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Gerald David OBE Award for Innovation in Business Radio


The Future Gerald David Award

When he instigated the Award in 2004, Gerald David OBE showed great insight into what we needed and encouraged the industry along the innovation path that has served us so well.

The FCS is clear that the principles and the values put forward by Gerald all those years ago, remain completely valid.  Thus, we will see a TRANSFORMED Gerald David Award competition being run in 2018.

The dynamics of the radio industry have changed markedly since 2005.  Innovation no longer takes place only in Development Laboratories.  Innovative solutions to problems are being introduced across all industry activity.  In response to this, the Gerald David Award will seek to include other forms of innovation that improve the business potential of our industry. 

Thus, the New Gerald David Award will look at new areas including:

  • Innovation in products, their design and manufacturing, as before.
  • Innovation in New Services implemented by software systems of any kind.
  • New innovative ways to serve customers through better solutions, greater flexibility to meet the customer needs and similar value-add.
  • Better solution provision through innovative approaches to putting customer solutions into use with emphasis on appropriate resilience, site engineering and installation.
  • Activities leading to the encouragement of a new generation of BR professionals to ensure a new and vital industry going forward into the future
  • Innovative approaches towards exploiting the new business opportunities that are very likely to come through socio-political changes.

The details of the new Award are in discussion and will be announced in 1st Quarter 2018.

The new award will again be limited to FCS members.  However, these changes will ensure the award remains directly related to the important activities in the industry in this changing world we now operate in.


Background Information

The United Kingdom relies heavily on Business Radio services to deliver essential services of general interest to everyone, including the correct functioning of Critical National Infrastructure. It is safe to say that without Business Radio, the UK would have difficulty putting food in the shops, keeping warm or staying safe. In short, BR has a significant input into many vital services and plays a major role in keeping our society going.

Business Radio is often wrongly characterised as old-fashioned and unchanging. Nothing could be further from the truth. BR is actually ahead of the curve in many ways. The Internet of Things which, in business radio terms is widely deployed as telemetry has been in place and operating successfully for decades. White Space Shared Spectrum, is only a form of what is for us every-day shared spectrum management and very high grade radio communications that other services are still struggling (and mostly failing) to achieve, is simply “what we do”. But our industry is not complacent. New and exciting innovations are constantly being introduced. The integration of the IP world into Business Radio offers the potential for all manner of new and exciting solutions for our customers.

The industry is moving along a path that will revolutionise the whole sector. Even for those who have no plans to change from their existing operations, the impact overall in terms of additional facilities will be beneficial. The level of innovation within the industry is extremely high. This is fortunate as without that innovation to solve difficult technical problems, the industry could become a victim of its own success. As the business grows and develops, so the problems we encounter and will encounter in the future will grow too.

It was for that reason that Gerald David OBE instigated the Award. He correctly foresaw that very high levels of innovation would be essential to keep the industry surging forward. The FCS is proud to maintain his legacy and keep this very important award growing from strength to strength.

If you have any queries about the award, please contact Tim Cull or call the FCS Team on: 020 7186 5432.


Past Winners

  • 2016: Panorama Antennas Ltd
  • 2015 Joint Winners: SMC & Maxxwave
  • 2014: Panorama Antennas Ltd
  • 2013: Motorola Solutions
  • 2012: Sepura Plc
  • 2011: AW Communication Systems Ltd
  • 2010: Kenwood Electronics UK Ltd
  • 2009: MiMoMax
  • 2008: AWCSL
  • 2007: Team Simoco
  • 2006: AW Communication Systems
  • 2005: Team Simoco
  • 2004 Inaugural Winner: Key Radio