Alan Banks awarded for lifetime contribution to electronics industry at last night’s TechWorks Awards

24th November – Visteon’s Alan Banks was last night awarded the TechWorks lifetime contribution award for his role in making the UK a world-leading hub in automotive electronics.

In addition to his role at Visteon – itself a leading player in the sector, specialising in automotive cockpit electronics and with customers including Ford, Renault/Nissan, Mazda, BMW, GM, Honda, PSA, JLR, VW, Daimler and others – Banks is also chair of the Automotive Electronic Systems Innovation Network, which brings together expertise from over 90 companies developing automotive electronics .

The awards celebrate the year’s key electronics innovations, people and companies from across the UK and Ireland. While these are the inaugural TechWorks Awards, they follow on from the NMI Awards, which ran from 2001 to 2016.

The gong was presented by the BBC’s Rory Cellan-Jones at last-night’s award gala. In presenting the award Cellan-Jones highlighted that: “Electronics has become the cornerstone of automotive development, underpinning electrification, autonomy and connectivity.” And said of Alan that: “At a time of great opportunity for our industry, [Alan] has in no small way helped to bring together and promote the UK automotive electronics supply chain as a world-class cluster of excellence.”

Speaking at the event Alan Banks said: “I am delighted and honoured to be receiving this award. I passionately believe in the power of collaboration as an instrument to success, particularly in the changing and challenging world of Automotive Electronics.

 “The power of AESIN is in its networking and collaboration, and has given me the platform and opportunity to practice this and the recognition of my personal efforts in this space is gratefully received particularly at this time in my career.”

Other key winners on the night included Cambridge Mechatronics, which won Company of the Year; Unmanned Life, which took home the Disruptive Innovation award; and vivaMOS, which was declared Emerging Technology Company of 2017.


The full list of winners is:


Company of the Year Award – Cambridge Mechatronics

Contribution to Industry Award – Alan Banks, Visteon

Product of the Year Award – Xilinx


Automotive Electronics Innovation & Excellence Award – EnSilica

Disruptive Innovation Award – Unmanned Life

Emerging Technology Company of the Year Award- vivaMOS

More Than Moore Award – Lime Microsystems


Manufacturing Site of the Year Award – Xaar

Manufacturing Supplier of the Year Award – Compugraphics


Research Collaboration Award – Compound Semiconductor Centre

University Research Group of the Year Award – Centre for Device Thermography & Reliability, University of Bristol


Young Engineer of the Year award – Siddartha Khastgir, WMG, University of Warwick

UKESF Scholar of the Year Award: Eliza Law – University of Southampton & Jamie Tuphlome – University of Leeds

Autonomous Vehicles expert from PA Consulting to Present Keynote at the Premier UK Automotive Electronics Conference

The Automotive Electronic Systems Innovation Network (AESIN) Expands Impressive Line-up of top Industry Leading Speakers

The Automotive Electronic Systems Innovation Network (AESIN) is a dedicated UK initiative focused on the accelerated and advanced delivery of Electronic Systems into Automotive applications and infrastructure.

AESIN today announced the addition of another notable industry speaker to its exciting programme – Simon Clark; Autonomous Vehicles expert & Consumer lead at PA Consulting is joining the AESIN2017 Conference, Oct 3, Solihull.




KEYNOTE: When Will My Car Be Able To Pick Me Up?: A Timeline for Autonomous Vehicle Enablement

The Autonomous Vehicles expert of PA Consulting will share his views on what the journey to successful vehicle autonomy looks like, discussing how Connected Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) are likely to progress over the coming decade.

Simon’s experience in autonomous vehicles stems from working as part of Jaguar Land Rover to launch their first suite of connected car products across two vehicle platforms and three countries, back in early 2014.

With an engineering degree from Loughborough, a masters from Cambridge University and over 11 years’ industry and consulting experience; Simon’s background in engineering, supply chain, marketing and strategy provide him with the ability to view the subject of autonomous vehicles from different perspectives which is vital for such a diverse and complex subject.

Held on Oct 3rd at the National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull; this Premier UK Conference and Networking Dinner will provide insight into the latest thinking from Industry leaders and champions and offers companies the opportunity to engage in UK programmes driving the automotive revolution enabled by electronic systems.


Speakers include:

  • David Skipp, Manager, UK Research and Advanced EngineeringFord Motor Company
  • Alessandro Modigliana, Senior Specialist, Satellite Communications & Paul Febvre, CTO Satellite Applications Catapult
  • Paul Brookes, Head of Research and Development, Intelligent Traffic SystemsSiemens Mobility

The full programme can be seen on the AESIN website.

With more than 200 delegates expected from across the industry, up to 20 exhibitors and vehicle demonstrators, we are looking forward to welcoming you at our biggest and best Automotive Electronics Conference.

Secure your place today.


AESIN provides an excellent basis for collaboration across electronic systems and automotive domains with Industry led Workstreams covering Connected Car, ADAS & Autonomous Vehicles, Security, More Electric Powertrain and Software.

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Edinburgh Software Company to enable cars with artificial intelligence

Codeplay Software has announced it is working with Renesas, a leading Japanese semiconductor company, to enable their next generation of advanced automotive processors. The technology will be included in future cars that interpret the surroundings and safely take control to avoid accidents or aid with driving functions.

This new relationship will also attract at least 30 new software jobs into Edinburgh, further enhancing its reputation for attracting high-tech employment.

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) is already available today in high-end cars providing functions such as adaptive cruise control and self parking. The next generation extends these functions relieving the driver of more responsibilities including steering, avoiding accidents and ultimately take full control towards the autonomous car.

Codeplay’s software is using its technology and experience applied to games and mobile phones over the last 15 years to enable Renesas’ latest automotive processors with an advanced vision processing and machine learning platform.

“Codeplay has already worked directly with the world’s greatest processors providing advanced software solutions” said Andrew Richards, Founder and CEO of Codeplay Software, “We are excited to be enabling Renesas great products. It endorses the company’s product and the leadership reputation of the software engineers.

About Codeplay

Codeplay is internationally recognized for expertise in heterogeneous systems, and has many years of experience with OpenCL™, SYCL™, Vulkan™ and specialized tools for complex processor architectures. Codeplay is enabling advanced vision processing and machine learning C++ applications using ComputeAorta, an implementation of OpenCL for heterogeneous processing, and ComputeCpp™, a product based on the SYCL open standard for single-source programming using completely standard C++. Codeplay has earned a reputation as one of the global leaders in compute processing systems. For more information, visit

Codeplay has a strong recruitment program and actively invites the best software engineers to join the Edinburgh team. They are licensed visa sponsors and have many years experience in welcoming people to work with them from all over the world. Contact the company directly to learn about the great work environment and opportunities.

Codeplay is a real home-grown, Scottish success story. Codeplay was founded by Andrew Richards and Jens-Uwe Dolinsky. Andrew started his career in the 8-bit days writing games for the ZX Spectrum from home, progressing up to writing large console games on the Sega Megadrive and PlayStation. He then decided he was interested in producing new technology for game developers to enable them to do new things. It was becoming possible to do some interesting new things on the graphics hardware that was being introduced. So he started a company with Uwe (who has a PhD in Robotics) to develop technology to let programmers take software they had written for normal computers and run it on new graphics-capable computers. It seemed like an interesting revolution that was about to happen. That was more than a decade ago and to be honest, it took a bit longer than he expected to happen!

Codeplay first operated in 2002 out of a small 2nd floor office in Edinburgh’s Hanover St, before rapidly expanding until in 2017 they are proud to announce a staff of 70 in Argyle House, with 2 colleagues working remotely in Toronto and the Isle of Skye. During this period, Codeplay have always tried to maintain their friendly work culture along with the growth in their workforce and market reach. Codeplay is extremely proud of their Silver Accreditation from Investors in People and is actively working towards Gold Accreditation.



Intercede offers trust management expertise to TechWorks’ automotive security initiative AESIN

Intercede offers trust management expertise to TechWorks’ automotive security initiative AESIN


Membership to AESIN will see Intercede provide expertise and guidance on security for the automotive market


London, England/Washington DC, 5 July 2017 – Today, digital identity and credentials expert Intercede announces its membership to AESIN, the Automotive Electronic Systems Innovation Network, and one of the communities that make up UK industry association TechWorks.

TechWorks is an industry association at the core of UK deep technology, with the ambition to develop the UK’s position as a global technology super-power. Within TechWorks, there are technical and business communities that empower innovation, collaboration, business growth and investment. AESIN is one of TechWorks’ connected communities; a dedicated UK initiative focused on the accelerated and advanced delivery of Electronic Systems (ES) into vehicles and infrastructure operated by the UK Trade Association – NMI.

Intercede joins both TechWorks and AESIN, which will involve the company offering the trust management expertise it has developed in the enterprise space to guide rules, facilitate collaboration and share knowledge on how security can be applied to the automotive market. More specifically, Intercede joins the automotive security steering group of AESIN and will lead the cybersecurity roadmap for the group. The company was invited to participate after founding the Cyber Security Consortium for Connected Vehicles (CCV).

Working with other members of AESIN, which include vehicle manufacturers, suppliers and other security vendors, Intercede aims to help market players navigate the cyber security landscape of connected vehicles and infrastructure to ensure threats are understood and mitigated appropriately. Intercede will also assist the group in publishing materials for the wider automotive community to use as best practice and guidance for security.

Nick Cook, CIO, Intercede commented: “As vehicles and infrastructure become connected, the relationship between the different components becomes complex – who and what do you trust? So many different manufacturers and suppliers are involved in creating connected vehicles, therefore it’s important to ensure everyone involved is aware of the security risks that can arise. We are thrilled to be joining the AESIN community and we look forward to sharing our experiences of trust management practices with a thriving yet still vulnerable market.”

Paul Jarvie, AESIN Director at TechWorks added: “AESIN’s ethos is ‘better together’; innovation is born from collaboration, and we need experts like Intercede to help us accelerate the growth of UK technology markets. Intercede brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to AESIN, which acts as a network for everyone in the supply chain to discuss concerns, problems and ideas. We have no doubt that Intercede’s role in the community will help to establish best practice for everyone’s mutual gain and protection.”

AESIN’s annual automotive security conference will be taking place on 5th July at the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry.



About Intercede

Intercede® is a cybersecurity company specializing in identity, credential management and secure mobility to enable digital trust. It provides software and services that help organizations ensure the safety and security of their people, facilities, networks and information in an increasingly mobile, digital world.


Intercede has been delivering solutions to high profile customers, from the US and UK governments to some of the world’s largest corporations, telecommunications providers and information technology firms, for over 20 years. To find out more:


About TechWorks

TechWorks is a new type of industry association at the core of the UK deep tech community with an ambition to harness our fantastic engineering and innovation to develop the UK’s position as a global technology super-power.



AESIN is a dedicated UK initiative focused on the accelerated and advanced delivery of Electronic Systems (ES) into vehicles and infrastructure operated by TechWorks.


Intercede PR Contact:
Sophie Payne
+44 (0)20 7199 3971

AESIN Conference 2017 Call for Papers Extended

AESIN Conference 2017

Tuesday 3rd October – National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull


We are delighted to announce the AESIN Conference 2017, building on its success in previous years and now being established as the premier UK Automotive Electronics Conference.

The Call for Papers deadline for Technical Session Presentations has been extended until Friday 12th May 2017.

Prospective speakers are invited to submit proposals on any of the key conference themes:
– Automotive Security
– Connected Car
– More Electric Powertrain
– Research & Development
– Software
For more information, please download the Call for Papers Guidelines.

UK 5*StarS Consortium to Focus on Automotive Cyber Security

“We are encouraged to see that AESIN members are key participants in this exciting new initiative”

Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, has today given the green light to 5*StarS as part of the national strategy to establish the UK as a global centre for the development, testing and commercialisation of Connected Autonomous Vehicles.

More information can be found here:–Media/Press-releases/News-releases1/2017/UK-5StarS-Consortium-to-focus-on-automotive-cyber-security/

£55m now available to develop test bed infrastructure for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles in the UK

Up to £55 million is available to develop test bed infrastructure that will improve and create world-leading capabilities in the UK.

The Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) is investing up to £55 million to make the UK’s connected and autonomous vehicle testing ecosystem the world’s most effective.

Here in the UK we have a strong automotive and technology heartland in the West Midlands through to Europe’s only megacity, London. Projects should look to build on these strengths, integrating existing proving grounds and public road test sites to improve capabilities and create new ones, and develop a national cluster of excellence.

This competition is part of the test bed programme for the government’s Industrial Strategy.

AESIN is delighted to be supporting this activity which will be of value of our AESIN Members. 

More details can be found on the CCAV website.