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Become part of a winning team in the Co-Star logistics dept.

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Co-Star are a global supplier to the ICT industry we supply and manufacture a range of products used for 4G and Cloud connectivity.

Due to continued growth we are looking for someone to work in a supervisory role within our Logistics and manufacturing team at our head office based near Harrogate.

We are totally commited to offering outstanding customer service from the moment we receive an order to when it’s delivered to our customer and our logistics department plays a crucial role in this process so it’s crucial that you have the ability to maintain and enhance these high standards.

If you have an interest in technology and electronics are enthusiastic and can actively contribute to the future growth of the company by working alongside the partners of the company to ensure all orders are picked and dispatched to the highest of standards than we would love to hear from you.

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The role is varied and includes processing orders to a very high standard to ensure they reach our customers in perfect condition, manufacturing cable assemblies and installation kits and other general logistical tasks. We will provide all the necessary training and no previous experience is required just a willingness to learn and a commitment to producing work of the highest quality.

The hours are: 9am-5.30pm Monday to Friday. Our address were the position is based: Co-Star. Jubilee Mills Business Park, Wath Lane, Copgrove, Harrogate, HG3 3TB.

Interested ? Than please e-mail your CV to:                     tim@co-star.co.uk or call us on: 01423 340066.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Co-Star Provide SIM Connectivity for M2M and IoT deployments

Co-Star the Harrogate based global supplier to the ICT industry have added 4G SIM cards for M2M and IoT applications to enhance their range of wireless connectivity products and enable application developers and systems integators to purchase all the hardware and software necessary to initiate and conclude 4G LTE cloud based networking deployments from one source.

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SIM cards from all the major mobile network operators including: Vodafone, 02, Three and EE are available from Co-Star to offer flexibility and provide the best network coverage.

Tim Cosgrove partner at Co-Star commented;

” We allready have a strong position in the market supplying 4G wireless routers, antennas and RF cable assemblies and we wanted to provide our customers with the opportunity to purchase all the equipment for 4G networking deployments from one single source”

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Co-Star have over 30 years experience working in the Mobile Communications sector and have worked on all types of M2M and IoT projects over the years including:

  • Remote management of an Australian vineyard.
  • Mobile Advertising on London Taxis.
  • Passenger WiFi services on public transport.
  • Ambulance Services.
  • Crossrail Project London.
  • Providing WiFi for Mountain Rescue Vehicles.

Click here for more information on Co-Star’s M2M SIM Cards>

Source: Co-Star

 

Police in London stop driver looking for Wi-Fi in operation against mobile phone use whilst driving

untitledPolice in London recently launched a week long operation to crackdown on people using mobile phones whilst driving in the capital after statistics showed a rise in the number of people killed or seriously injured in accidents involving mobiles.

Officers targeted accident hotspots across London using an unmarked HGV to get a higher vantage point to spot offenders. Cameras inside the HGV filmed evidence to help with prosecutions.

Commander Neil Jerome commented:

“Already this morning Police motorcyclists stopped three individuals. One was using a table computer whilst driving and her excuse was she was trying to connect to wi-fi. She will be prosecuted.”

The Scotland Yard initiative comes 11 months after the penalties and fines for the crime were doubled.

The operation comes after figures revealed two people were killed and nine seriouslt injured in collisions involving mobie phone use in 2016 an increase on 2015.

Co-Star supply a range of hands-free car kits to aid safe communication whilst driving. Kits are available for both cars and HGV vehicles.

The Parrot bluetooth CK.3100 is designed for cars and offers seamless phone book contact synchronisation. The audio quality is very good when used with a car specific audio connection lead.

The Bury CP1000 is a 24V hands-free cab-phone designed for HGV vehicles. It’s a SIM free phone which is easy to use and is very robust for commercial every day use.

Source: London Evening Standard/Co-Star

Cradlepoint Launches All-Inclusive Cloud Service Packages

Cradlepoint Launches All-Inclusive Cloud Service Packages That Make Secure IoT Networking More Affordable and Easier to Deploy and Manage

NetCloud Solution Packages for IoT Include Software-Defined Perimeter Security and a New 4G LTE Router Option; Provides an Affordable and Secure Alternative to Hardware-Centric Offerings

Cradlepoint, the global leader in cloud-delivered 4G LTE network solutions that provide a pathway to 5G have announced all-inclusive cloud service packages for its Internet of Things (IoT) network solutions that include Software-Defined Perimeter technology for secure device-to-cloud connectivity. This is the second major product announcement from Cradlepoint under its new NetCloud Solution Packages model, which launched Jan. 16, 2018.

Organizations of all sizes are deploying IoT solutions over cellular 4G LTE networks to enable new business opportunities, streamline operations and reduce costs. However, according to a 2017 survey report by James Brehm & Associates, over half of the 416 respondents cited the need for better IoT security, with 65 percent listing security as a significant barrier to expanding their deployments. The second highest barrier was the cost-to-deploy at 48 percent. Simply offering low-cost hardware doesn’t sufficiently address the mounting security and device management challenges faced by companies with sprawling IoT deployments.

Affordability Without Sacrificing Security and Manageability

Cradlepoint’s Elastic Edge™ is a blueprint for next-generation IoT networking that includes pervasive wireless connectivity, cloud management and integrated Software-Defined Perimeter (SDP) security, which uses encrypted, perimeter-secured virtual overlays with private IP addressing to isolate and cloak IoT devices from the Internet. With today’s Cradlepoint announcement, customers no longer need to trade off security and manageability to get an affordable LTE router solution for IoT.

“Everything we’re hearing from partners and industry experts warns about the risks of trading off manageability and security for a low price when it comes to buying an enterprise IoT solution,” said Todd Krautkremer, chief marketing officer at Cradlepoint. “We’ve bundled cloud management and advanced, software-defined security with every NetCloud Solution Package for IoT we sell, so customers don’t have to.”

At this week’s IoT Evolution Expo conference, Cradlepoint is unveiling NetCloud Solution Packages for its new COR IBR200 LTE router that extends the benefits of Elastic Edge to even the most cost-sensitive use cases, including kiosks, vending machines, ATMs, digital signage and remote sensors. The new cloud service solution packages simplify the way customers buy, deploy, manage and evolve their Cradlepoint IoT networks, facilitating rapid deployment and time-to-value, as well as customer success. Each package, which is available in one-, three- or five-year terms, combines essential NetCloud service capabilities — including NetCloud Perimeter for SDP security — with lifetime-warranted IBR200 Series hardware and comprehensive 24×7 support.

“Despite the huge growth in IoT deployments, security and management-related costs remain top concerns for IT organizations,” said James Brehm, founder of Brehm & Associates. “Cradlepoint has taken a service-oriented approach to addressing these challenges by combining cloud management, routing and security features, along with purpose-built hardware, into a single cloud service with 24×7 vendor support. With their new IBR200 LTE router, Cradlepoint has made it possible for any size and skilled business to deploy a secure and cost-effective cellular IoT solution.”

In addition to the operational savings represented by Cradlepoint’s new, all-inclusive cloud service packaging model, the IBR200 router is equipped with a medium-speed 4G LTE modem that allows customers to take advantage of low-cost IoT/M2M data plans offered by major cellular providers. This combination enables channel partners to bring the value of Cradlepoint’s proven 4G LTE IoT solutions to a wider range of customers and use cases.

“Cradlepoint’s cloud management and innovative software features, such as intelligent 4G LTE routing and automatic carrier selection, have made them the solution of choice for large IoT deployments within Fortune 500 customers”, said Peter Dunn, consulting director at Orbcomm. “The new NetCloud Solution Packages and COR IBR200 router provide an even more compelling value while simplifying the buying process, accelerating deployment times, enhancing security and reducing cellular data plan costs — issues that have been real pain points, especially for more cost-sensitive customers.”

NetCloud Solution Packages for IoT with COR IBR200 and IBR600 Series routers are commercially available now.

Co-Star supply the full range of Cradlepoint 4G LTE wireless routers. Click here for more info>

 

Ultra Strong Gorilla Adhesive Mounting Tape Available from Co-Star

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Co-Star the Harrogate based supplier to the ICT industry have launched a great solution for mounting display units for mobile date equipment, telematics  hands-free equipment and Antennas for 4G and GPS applications.

The Gorilla 3044101 double sided tape has ultra strong adhesive properties which deliver high performace in tough demanding environments including: Commercial Vehicles and retail display units.

The industrial strength double-sided-tape grips to both smooth and rough surfices and can be used indoors and outdoors delivering an instant and weatherproof bond.

The crystal clear low profile design means there are no unsightly glue or tape lines which makes it ideal for professional installations into vehicles

To maximise the performance of the double-sided-tape apply it vertically on to the equipment being mounted allowing even distribution of the weight of the product. The surfices must be flat, clean, dry and free of dirt and oil. Use 102mm of tape per 0.45kg of weight.

Ordering information:

Part No: ITG.101     Price: £4.00 plus vat.  per roll (1.52 meters).

Click here to order>

Or call Co-Star on: +44 (0) 1423 340066

 

 

 

 

Matt Hancock claims the tital in fiercely contested Co-Star Table Football tournament

The final of the anual Co-Star table football tournament was once again contested by Matt Hancock representing Manchester United and Tim Cosgrove representing Leeds United one of footballs most fiercest rivalries.

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Security was tight due to previous instances of crowd trouble that have marred previous games by the bitter rivals and the Police requested an early kick-off as a precaution.

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The battle of the roses clash was fiercely contested over five very close legs in an electric atmosphere. The final game in the series was a cracker and the air was filled with nervous tension causing players from both teams to make mistakes. Hancock edged it by one goal to claim his third title.IMG_0054

Congratulations to Matt and Tim you need to put extra hours training in for next years tournament!

Source: Co-Star footbal correspondent

 

How the connected smart store will enhance the retail experience

What Smart Stores Look Like

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Forward-Thinking Retailers Depend on Agile, Dependable Networks More Than Ever

In retail, smart stores and connected everything have captured the attention of the public as well as the technology community. Retailers are leading the way in testing and implementing customer engagement and operations strategies that someday will be adopted across virtually all industries.

In turn, retail enterprises are moving away from legacy network technologies and toward solutions engineered for the complexities of IoT, high-bandwidth usage, and the fluctuating needs of companies that must be able to change direction on a dime.

Customer Engagement Technologies

One area ripe for testing and implementing smart retail technologies is customer engagement efforts. Today’s customers demand personalized, interactive experiences that seamlessly connect the online and in-store experience. Emerging smart store technologies are designed to strengthen and deepen the retailer’s relationship with the customer.

Examples of relationship-enhancing technologies include:

  • Facial recognition technology: In-store cameras and video analytics software recognize a customer’s face and serve up offers customized to that individual’s preferences and buying history.
  • Interactive mirrors: These smart mirrors allow customers to see how a certain clothing item would fit without ever trying it on. These mirrors also leverage RFID tracking to help capture customer behavior, recording data regarding how long customers spend in dressing rooms, how they behave when an item doesn’t fit, and which items they are most likely to purchase.
  • Smart shelves: These devices recognize when customers pick up items and whether they put them back down, allowing retailers to gather behavioral data and make better decisions around pricing and merchandising.
  • Robotics: Customer service robots greet customers as they enter stores, sometimes using facial recognition technology to deliver tailored messages. Robots can also be used to fetch and deliver items to customers.
  • Seamless checkout: Using RFID and/or video analytics technology, retailers allow customers to check out without standing in line or even scanning items. Customers may use an app on their phones to confirm their purchases and pay.

Operational Technologies

Whereas customer-facing technologies help retailers increase revenue, operations-facing technologies reduce expenditures and improve efficiency.

Often, retailers adopt customer-facing technologies that can serve a dual operational purpose. Examples of emerging operational technologies include:

  • Advanced HVAC and lighting controls: These systems can be programmed and controlled remotely. A more recent development in such systems is the ability to enable automatic adjustments based on exterior conditions such as temperature and weather. Some smart power controls can actually react to happenings on the power grid, such as rolling brownouts, and adjust accordingly.
  • Advanced loss prevention: Retailers can use the same video analytics technology for both customer recognition — as outlined above — and retail loss prevention.
  • Interactive digital signage: The same signage used to present varied content to customers can also be used for employee training and video conferencing.
  • Robotics: Robots track and move merchandise in warehouses, allowing retailers to fulfill more online orders and more efficiently manage shipments to brick-and-mortar locations.

Cradlepoint 4G LTE Connected devices and software are available from Co-Star.

Source: Cradlepoint.

 

Telent awarded Smart Highway contract

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Highway to the future.

Innovative service approach keeping the country’s traffic moving is about to get a whole lot smarter.

Congratulations from everyone at Co-Star to Telent for winning the Smart Higway contact.

Highways England has awarded a contract worth  nearly half a billion pounds to leading UK technology and network services company, telent Technology Services, to help keep England moving into the future.

Highways England today announced it has awarded the contract for the operation and management of NRTS (National Roads Telecommunication Services), a critical component of national infrastructure supporting the country’s 4,400 mile strategic road network, to telent Technology Services Ltd (telent).

The contract will see telent take over the current NRTS network and provide an end-to-end managed service from the 24-hour network operations centre at Quinton, Birmingham. Field services will transition from the current suppliers to telent, including current staff that will transfer under TUPE to join the telent team.

Additionally, telecommunications project works involving changes to and extensions of the network to support the government’s Road Investment Strategy, including telecommunications services supporting the rollout of smart motorways and expressways will transfer to telent.

From spring 2018, telent, together with its world class technology partners, will collaborate with Highways England to transform the NRTS network and roll-out innovative, world-class, carrier grade network technology, which will support the provision of new telecommunication services.  This will increase safety for road workers and users, help ensure that drivers and their passengers can travel with minimal delays, and facilitate the development of future communications-based services alongside the strategic road network.

telent CEO, Mark Plato, said: “This large, 7 year contract is an outstanding accomplishment. With telent’s proven capability designing, delivering and supporting England’s critical national infrastructure, we are uniquely positioned to support Highways England who we have had a relationship with for over 20 years.  We are excited to begin work transforming the NRTS network, ensuring we deliver a service that consistently upholds health and safety standards and delivers the required performance.

“Our technology innovation of NRTS will provide a world class, superfast network to support Highways England’s plans for upgrading the strategic road network.  The scale and capability of the transformed NRTS network will be on a par with all but the very largest ISPs’ networks, and this reflects telent’ proven track record of working with service providers to transform their networks.”

NRTS is used to connect Highways England’s seven regional control centres with over 30,000 roadside devices, including CCTV cameras, message signs, emergency roadside phones and smart motorway equipment. Today NRTS comprises approximately 6,000 miles of fibre and copper networks, 145 transmission stations and almost 5,000 roadside cabinets.

Highways England’s requirements for the new contract included effective service continuity and the ability to undertake a transformation programme without impacting on the service, whilst also reducing roadside maintenance activity. The upgraded programme will improve reliability, increase remote services, and support the introduction of new services such as wireless and IP CCTV.

Chief Information Officer at Highways England, Tony Malone said:

“We are pleased to announce the award of the second National Roads Telecommunications Service contract to telent Technology Services Ltd. With their proactive approach to innovation and collaboration, they will help Highways England deliver a service that will provide improvements in safety, customer service and delivery, as well as enable us to support emerging technologies such as connected vehicles and 5G.”

Source: Telent

Cradlepoint’s NetCloud Perimeter Provides New Paradigm for M2M, IoT, Mobile Device Connectivity and Security

Software-Defined Perimeter solution works over any wired and wireless Internet connection to protect devices against attacks and isolate them from IT infrastructure

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Cradlepoint, have announced the general release of its NetCloud Perimeter service, a Software-Defined Perimeter solution that provides a private cloud network over any Internet connection to secure and isolate connected devices, including M2M, IoT and mobile devices. NetCloud Perimeter provides a modern, cloud-based alternative to traditional VPN technology that is easier to configure, deploy and scale.

A recent Cradlepoint-sponsored State-of-IoT report conducted by Spiceworks found 69 percent of the 400 businesses surveyed with 500 or more employees have deployed or plan to deploy IoT solutions within the next year. IoT is being adopted across a range of industries such as retail, manufacturing, healthcare and government. Of the deployment concerns cited in the survey, security and solution cost ranked highest at 41 percent and 35 percent .

Despite security concerns, 49 percent of businesses surveyed have deployed IoT devices on their existing enterprise network – creating a sizeable attack surface and new threat vectors that traditional network security tools can’t cover. For example, Internet-accessible security cameras can become infected by bot-net attacks, like Mirai, Reaper and IoTroop, and enable pivot attacks into enterprise IT systems.

“The growth of the IoT means the deployment of many more network-connected devices. For many organizations that don’t have the correct solutions in place, this is opening up more entry points for hackers to exploit, and leading to major security issues,” said Christian Renaud, research director, Internet of Things, 451 Research. “Organizations need to consider which network they run their IoT service on, and then ensure they manage the security of these networks, the IoT devices they plan to use and proactively protect themselves before any potential threats even appear.”

Connect, Protect and Isolate M2M, IoT and Mobile Devices

NetCloud Perimeter, part of Cradlepoint’s NetCloud platform, is a cloud service that shields enterprises from connected device threats by providing a private cloud network that overlay the Internet or enterprise network with a virtual perimeter to isolates and protects M2M, IoT and mobile devices. It further provides a closed, invitation-only network with its own private IP address space to cloak devices from the outside world.

Other unique benefits of NetCloud Perimeter include:

  • Simple to configure and deploy in minutes
  • Global footprint that is accessible from any wired or wireless connection
  • End-to-end visibility and control through NetCloud Manager
  • Micro-segment M2M, IoT and mobile devices by user, device and application
  • Configurable secure Internet egress protected by integral firewall and carrier-grade NAT
  • Active Directory and private DNS server integration shields against DNS-related threats.

When deployed over 4G LTE, NetCloud Perimeter’s encrypted and fully switched overlays can reduce the need for costly and complex private Access Point Networks (APNs) and static IPv4 addresses  that are scarce on many cellular networks.

“The way you connect and protect an IoT device network with potentially hundreds of thousands of Internet-attached endpoints is very different from the traditional enterprise security model for branch sites and WinTel PCs”, said Ken Hosac, vice president of Cradlepoint IoT Solutions and Ecosystem. “NetCloud Perimeter represents a clean-slate approach to device networking that combines a Software-Defined Perimeter architecture with private IP overlays and cloud orchestration to deliver optimal security, availability and control as well as logical isolation from the Internet and private networks”.

Other common use cases for NetCloud Perimeter include: secure remote access for mobile field-based workforces, remote management of field-based devices, persistent connectivity for in-vehicle notebooks and tablets, and in-branch isolation of devices such as point-of-sales (PoS) machines, security camera and digital signage.

DSC Dredge is a NetCloud Perimeter customer and the global leader in the manufacture of custom dredging solutions, some as large as a football field and capable of dredging rock up to 150 feet below the earth’s surface. These advanced machines are highly automated and leverage an on-board network to connect six programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and two human machine interfaces (HMIs) as well as multiple security cameras. DSC uses NetCloud Perimeter via Cradlepoint 4G LTE routers to gather telemetry data, monitor dredge operations and provide remote system maintenance from dredges deployed around the world.

“With SD-Perimeter, we don’t have to be in the office, at the other end of an IPsec tunnel, to access our network. We have an easy and secure way to remotely access our devices anytime, anywhere,” said Richard Groce, director of information technology for DSC Dredge.

About NetCloud Perimeter

NetCloud Perimeter is deployed within a broad number of customers and industries today, including: field services, healthcare, public sector, manufacturing and smart cities. It is available as part of Cradlepoint NetCloud annual subscriptions and supports both client-based and integrated gateway deployments on select Cradlepoint COR-Series and AER-Series routers. Click here for more information.

Co-Star the UK’s leading supplier to the ICT industry supply the full rang of Cradlepoint 4G LTE routers and software. Click here for more information>

 

Micro 3 Fuse Holder available from Co-Star

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Co-Star Micro 3 Fuse Holder.

Co-Star the Harrogate based Global supplier to the ICT industry have added the latest Micro 3 fuse holder to their range of installation products for after market Telematics and Mobile Communications Equipment.

The latest vehicles are fitted with an increasing range of on-board connected devices which puts demands on wiring systems installed in confined spaces. The Micro 3 add-a-circuit fuse holder has been designed with this in mind housing two fuse elements in a width of just 15mm allowing more circuits to be added in smaller space. The three spade terminals have a width of 2.8mm and an overall width of 13mm.

The Micro 3 fuse holder can be used with the following fuse ratings:

The part number for the Co-Star Micro 3 add-a-circuit fuse holder is: IFH.18

Please click here for more information>