The Cyber business was awarded a multi-year contract by the Ministry of Justice to provide protective monitoring of its networks. It was also awarded an £8m contract to provide data security services to the UK Government’s smart meter programme.
A new leadership team has successfully commercialised Cyveillance®, with a renewed focus on the delivery of higher margin, repeatable security services to commercial markets. During the year, the business increased its revenue from US Fortune 500 customers as companies, particularly in regulated markets such as finance, energy and healthcare, established threat intelligence centres to predict and combat cyber risks.
The Group has also established a new Procurement Advisory Services business to deliver government procurement advice including tender assessment, cost and risk advisory services.
The Training business consolidated its position in the UK market during the year, increasing revenue on its flagship Distributed Synthetic Air Land Training (DSALT) programme at RAF Waddington and securing a two-year extension for the Defence Simulation Centre it has established for Joint Forces Command. It also won the re-compete of a £4m underpinning contract with the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl).
The OptaSense® business has been accelerated by the acquisition of Redfern Integrated Optics (RIO), a market leading supplier of low noise semi-conductor lasers, with a turnover of $5m in 2013.
OptaSense® won the oil and gas industry’s first multi-year 4D distributed acoustic sensing contract for the vertical seismic profiling of up to 12 oil wells simultaneously in Oman. In the rail market OptaSense® is partnering with Deutsche Bahn under an 18-month contract. In the infrastructure security market, OptaSense® won three key orders to protect over 1,600km of pipeline in the Middle East. OptaSense® also won Queens Awards for Export and Innovation.
As a partner in the European Space Agency (ESA) the Space business signed an agreement that ensured the long-term development of the facility at Redu, Belgium as a strategic focus for European space activities. The business is also a member of a Belgian consortium that won a contract to design and build an agriculture monitoring satellite for the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology.