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Clearbox Systems Update and Message from Managing Director

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Message from Greg Reid, Managing Director

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Following the sudden and sharp impact of COVID-19 upon the Australian economy and across the entire business spectrum, I would like to state clearly the intention of Clearbox Systems to continue operating as efficiently and safely as we can to ensure the ongoing resilience and reliability of our clients’ critical communications and broadcast infrastructure across Australia.

People are the key asset and driver of our business, ensuring their safety is paramount. We can then consistently maintain the level of delivery, service and support required for our customers. We have followed ongoing government advice in supporting our staff to work from home where possible in both New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, until such restrictions ease.

With dedicated communication channels, regular team calls and our customer centric support service, our team remains highly functional, effective and focussed in helping our customers maintain their own business operations and goals throughout this challenging period. It is our time to help them as best we can.

We consider Defence, and particularly Defence communications, essential services. Similarly we consider Broadcast, and particularly free to air terrestrial broadcast, also as essential services. It is these critical networks that form the backbone of a coordinated national resilience effort and response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have adjusted and will continue to adapt as required, to ensure continuity and reliability of our services, in support of the broader sovereign industry capability in these trying times.


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Business Continuity at Clearbox Systems

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Clearbox Systems are following all directives issued under Federal and State legislature and guidance, as and when it is updated.

Whilst we do not presently have any staff with a confirmed case of COVID-19, we are prioritising the following precautions:

  • Any and all staff who have returned from an overseas trip within the past two (2) weeks are presently self-isolating
  • All staff will be working from home for the immediate future, save for essential access requirements to the Clearbox offices.
  • Physical onsite support at all client facilities is by critical requirement only.
  • With respect to support and hardware, our telephone support is still available and calls will be routed to the most appropriate Clearbox person in line with our existing customer agreements.
  • A limited supply of hardware is in our possession and can be retrieved and/or used for repairs as required to support customer needs.

All maintenance, support, projects and new business requirements are being successfully met with a minimum of disruption.

We see all commercial activities continuing as normal for the foreseeable future.


 

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Supporting Essential Services at Clearbox Systems

Clearbox Systems is sometimes referred to as “the special sauce” that keeps critical communications infrastructure monitored, controlled and operational across Defence, Defence communications and broadcast services. This is primarily due to the unique ability of our monitoring and control software to integrate across hardware circuits, regardless of brand, make or model of the integrated equipment.

With status signals amalgamated and resolved to a simple graphical user interface, operators and onsite support personnel can quickly and easily see alerts, alarms, automated route switching and other unique parameters designed for their needs and ease of operation.

It is through this agnostic integration and amalgamated GUI that Clearbox Systems provides an efficient and highly effective portal for operators to view the equipment status and operational functionality of their critical infrastructure communications network.

With exacting demands presently placed upon all sovereign communications networks throughout this pandemic crisis, Clearbox Systems are squarely positioned to ensure ongoing support for terrestrial broadcast, Defence and Defence communication operation and resilience.


SME Industry Support

At times like these, it is paramount that Australia’s sovereign Defence industry rallies to ensure its fundamental input to capability does not diminish through hardship, inaction or loss of focus.

Clearbox Systems invites all Defence industry organisations to contact us in relation to any significant impacts you may be experiencing. We will work together collaboratively, with as many commercial partners as possible, to ensure the Australian spirit shines through in every sovereign endeavour, to support national resilience.

Contact can be made via the following channels:

Email: info@clearboxsystems.com.au
Phone: 02 9114 6164
LinkedIn: clearbox-systems

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2020 Australian Military Sales Catalogue

Australian Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price has release the fourth edition of the Australian Military Sales Catalogue.

Clearbox Systems is pleased to have its Foresight product list – a tool already used by Australian Defence for equipment and sensor monitoring and control, spectrum monitoring and management, and network management.

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New Wideband SDR prototype readies for commercial production

Clearbox Systems is pleased to have completed prototyping with the Royal Australian Air Force for a new, small form factor, Software Defined Radio.

With dimensions of 90mm x 104mm x 152mm and weighing in at 1.2kg the unit packs an impressive set of features, including:

  • RF: TX/RX from 70MHz-6GHz, 12-bit depth, 0.2MHz – 56MHz IBW (in the variant show, there is also a HF variant)
  • PNT: GNSS Module
  • Comms: 4G LTE Modem for private LTE BLOS (in this variant), Ethernet of USB
  • CPU: available for use by customer
  • Power: rechargeable batter system providing up to 4.5 hours estimated run time
  • Antenna: interchangeable depending on platform/mission

The initial deployment will be running some Clearbox Systems software that enables interoperability of the unit with ADF and coalition software suites. In this configuration, the unit will provide a non-sensitive, low-cost, fully expendable ISREW sensor solution.

It can be deployed in theatre in great numbers to rapidly sense and shape the electromagnetic spectrum in advance of additional forces being committed.

Trials will also see the unit deployed on UAVs, High-altitude balloons and other air mobility assets.

We’re proud to be working with the Royal Australian Air Force to remake ISREW for a 5th generation battlespace. Any sensor, any platform, any effector.

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Nominations received for multiple awards at the Australian Space Awards

Clearbox Systems is pleased to have been nominated as a finalist in three categories at the Australian Space Awards.

We are a finalist for ‘Business of the Year – SME’ and ‘Defence Business of the Year’, and our Executive Director, Jeremy Hallett, is a finalist for ‘Executive of the Year’.

Backed by the Australian Space Agency and the Space Industry Association of Australia, the Australian Space Awards recognise individuals and organisation that are at the forefront of Australia’s rapidly developing Space economy.

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RAAF selects Clearbox Systems for lightweight ISREW sensor development

Clearbox Systems has been selected by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) to develop a lightweight ISREW sensor including the necessary hardware and the software development to integrate into relevant Defence systems.

The project is a follow on from the RAAF’s ISREW sensor trials and will see Clearbox Systems deliver an initial quantity of sensors for testing in a number of environments.

The sensors are part of an exciting development of Defence’s ISREW capability that is exploring non-traditional approaches to ISREW by deploying payloads (sensors, effectors, comms) separate from platforms.

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Award for Young Achiever of the Year

Tim Spitzer, Technology Development Manager at Clearbox Systems has been announced as winner of the AIDN-ACT Young Achiever awards. Joining us as a graduate engineer, Tim now leads our R&D efforts as well as providing technology leadership across a number of our programs.

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Clearbox Systems hiring for multiple roles to commence in 2020

12 December 2019

Clearbox Systems is now hiring for 11 new roles to commence immediately.

We continue to win new programs in Australia and abroad and we are growing our headcount rapidly to deliver what we have and to prepare for what is coming.

The work we do is meaningful, our culture is relaxed and inclusive, and we are keen to help you reach your career goals through training and development. So, come work for a rapidly growing technology company solving complex problems for communications networks and the electromagnetic spectrum.

We have opened recruitment for the following roles:

More info on the roles and instructions for applying can be found on our Careers page (click the link). Seek ads will be posted shortly too.

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Mike Johnson elected to board of Australian Defence Information and Electronic Systems Association (ADIESA)

26 November 2019

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Clearbox Systems’ Business Development Manager, Mike Johnson has been elected to the Board of the Australian Defence Information and Electronic Systems Association (ADIESA) at its 2019 AGM.

The association plays a key role in enhancing Australia’s Defence capability in the information and electronic systems domain.

Clearbox Systems is proud to be a member of the association and to contribute to its ongoing success.

We encourage our staff to contribute to the wider industry in which we participate and congratulate Mike on his electron and wish him all the best.

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UNSW Canberra collaborates with Clearbox Systems

25 November 2019

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UNSW Canberra and Canberra based SME Clearbox Systems have been successful in securing Commonwealth funding to undertake a collaborative research project.

The successful research project will see experts from UNSW Canberra Space work alongside Clearbox Systems focusing on Space Situational Awareness (SSA), which is centred around mitigating the risks associated with the hazard of orbital collisions in the congested near-Earth orbits.

The key activities undertaken as part of the grant will be determining the most appropriate spacecraft signals to enhance SSA, and devising methods to extract information, including spacecraft trajectory information from those signals.

It is expected that there will be at least a 20-fold increase in the number of active Low Earth Orbit satellites in the next 5 years, and a similar increase in the total mass in low earth orbit. This project will enhance tracking and knowledge of the behaviour of these satellites.

UNSW Canberra Space Director Russell Boyce said that this collaboration will make progress in a priority area for the Australian space research community, and is bringing together academia and industry to deliver real world solutions addressing user needs and opportunities.

“Australia makes an important contribution to global space collision avoidance. This research will raise the bar and enhance that contribution even further,” he said.

Jeremy Hallett, Executive Director of Clearbox Systems, said the company is excited to be working with UNSW Canberra Space, and can see this as knocking on the door of major opportunities in the world of SSA.

“We have deep expertise in Satellite Communications and believe we can adapt this for SSA applications. However, we believe our best chance of success will come through collaboration which is at the core of our business. By engaging closely and often with institutions like UNSW Canberra, it will enable us to sharpen our focus and accelerate new product development,” he said.

The funding was awarded as part of the Innovation Connections grant program. Innovation Connections assists businesses to understand their research needs, connect with the research sector and fund collaborative research projects.

UNSW Canberra Space is a world-class team with facilities to enable end-to-end space mission capability. From its base at UNSW Canberra, the team play a leading role in shaping and developing the Australian space industry to meet global challenges.