Commtronix was formed by two former NTL and Arqiva employees at the end of 2008.
Alan worked as a principal engineer for NTL and Arqiva for over 15 years specialising in telemetry, control, automation and data/backhaul networks in telecommunications and broadcast.
From projects such as monitoring the worlds first revenue earning SDH transport over microwave radio network, to pioneering digital playout and multiplexing systems for radio and television service, to re-engineering the UK broadcast network for digital transmission, Alan has played a pivotal hands on role.
Prior to joining NTL in 1994 he worked in the Scottish water industry performing a similar role delivering real-time monitoring services combined with PMR (private mobile radio) technologies to keep a critical 24/7/365 service available to consumers. Alan has also worked for British Rail Signalling and Telecomms Engineering (S&TE) on a range of critical safety systems as well as the back-room infrastructure at the forefront of the digital revolution in the late 1980’s.
Graduating from Edinburgh’s Napier University with a degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering he has also worked for radio communications suppliers, designing and interfacing bespoke datacomms modules into commercial PMR radio systems including trunking and numerous MPT standards of the day. With further experience of writing and implementing software test routines, debugging prototype commercial software, component level fault finding on all manner of equipment and installing/commissioning mega-watt diesel generators there is not much in the world of communications and electronics engineering that Alan has not been involved with.
In his spare time, he likes to listen to music, ride his mountain bike through the New Forest and restore vintage audio and broadcast equipment – although today’s technology may pay the bills, yesterdays technology and the problems the designers had to overcome is an inspiration.
Wallace has been in the electronics and communications industry for over 20 years, he started his career working for small manufacturing company’s and after 5 years went freelance working for major MOD clients such as Plessey, Ferranti, Alcatel, Marconi, Siemens. This led to five years of continuous work at Matra Marconi Space, acquiring ESA certification building and installing in clean-room conditions “flight ready” assemblies for various satellite clients, including Inmarsat and Skynet.
For a decade from 1999 he worked for the NTL group and its spun-off subsidiary Arqiva Ltd as a Senior Technician, building and installing broadcast systems and telecom networks whilst developing specialist skills in telemetry and control systems.
He is an expert in all aspects of cable and assembly specification, build and installation including RF, Data, fibre optic splicing, telecoms’ and power systems.
Wallace also has extensive knowledge and expertise in surface mount technology including his own SMD re-work facilities and prototype build of any complexity.
In his spare time Wallace enjoys walking his dog along the Dorset coastline and riding his motorbike, and a small home business in repairing laptops and other marvels of modern miniaturised electronics.
Alan and Wallace are both 17th edition electrical qualified, Lucid fibre optic trained, hold valid First Aid and rooftop/ladder working certificates, along with fork lift truck operators licences, and numerous other qualifications and skills.