of the LAF's communication capability.

Iain Pope - GRC's Managing Director

The equipment and training being provided by the UK LAF Rapid Land Border Security Assistance Project is known to give the Land Border Regiments and partner security agencies the key capabilities they require to defend, reassure and protect their border communities.

Reflecting on the UK business opportunities this project brings GRC's Managing Director Iain Pope concluded by saying:

GRC's involvement with the UK LAF Rapid Land Border Security Assistance Project coincides with a period of employment & business growth here at GRC, and we are very much looking forward to promising 2014 business year.

Iain Pope - GRC's Managing Director

Minister for the Middle East, Hugh Robertson with Managing Director of GRC, Iain Pope pictured with radio equipment supplied by GRC

Scytale Launch

Scytale, the 'office in a box', was lauched at GRC offices in Hereford on the 18th of April 2013. The event was well attended by a diverse range of interested customers from a wide variety of industries, including the Armed Forces, Security and Broadcasting sectors.

Practical displays of the Scytale capability demonstrated that the easy to use, “plug and play’ solution could be set up in the back of a vehicle and establish communications in less than 10 minutes. Adding an additional dimension to the capability and utilising another of GRC’s products, the ICRI (Incident Commander’s Radio Interface), a selection of radios were seamlessly connected to the Scytale box allowing mobile phones to link with military radios on a single network.

The ops room showed the Scytale box working across a satellite broadband link, demonstrating how the box could be used in an emergency situation. Multiple phone lines, internet connection and mobile phone signals were ready to use and would have been instantly operational in the event of a natural disaster or national emergency.

The Scytale launch was a huge success for GRC. The entire process from the spark of an idea, to desgn, manufacture and launch took little over six months to complete. I think this really proves GRC’s credentials as an innovative, flexible and rapid moving company.

Gemma Greenman - Marketing Executive for GRC

The office in a box provides the user with Internet, VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) Satellite and GSM mobile phone coverage on a global scale. Uses for Scytale are limitless; the solution has many uses and capabilities, and would be ideal in a range of scenarios from initial oil exploration in remote areas of the world, to providing internet access at UK music festivals.

ICRI in RUSI Journal

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