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Synectics Celebrates 25 Years

Tuesday, 07 April 2015

Surveillance and telematics expert Synectics has marked its 25th anniversary with celebrations at its new Preston headquarters. 

Paul Webb, Chief Executive of Synectics Plc, as well as the original founders of the business, John and Christine Haworth, joined the Synectics Mobile team in celebrating two and a half decades of equipping the coach and bus industry with cutting-edge on-board technology.

Founded in 1990, the company was initially named “Lancashire Optical Observation Kameras Ltd”, which was later changed to LOOK CCTV.

It was Blackpool Transport who first challenged the young company to make CCTV work on buses, a challenge that started LOOK CCTV’s - and later Synectics’ - long and close relationship with the coach and bus sector.

By the start of the new millennium, some of the biggest names in the industry were among LOOK’s customers, including Stagecoach, which came on board in 2003.  

Close co-operation with operators great and small drove R&D at LOOK, with new products and innovations including brake, speed and indicator overlays and first forays into digital technology.

In 2004, LOOK CCTV was acquired by Quadnetics Group, now Synectics plc, providing a further boost to R&D capabilities.  

In the decade since 2004, the company, now trading as Synectics Mobile Systems and a division of Synectic Systems Group Limited, has introduced its own digital video recorder (the T-series), as well as telematics system Genius and various other helpful tools and pieces of kit that make operators’ lives easier and passengers safer.

Synectics’ client list now includes Go-Ahead, won in 2013, as well as Metroline, LondonUnited, Abellio in London, ADL, Wrightbus and many others. 

Jeff Fail, Managing Director at Synectics Mobile Systems, said: “We’re incredibly proud of our history and of the organisation we have grown to be. Today, our systems can be found on bus and coach fleets, but also on light rail vehicles and ambulances.”

“25 years ago, we were a small local business, today we have global reach: over 1000 vehicles in Hong Kong carry our equipment. And long gone are the days when CCTV was a “grudge purchase” for operators. In fact, for many of our customers, CCTV has become a cornerstone of their operations that has a direct impact on the bottom line. Me, my team here in Preston, and our nationwide network of service engineers are looking forward to continuing our journey with the coach and bus sector - making on-board systems work harder for operators every day!” 

Synectics supports over 20,000 CCTV systems and over 3,000 telematics systems. More than 6,000 units of its T-series DVRs are in operation today.