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Experts at IT firm MWL Systems in Wrexham have been helping the astrophysics centre in Cheshire gather data from space.
The team at MWL Systems is well known for its expertise and the support it offers to a wide range of businesses in the region but are proving they can develop IT solutions in some more unusual locations.
Jodrell Bank is best known for the iconic Lovell Telescope at its Cheshire base.
Less well known are the five smaller telescopes that collect vital astrophysical data at rural locations around the UK.
Despite the high-tech equipment of the Manchester University project, the systems were reliant upon the same kind of internet connections that many remote locations use. Their requirement was to ensure important data was collected regardless of any interruptions to internet service.
The nature of the sites meant they were using broadband connections which usually maintained good service but when something went wrong, it could take a long time to repair.
MWL was presented with the challenge of finding a way to preserve the collection of important information regardless of interruptions to these services.
Where other suppliers were unable to solve the many issues presented, MWL employed specialist technologies and connections for each telescope and a fail over system that will switch automatically to allow an uninterrupted flow of data from the sites.
Matt Kingsley-Williams, commercial director of MWL Systems, said: “We were up to the challenge.”
“our engineers overcame numerous technical obstacles to provide them with a robust, flexible system which will enable them to reliably collect their important data.
“We are delighted the project went so well and immensely proud to have added the prestigious Jodrell Bank to our list of clients.”
They also supplied a large number of IP connections to allow the addition of equipment to the system, allowing far greater flexibility when conducting experimentation.
With internet security a growing concern, MWL Systems also integrated more stringent safety measures to help keep the project secure.
A spokesman from the Astrophysics centre said: “We approached MWL because they have the detailed expertise needed to deliver such an important project.
“With access to a range of technologies through their partnerships with different manufacturers, they were able to use these and their knowledge to devise a secure and effective enhancement to support our work.”