COVID-19: We’ll keep you connected

STATEMENT FROM MARK QUINN, MANAGING DIRECTOR, EMR INTEGRATED SOLUTIONS

 

The team at EMR continue to provide our clients with a combination of uninterrupted field and remote support.

And whether you need engineering services to keep your telemetry networks online, or two-way radio handsets to keep your staff safely connected, our full team is here to serve.

We’re very conscious that much of our work involves the support of critical national infrastructure across energy, renewables and water in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Our field engineering teams and remote staff in our Network Operations Centre are working as normal to manage support requests as they arrive.

We have adopted strategies to minimise risk exposure for staff, all of the team and our clients.  We continue to work in a safe and secure environment that respects the current advice from government and public health authorities.

Let’s get through the difficult weeks and months ahead together and please reach out to us if there’s anything we can do to help.

We hope you all stay safe.

Further UK market investment by EMR with two new senior hires

Further UK market investment by EMR with two new hires

Leading utility networks and mobile telecommunications supplier, EMR Integrated Solutions today announced continued UK market investment with the addition of two new hires to the team.  The appointments enhance the PMO and field-based engineering functions within the business.

Neil Beasant joins as programme manager.  An experienced MBA and PRINCE2 certified professional, Neil will be responsible for managing project delivery for EMR’s growing utility business in the UK.

Neil joins the team with more than 10 years’ experience having held senior project and implementation roles across insurance, utilities, automotive, IT and leisure sectors.  His early career was marked by project management roles with BT, HMRC, Barclays, Vodafone and Cable & Wireless.

Neil holds an MBA in project management and international business management and is HND certified in aeronautical engineering and design.

Sam Garrard joins the team as a field-based installation technician and will be responsible for the rollout and support of utility networks for some of EMR’s high profile UK clients.

Sam joins from CBRE where he worked as a multi-skilled maintenance electrician, primarily managing a number of branches for Waitrose and the John Lewis Partnership.  Prior to this, Sam worked as an electrician with Integrated Water Services where he was involved in the rollout of three phase and single phase installations as well as the maintenance of onsite equipment such as pumps and PLCs.

Sam’s early career involved a period of self-employment, as an electrical improver.

Sam is City and Guilds certified in Electrical Installations.

The new appointments come on the back of strong business growth for the EMR team in the UK.  Its utility networks business, particularly in the renewables sector has grown strongly in recent times and continues to drive revenues upwards.

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Pictured above l-r are:  Neil Beasant, programme manager and Sam Garrard, installation technician with EMR.

EMR strikes oil with major communications upgrade for country’s leading petrochemicals manager

EMR strikes oil with major communications upgrade for country’s leading petrochemicals manager

Utility network and wireless telecoms supplier, EMR Integrated Solutions today announced the deployment of a high performance, two-way radio solution for the Common Oil Pipeline (COP) located at Dublin Port.

Based on Motorola Solutions technology and managed by COP operators, Hugh Munro and Co, the system eliminates blackspots by providing improved radio coverage for staff and boosts health and safety compliance with lone worker tracking via integrated GPS.

The COP is a critical piece of infrastructure with over two-thirds of all petroleum fuel imported into the country, coming through this pipeline network that runs from the port jetties back to the tank farms of each individual oil company.  Organisations operating at Dublin Port include household names such as Applegreen, Calor, Circle K, Tedcastles and Valero.

Commenting on the deal, Peter Murphy, managing director with Hugh Munro and Co said:

“We have a long-standing commercial relationship with the team at EMR.  They have always demonstrated a deep understanding of our business that helps us to deliver for our clients.”

Design of the two-way radio system had to take into account the hazardous nature of the environment.  Motorola’s range of ATEX DP4801Ex portables met that challenge head on, delivering high quality audio, integrated GPS, text messaging and full-colour displays with day/night mode to make reading text messages easier.

The deployment of extra base stations throughout the facility helps to eliminate several blackspots and in a clever twist of technology, a custom-built Call Point was designed.

This Call Point is used by the on-site fire warden to communicate with port staff and has at its core, Motorola telemetry radio.  Once activated, radio signals can remotely open the jetty gate on demand.

A five-year managed service brings management and monitoring of the radio system to a new level, with a greater degree of proactivity.  And a managed service financial model, negates the need for large-scale, upfront investment as the cost is spread over a five-year cycle.

“We designed a robust solution based on best-in-class Motorola Solutions technology. Motorola’s robust design philosophy coupled with our managed service ticks all the boxes for Peter and his team.”

Mark Quinn, managing director with EMR

 

Pictured left to right above are:  Mark Quinn, Managing Director, EMR, Peter Murphy, Managing Director, Hugh Munro & Co and Dean Reardon, Account Manager, EMR

Pic l-r: Tony Meleady, Network Sales Manager, EMR Integrated Solutions and Ronan Kelly, CTO EMEA & APAC with ADTRAN

Low-cost, rapid deployment of wireless Gigabit connectivity for telecoms operators now a commercial reality

  • Industry partnership between EMR and ADTRAN targets telecoms service providers and ISPs in UK and Ireland
  • Assists them in wirelessly and cost-effectively extending their ‘last mile’ network connectivity
  • Leverages existing carrier infrastructure, boosts investment return and realises ‘fibre-to-the-home’ and ‘fibre-to-the-premise’ connectivity options
  • Recognises consumer shift towards demand for streaming ‘Everything as a Service’, be that game streaming, UHD Video, monitored home security, or business cloud services

Dunboyne, Co Meath, Ireland, Wednesday 16th October 2019:  Utility network and wireless telecoms supplier, EMR Integrated Solutions today announced a commercial partnership with next-generation open networking provider, ADTRAN.  The alliance will help telecoms providers and ISPs across the UK and Ireland to wirelessly extend the speed and reach of their fibre networks and boost broadband availability for businesses and homes.

Under the terms of the deal, EMR will design, deploy and support ADTRAN’s range of ‘last mile’ wireless connectivity solutions, allowing telecoms service providers to use their existing fibre infrastructure to target under-served towns, villages or suburbs offering consumers symmetric speeds of up to 1Gbps.

The partnership recognises EMR’s long track record in delivering high-speed, wireless, small cell connectivity and service excellence in network management.

Commenting on the deal, Mark Quinn, managing director with EMR said:

“Our partnership with ADTRAN allows carriers and ISPs to grow their subscriber base and boost profitability, without having to grapple with the commercial limitations of fixed/fibre networks.  We leverage existing infrastructure to deliver multigigabit capacity coupled with ultra-fast deployment, thanks to ADTRAN’s self-healing and self- optimising architecture, which yields higher levels of service agility and operational simplicity for operators across the British Isles.”

The ADTRAN Metnet solution has the mesh bandwidth capacity needed by telecom operators to deliver fibre extension coverage, 5G fixed wireless access (FWA) and small cell backhaul.

The deal comes on the back of a forecasted explosion in high-bandwidth home entertainment services.  Market research* suggests that up to 50 per cent of European homes will have a 4K or 8K HD TV by 2020 while video and game streaming data rates are tracking to exceed 100 Mb/s per device.

“Society is rapidly transitioning from traditional consumerism, where the need to own everything that we engage with, is in decline,” said Ronan Kelly CTO EMEA & APAC with ADTRAN.

“The primary means for media distribution is now in the form of ‘As a Service’, where market dominance firmly resides with the web scale streaming companies, like Spotify and Netflix. We are about to witness the demands that streaming places on our networks explode, with the transition of the gaming industry over to the streaming distribution model, as Google Stadia, MS X-Cloud, Geforce and EA Games Atlas Cloud all launch in quick succession.

“Traditional broadband access technologies will not be able to cope with these new traffic types. We are genuinely entering the era of the Gigabit Society, where new approaches are needed for service delivery. When time to market and cost per home connected matter, ADTRAN Metnet leads the charge.”

EMR has experienced strong business growth in recent times fuelled by its deployment of utility and wireless network solutions and its expansion to the UK market.

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Pic l-r: Tony Meleady, Network Sales Manager, EMR Integrated Solutions and Ronan Kelly, CTO EMEA & APAC with ADTRAN

AIRSIDE SAFETY: Pic l-r: Rioch Farrelly, Operations and Quality Engineer, CLH Aviation Ireland, Mark Quinn, Managing Director, EMR and Dean Reardon, Account Manager, EMR

EMR boosts airside safety at Dublin Airport

Dunboyne, Co Meath, Ireland, Wednesday, 14th August 2019:  Leading SCADA network and mobile telecommunications supplier, EMR Integrated Solutions today announced the introduction of an airside emergency fuel shut down system for Dublin Airport.

The system, which allows staff to immediately cut jet fuel supply to the underground fuel hydrant following the accidental release of fuel at aircraft stands, significantly boosts airside safety for staff and the 30 million passengers that pass through the airport annually.

Based on Motorola wireless radio technology, the emergency stop system consists of eight emergency shut down enclosures located at fixed points in Pier Four, where the airport’s new underground fuel farm is now live.  A fleet of 16 mobile fuel support vehicles have also been fitted with emergency stop buttons.

“We were under huge time pressure to get this emergency system in place,” said Rioch Farrelly, operations and quality engineer with CLH Aviation Ireland.

“The system had to be fully operational before the underground hydrant went live.  The team at EMR were extremely knowledgeable and they brought that expertise to bear in the design, planning and deployment of a quality system, which was completed within a matter of weeks,” he said.

Each enclosure consists of an emergency button connected to a Motorola radio, which when triggered sends a telemetry signal back to SCADA system located in the CLH operations centre.  This immediately shuts off the fuelling valves and halts the flow of jet fuel.  The system provides remote, real-time status reports on the emergency enclosures, negating the need for manual checks by airside staff.

The enclosure also includes a front-mounted security camera to capture the image of the activator.*  It records 10 seconds before and after the activation and an integrated USB port allows aviation staff or airport police to download the images as required.

Back at CLH operations, staff have a granular view of the power status at each enclosure and this is visually represented on screen via their SCADA system.  They know the exact location of each enclosure and this saves time when re-setting or troubleshooting the emergency system.

Thanks to a SCADA controller, also deployed by the EMR team, CLH can carry out scheduled testing of the enclosures and hydrant support vehicles, without interfering with the live system or aircraft flight schedules.  It is a critical component of health and safety operating procedure, strictly enforced by the airport operator, Dublin Airport Authority.

Under a 20-year contract, CLH Aviation has plans to build an underground fuel hydrant pipeline to serve Piers One, Three and Four.  With the recent completion of the pipeline at Pier Four, aircraft can be fuelled airside, accelerating turn-around times and protecting tight operational margins for some of the major airlines based there.

EMR has just been appointed a Platinum Partner for Motorola in Ireland.  This is the highest possible accreditation in the Motorola partner program and recognises the company’s expertise and success in bringing innovative mobile communications solutions to the island of Ireland.

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Pic l-r: Rioch Farrelly, Operations and Quality Engineer, CLH Aviation Ireland, Mark Quinn, Managing Director, EMR and Dean Reardon, Account Manager, EMR

Brian Martin and Ronan Campion join the EMR team

EMR expands team with additional recruits to PMO and engineering

Leading SCADA and mobile telecommunications supplier, EMR Integrated Solutions today announced the addition of two new recruits to it Dunboyne-based team, beefing up its PMO and engineering functions.

Kevin Martin joins as project manager where as part of the company’s PMO he will handle project delivery for EMR’s growing business.   Kevin is tasked with managing the smooth rollout of radio and SCADA deployments and is currently working with customers such as Northern Ireland Water, Wexford County Council and Mayo County Council.

Kevin joins EMR from Noonan’s Corporate Solutions, where, as Customer Support Manager he worked as part of the team to project-manage the physical movement of AIB’s staff and facilities from Bank Centre to Molesworth Street.  As soft services manager he also managed AIB’s 210 nationwide branches.

Prior to this, Kevin spent 10 years with leading retailer, Woodies where he completed a Retail Management Degree with Letterkenny Institute of Technology and worked in many areas of the business across HR, logistics, sales and marketing.

Ronan Campion joins the team as a telecoms engineer, with responsibility for the deployment of wireless communication projects for the company’s growing customer base.  Ronan works on microwave, two-way radio and security solutions for customers such as eir Northern Ireland, SSE and Greencoat UK Wind.

Ronan joins from Viatel where he spent seven years in a similar role, primarily working in the field on connectivity projects for corporate clients and on Viatel’s own network backbone.  Prior to that, Ronan held a similar role with Shamrock Networks, also for a seven year period.

The latest recruitment drive stems from strong business growth.  In recent times, EMR has won high profile contracts with Irish Water, Affinity Water and Severn Trent Water in the UK as well as sustainable energy projects with PowerHouse Generation, Greencoat UK Wind and Enerco Energy.

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Pictured above left to right are:  Kevin Martin and Ronan Campion

EMR connects to TU Dublin for future engineering staff

Leading SCADA network and telemetry supplier, EMR Integrated Solutions today announced its continued participation in the ‘Learn and Work’ programme with TU Dublin’s Blanchardstown campus.

This innovative programme combines training at TU Dublin with blocks of work placement at EMR.  This work experience gives students the opportunity to apply their learning, be coached by EMR staff and develop the work-ready skills to gain employment upon graduation.

The course is part-funded by Irish Medtech Skillnet which in turn is financially supported by member companies and the Training Networks Programme through the Department of Education and Skills.

The programme delivers lots of benefit for employers, in a market where automation skills are in much demand.

Commenting on the development, Derek Glynn, COO with EMR said:

“We have access to graduates who come with a high level of industry experience from day one.  Through their four-year placement with us, they’re already embedded in the culture of our organisation, understand how we work and what it’s like to work in a challenging environment.”

Richard Bodnar is the company’s student for the 2018/2019 intake and is pursuing a BSc in Process Instrumentation & Automation.  Similar to an apprenticeship scheme, Richard attends college every Monday and spends four days a week with the EMR team, when he gets the opportunity to work on small plant automation and SCADA design.  He is mentored by senior EMR engineers and even graduates from last year’s programme.

From September to January next year, Richard will attend TU Dublin, Blanchardstown.

EMR first engaged with the ‘Learn and Work’ scheme back in August 2017, when Mechatronics students Dean Glynn and Darragh Quinn joined.  The program is designed to provide highly-educated students for the changing needs of industry.

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Pic l-r are: David Peyton, Academic Coordinator with TU Dublin, Richard Bodnar, EMR and Mark Keyes, Work Placement Coordinator with TU Dublin

EMR's PMO with Niall Clancy, Michael Quinn, Colm Farrell

Contract win success drives establishment of EMR’s formal Project Management Office

Leading SCADA network and mobile telecommunications supplier, EMR Integrated Solutions today announced the establishment of a formal project management office (PMO) with dedicated management and a dedicated team, to handle project delivery for its many customers across Ireland, UK and Europe.

The team has been set up in response to a strong upsurge in contract wins particularly in the UK, following the company’s entry to that market in late 2015.

The primary role of PMO is to provide a blend of overarching project direction and ongoing control and it will serve as the central hub between senior management, supervisors, engineering, sales, finance, service, logistics and the customer.

Commenting on the development, Derek Glynn, COO with EMR said:

“We’re seeing increasing project volume, variance and complexity, particularly in our UK business.  The establishment of a PMO will guide multi-project management processes that closely tie into EMR’s existing ISO quality, environment and Health and Safety procedures.  This will generate a significant reduction in project cycle times and successful project delivery in line with customer expectations.”

The PMO is led by Michael Quinn, a seasoned industry professional who previously served as COO with Dennison Trailers and as a senior director with Tomra, a world leader in sorting technology for the food, recycling and mining industries.   He was also formerly group operations manager with Odenberg Engineering and VP of European Operations with MTI and brings a wealth of operational experience to the role.

Michael is supported in his role by Niall Clancy and Colm Farrell.    Niall has been with EMR almost three years now in a project management role while Colm has been promoted from within, moving from a field technician role into project management.

EMR recently announced a €500,000 investment in the business and plans to increase headcount to 50 over the next 12 months.

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Pictured above left to right are:  Niall Clancy, Michael Quinn and Colm Farrell

EMR and Viatel announce partnership on cloud computing for EMR's hosted SCADA service

EMR flies high with Cloud Compute solution from Viatel

Irish cloud and connectivity company Viatel have today announced a deal with EMR Integrated Solutions, a leading provider of SCADA, mobile communications and instrumentation solutions in Ireland and the UK.

The deal will see Viatel provide cloud-based infrastructure to EMR, which delivers the company’s hosted SCADA as a Service to Irish Water and Dublin City Council.

EMR’s SCADA as a Service securely monitors and manages water production, water treatment and flood defense solutions using a combination of Infrastructure and Software as a Service delivery.  A helpdesk, manned by a dedicated support manager and engineering staff provides 24/7/365 support as well as more proactive services including SCADA application maintenance.

Commenting on the deal, Derek Glynn, chief operations officer with EMR said:

“We’re providing mission-critical SCADA services to a variety of organisations so it was important to choose a secure, reliable cloud services partner.  Viatel ticks all the boxes for us in terms of providing the type of secure, scalable, resilient infrastructure and robust SLAs our clients demand of us and we’re confident in our partnership as we grow our SCADA business in Ireland and beyond.”

EMR offers clients highly secure, co-located and virtual cloud application servers hosted in Viatel’s data centre with multiple Compute Cloud instances.  In the case of Irish Water, each local authority has its own cloud instance and can log into the EMR SCADA portal to view critical data associated with its water production and water treatment assets in the field.

With centralised physical servers in the Viatel Flexi cloud environment, EMR and its clients enjoy improved availability and resilience. Each VM on the Viatel Flexi Cloud is protected by Viatel’s backup service with full resiliency and failover back into EMR’s own datacentre.

Commenting on the announcement Viatel Director of Sales and Marketing Damien McCann stated:

“We are delighted to welcome EMR Integrated Solutions to the growing number of clients choosing Viatel for critical cloud and data centre applications. We look forward to building on this relationship for many years to come.”

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Pictured above from left to right are:  Marc Lynch, Public Sector Director, Viatel, Derek Glynn, COO, EMR and Damien McCann, Sales and Marketing Director, Viatel

LtoR: Mark Quinn, managing director, EMR, Robbie Scott, UK & Ireland Channel Account Manager, Motorola. Picture: Maura Hickey.

EMR appointed Platinum Partner for Motorola Solutions in Ireland

Dunboyne, Co Meath, Friday, 16th November 2018:  Leading SCADA network and mobile telecommunications supplier, EMR Integrated Solutions today announced its appointment as a Platinum Partner for Motorola Solutions’ range of mobile radio communications systems in Ireland, the highest accreditation in the Motorola Solutions partner program.

The appointment recognises EMR’s expertise and success in delivering innovative two-way radio systems that connect customers with critical information in moments that matter.

EMR is one of only two Platinum partners on the island of Ireland.

The EMR team has a long-standing relationship with Motorola Solutions, stretching back to the early 1980s and has supplied two-way radio solutions to a wide range of business users in sectors including energy, manufacturing, local government, education, construction and hospitality.

Recent successes include a three-year framework contract with ESB Telecoms Services for the refresh of their digital mobile radio (DMR) network across 23 power stations nationwide.

Commenting on the accreditation, Craig Calvert, Motorola Solutions channel sales director for Northern Europe and Middle East said:

“Motorola Solutions has made great strides forward in the development of our Partner Program, PartnerEmpower, and we are very proud of what we have achieved so far. We are even more proud of our extensive network of partners across the whole EMEA Region that have decided to join us on our journey.

“I am delighted that EMR have now reached the highest level, being recognised and awarded the Platinum Partner status. This is testament to the management and staff at EMR and their continued focus and drive to provide top quality communications solutions that incorporate Motorola Solutions equipment. Congratulations to all involved.”

Motorola Solutions is a core part of the EMR business and one which the company is committed to developing into the future, as Mark Quinn, managing director of EMR explained:

“Significant sales, marketing and technical investment in the Motorola Solutions brand has really paid off for us and aligns with our strategy of providing best-in-class communications solutions to industry.

“Customers have responded very positively to the Motorola Solutions portfolio as evidenced by very strong revenue performance in our two-way radio business through 2018. We’re predicting continued growth into 2019 and beyond.”

The Motorola Solutions PartnerEmpower Program is recognised as one of the best channel programs in the industry.  It equips Motorola Solutions partners with the technical knowledge and commercial acumen to serve the complex needs of the company’s customers worldwide.

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Pictured left to right above are: Mark Quinn, managing director, EMR, Robbie Scott, UK & Ireland Channel Account Manager, Motorola Solutions