Glasgow-based Boston Networks, Wales-based Pinacl and Pinacl GDA, North Shields and Birmingham-based 2020 Vision Systems and London-based PEL Services have united to rebrand as North.
The five companies had been brought together to build a modern and progressive network infrastructure, Internet of Things (IoT) and safety and security business, delivering innovative and specialist services.
While businesses have struggled throughout the pandemic, the expertise of North’s constituent parts in providing integrated technology, networking and safety and security provision has been in demand, with them helping companies across the UK to adapt to their new environment.
In recent months North’s constituent parts have secured contracts totalling £30m+ in a diverse range of industries right across the UK, as organisations prepare for the post-Covid world.
Throughout the period, North has continued to strengthen its team through new strategic appointments and will be recruiting further to increase its 250 head count. With plans in place to exceed £100m turnover in the next three years.
Among recent project wins are:
- A four-year contract with Hammersmith & Fulham Council worth £4m+, with North appointed to relocate the Council’s safety & security command and control facility, while future proofing its CCTV and infrastructure estate made up of over 1900 cameras.
- Several Government and other public sector projects totalling £18m, currently confidential under NDAs.
The creation of North gives birth to a collaborative business which offers a unique breadth and depth of expertise across the Internet of Things (IoT), networking and connectivity, and safety and security.
North operates the £6m IoT Scotland network, part funded by the Scottish Government, supporting businesses across the country with innovative projects via hundreds of LPWAN (Long Range) wireless gateways situated throughout the country.
An early target of the new company will be to engage with other UK local and regional authorities aiming to roll out similar IoT infrastructures UK-wide.
Due to the strength that each of the businesses have brought in forming North, and their respective loyal customer base, there are very few companies in the sector with such a broad and complementary range of expertise. North’s complete independence also means it is free to select the right technologies for its customers.