Helix Technologies, developer of precision antennas has been selected to join the Wayra Intelligent Mobility Accelerator programme, which will give the business six months of development opportunities, including access to Telefónica and its partner networks with opportunities for technology development and deployment, and the potential for investment in the business.
The Intelligent Mobility Accelerator programme is a partnership between Connected Places Catapult and Wayra UK. It is designed to bring selected disruptive start-ups with high-growth potential into the UK transport supply chain, and to support their growth into world-leading companies. As the innovation hub of the Telefónica Group, Wayra provides a unique and effective interface between entrepreneurs and their network of corporates, governments and other partners in the 15 countries in which Telefónica operates.
Helix Technologies precision antennas resolve key issues concerning the future of autonomous vehicles and drones – accuracy, integrity and security of location-based situational awareness. Precise accuracy of location is key to unlocking the full monetised and safe potential of driverless cars and autonomous logistics, enabling higher vehicle bandwidth on road networks, increased productivity, and energy saving throughout the transportation network.
James Lewis, Chief Executive Officer at Helix Technologies says,
“As a developer of technology that directly impacts human safety issues for the planned deployment of autonomous land, sea and air vehicles, we are delighted to be a member of Wayra’s IM4 cohort. As well as pushing the boundaries of antenna and RF design, we are implementing a sophisticated machine-learning data-analytics adaptive fabrication platform for the products, and Wayra’s network short-cuts us into the supply chain as well as prospective customers and investors. I’m looking forward to working with the highly supportive Wayra team for the next six months.”
About Helix Technologies:
Helix is a UK-based privately funded start-up located at the Harwell Campus near Oxford, noted for its cluster of space-tech businesses. The company is developing antennas for high accuracy GNSS location and high-bandwidth datacomms, and the precision manufacturing processes necessary for their manufacture.
About the Technology:
With variants for GPS and Galileo GNSS constellations (BeiDou and GLONASS versions are in development), Helix antennas are multi-frequency resonant devices with tightly targeted frequency discrimination. They utilise multiple helical conductor filaments on a high dielectric constant ceramic core. The selective nature of the design assures integrity of data delivered to the receiver enabling positional accuracy to 10cm to be computed, which out-performs the industry demanded 30cm accuracy. Moreover, the helical antenna pattern’s resonance means that troublesome reflected signals, typical of modern cities’ ‘urban canyons’ are ignored, while the on-frequency accuracy makes the system resilient to ‘noisy neighbour’ spectrum interference and deliberate jamming. All this comes in a compact and robust form factor light enough for drones and small enough for vehicle aesthetics.