BSC Associates Ltd
Engineering Consultancy Services

Brian Collins
BSc(Eng), CEng, FIET, MIEEE
 

Antennas and radio systems  worldwide service. Business advice for SMEs in technical markets

14 successful years of consulting,
>100 successful projects
2002 - 2016

 

Consultant in radio systems, antennas, radio propagation, and the business activities of SMEs working in international markets.

BSC Associates Ltd  undertakes design, installation, inspection and maintenance services for antennas and associated radio equipment.

Bespoke design of embedded antennas for user devices and IoT hardware is a speciality. A recent client comments "The new products have a range of about twice that of our existing products." Unlock the performance of your devices with well optimised antennas!

Extensive experience of antennas for base stations and broadcast use (LF to UHF).

My qualified associates provide expertise in lean manufacturing, mechanical design, installation services, QA and complementary disciplines.

 Contact me: by e-mail or phone: +447 971 260 962

I am currently Chair of the Antenna Interface Standards Group (AISG Ltd). AISG represents most major world companies manufacturing  base station antennas and tower-mounted amplifiers, as well as major operators and infrastructure vendors. The standard for the remote control of a variety of antenna line equipment is available for download from our website at www.aisg.org.uk, where you will also find a list of members and information about joining the Group..

BSC Associates is a Founder Member of Cambridge Wireless. I am a Champion of the
Radio Technology Special Interest Group,

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The large range of my designs is illustrated by  a 110-m MF antenna, the antenna for an award-winning cellular-enabled watch and a compact VHF marine antenna. On-site measurements worldwide - here shown at a lighthouse and measuring the antenna for a biometric sensor inside a cow.

(Below) Invisible rear antenna on Mu-so wireless music player. Patent applied for, and photo by permission of Naim Audio

 


Consultancy projects include:

  • Antennas for electrically small devices – including watches, labels, security devices, GPS devices, RFID devices. IoT devices and marine AIS units.
  • Diagnosis of EMC problems on small platforms for mobile radio and GNSS
  • RF Design of small platforms
  • Antennas for body-worn devices
  • RADHAZ investigation and remediation
  • LF and MF antenna systems 100W to 600kW – design, installation and commissioning
  • Antennas for ground penetrating radar
  • Patent work – writing, defending and assailing
  • Market assessments for new products
  • Business development
  • Accident investigation
  • Advice on product development and company investments

Antennas and applications

  • Antenna modeling and design
  • Antenna siting and planning
  • Antennas for personal communications devices and connectivity for M2M and IoT
  • EMC investigation and remediation
  • RFID readers and devices
  • Measurement of antennas and associated equipment
  • Installation and commissioning
  • Site surveys and reports
  • On-site fault diagnosis and rectification
  • RADHAZ/SAR investigations
  • On-site field strength surveys
  • Maintenance, modification and upgrade of existing equipment
  • Radio system specification reviews and compliance advice

Propagation studies

  • LF, MF and HF propagation studies and field strength measurements
  • VHF/UHF/SHF path analysis
  • Satellite link budgets

Markets

  • Mobile Communications - base stations and consumer terminals for all applications
  • Meters, sensors, alarms, call systems, industrial process systems
  • RFID readers
  • Broadcasting and communications 100kHz - 6GHz
  • Civil aviation and navaids
  • Telemetry
  • Short-range devices
  • Industrial and medical devices
  • Extended wireless hotspots

Innovation and Patents  Extensive experience in drafting patents, searching for prior art, responding to Examiners' search reports, and expert witness services in patent litigation. My patents are listed here.

World Wide Experience  I regularly work overseas and have completed projects for clients in many countries. This link lists countries I've worked in.

Technical writing  I have written product documentation, technical papers and chapters for five antenna textbooks from well known publishers. For a bibliography of my technical papers please follow this link.

Expert witness services  I've provided expert support for planning applications, patent litigation and the investigation of engineering failures and personal accidents.

Measurement facilities    I have my own network and spectrum analysers and use a SATIMO 3-D chamber for the measurement of antenna patterns, efficiency and the active performance of radio terminals in the band 400MHz - 6GHz.

RADHAZ 
Having worked with antennas for more than 50 years, including many high power radio and TV broadcast systems, I have good reason to be interested in research on the possible effects of EM fields on the human body.

    BSC Associates is a member of the
UK National Register of RF Workers, a group sharing knowledge on safety standards, metrology, and the latest research on medical aspects of exposure to EM fields.

(Photo: Savi-Anne Howe, Mar 2014)

Management

  • Reviewing prospects of companies seeking investment
  • Reviews and recommendations on processes and operations
  • Advising on technical proposals for new products and markets

Technical writing

  • Specifications
  • Proposals
  • Presentations
  • Product handbooks and user manuals
  • Patents
  • Standards documents
  • Technical articles, white papers and presentations

Training

  • Radio communications
  • Antenna design and application
  • Radio propagation
  • Corrosion and its prevention
  • Use of metals and plastics
  • RF Measurements
  • RF Platform design
  • Creation and delivery of presentations

Professional  I'm a regular member of the TPCs for antenna conferences organised by the IEEE and IET and serve as a referee for the Antennas and Propagation journals of both institutions. I'm also a member of UK EPSRC's Peer Review College.

Academic   I hold an appointment as an Honorary Visiting Professor in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary, University of London, and lecture at annual courses on Antennas & Propagation at the University of Surrey.

Personal career history   For many years I was Technical Director at CSA Ltd, leading the engineering team on the design, manufacture and installation of antennas for broadcasting, communications and military applications.

From 2003-2012 I was Chief Applications Engineer with Antenova Ltd, where I designed antennas for a wide variety of UEs, including handsets, payment terminals and GPS trackers.

I have provided a wide range of consultancy services since 2002 and have now completed more than 100 projects. I will be happy to provide a reference list on request.

Languages  Je parle français et j'ai entrepris des projets sur site en France et en autres pays francophones.

My Linked-In page is here             LinkedIn

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BSC Associates Ltd is registered in England, No. 4818441

times since October 2002.