Strategic order from EISCAT_3D – pioneering radar facility in northern Scandinavia

Qamcom

Around 130 engineers currently work at Qamcom, most of them with a research background and long experience of industry. The company is a catalyst for transfer of advanced technology between academia and industry.

“We work with specialist consulting and with product development, which places demands on our employees,” explains Omid Sotoudeh, Site Manager at Qamcom. “In addition to consulting, we’re engaged in national and international research projects. We serve as a technology house – we develop products and outsource production of bigger volumes.”

“Good collaboration between the research facility and us as supplier is crucial for developing really strong research at the cutting edge of technology.”

Qamcom specialises in products and services in AI, wireless communication, autonomous systems, radar systems and industrial IoT.

Pulse and steering control unit for phase control of antennas

Many of the company’s employees have worked on projects involving Big Science, and many have a background in space research. In 2019, Qamcom won a big, strategic order to supply equipment to the EISCAT_3D facility, an international research infrastructure that is building up a pioneering radar facility with three large antenna fields in Norway,  Finland and Sweden. Basic research will examine how the Earth’s atmosphere is linked with space.

The equipment that Qamcom is supplying is a pulse and steering control unit that generates and sends radar pulses and signals to control and monitor the transmitters. The control unit is being developed in close collaboration with the client.

“There’s a lot of preparatory work needed before winning an order like this, and Big Science Sweden has helped with important contacts,” explains Omid Sotoudeh. “Good collaboration between the research facility and us as supplier is crucial for developing really strong research at the cutting edge of technology.”

Clear presentation

In its pitch, Qamcom presented the technically most interesting solution for EISCAT_3D. A complete design was used that clearly showed how they would develop the product and what the finished product would look like.

Now the company wants to increase its engagement with the research facilities, and continually monitors updates of the facilities’ needs.

“We will need to recruit new staff. It can be hard to find skilled workers on a hot market, but Big Science serves as a carrot. Big Science is perceived as challenging, fun and interesting.”

Publishing year 2020