Morgan Innovation & Technology has won a new manufacturing contract to support Winchester based panoramic imaging company, Observant Innovations. The companies met at Nucleus Expo in Southampton Science Park in 2016. Morgan IAT will manufacture the Patrol, a vehicle-mounted panoramic camera, at its modern manufacturing facility in Petersfield, Hampshire. Their research team is also guiding the company through regulatory conformance with the Vehicle Certification Agency, commonly known as the E Mark.
Observant Innovations is a British company founded in 2013 to develop a range of panoramic cameras using proprietary software and specialist optical technology. The small team has so far undertaken R&D, sourcing and assembly in-house, but has reached a critical growth stage. The manufacturing contract with Morgan IAT is part of a strategic plan to scale up its operations in the UK and abroad.
John Scholes, Chairman of Observant Innovations said: “We need certified, competent, high quality manufacturing. Not only can Morgan’s enable us to scale the production, but they also have a credible track-record.” The firm beat other competitive quotes on manufacturing prices. “They have a special approach whereby they will invest in new innovations if they believe in the product,” added Scholes.
Morgan IAT is ISO 9001-2008, ISO 13485 certified and is a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved company with experience of regulatory approvals.
Nigel Clarke, CEO, commented: “We’re very pleased to support another local company, and to help bring a new high-tech product to market. Cost-effective high-tech manufacturing is alive and thriving in the UK.”
Patrol is a new and disruptive technology for police, emergency services, military and safety and security professionals. Designed to be vehicle-mounted, it gives a complete, 360-degree video image from one single camera in one position. It operates by providing comprehensive views of the full scene, either as a full panorama, or multiple virtual pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras, or a virtual reality feed, allowing a user to see images from any direction. For example, you might have one view of a path, but will also be able to see someone walking up from the other direction.