From pioneering work in optical technologies and digital switching through to work in advanced software techniques and protocols, Adastral Park is recognised as one of the leading centres of technical innovation in the communication world.

Adastral Park is BT’s Global Research and Development Headquarters. It’s also the home of Innovation Martlesham – a joint initiative by BT and Local Authorities to encourage ICT related companies to Co-locate, Collaborate and Innovate at the Park. Click here to view available office accommodation, or join us at our networking events.

Use the links above to find out more about Adastral Park and read on for the latest news .

All events listed below on the Adastral Park website are open solely to BT staff and people based at Adastral Park.

Cotswold Outdoor will be distributing their latest brochure at lunchtime in the Hub on Wednesday 16 April.

Prospect will be in the Hub at lunchtime on Thursday 17 April.

Cotswold Outdoor will be distributing their latest brochure at lunchtime in the Hub on Wednesday 16 & Wednesday 23 April.

The Book People will be in the Hub 11:00-14:30 on Thursday 10 April.

Anglia Care Trust (ACT) is a Suffolk-based charity dedicated to supporting vulnerable people within the community, specialising in preventative, community-based services.  ACT will be visiting the Hub at lunchtime on Wednesday 2 April.

Prospect will be in the Hub at lunchtime on Thursday 3 April.

Anglia Care Trust (ACT) will be visiting the Hub at lunchtime on Wednesday 2 April. ACT is a Suffolk-based charity, having operated across Suffolk for 45 years. There are 3 pillars to their work;

  • Helping people to keep a roof over their head
  • Helping people to feel safe
  • Helping people to be heard

For anyone unable to meet with them or view the opportunities to help families, children/young people or adults on Wednesday 2 April, they’d welcome you to visit their new premises in The Square, Martlesham Heath. Alternatively, please visit their website.

Ipswich Buses will be available for questions and to promote the new shuttle bus service in the Hub over lunchtime on Monday 24 March.

Why not take part in a 1 or 3 mile cycling and rowing challenge being held in the Hub in aid of Sport Relief on Tuesday 25 March, starting at 10:30.  All you need to do is register your interest, and donate £1 for taking part on the day.

Fibre Technologies Ltd (FTL) will be in the Hub on Thursday 27 March. Please come along to meet them and find out about their latest data networking and infrastructure solutions.

The following notification has been received from the Police Direct Team at Suffolk Constabulary;

Police are urging shoppers, residents and drivers to be alert after a skimming device was found on a petrol pump at the Tesco petrol station at Martlesham Heath.

Officers were contacted around 5.40pm yesterday, Wednesday 19 March, by staff who had noticed a camera above the card reading machine on pump 16 after being called to assist a driver who was having problems paying. It was then found the card reader had been tampered with.  It’s thought the device may have been there for up to 24 hours.

Police are making enquiries into the incident and this will include viewing CCTV and an examination of the device.

It’s possible other people may have had difficulty using this particular pump and anyone who may have used the pump over the past 24 hours is asked to contact their bank in the first instance to check for any unauthorised transactions.

Police are urging anyone using cashpoints or similar pay points to be vigilant and to alert staff or officers as quickly as possible if you spot anyone tampering with them or if you find anything suspicious.

Fibre Technologies Ltd (FTL) will be in the hub on Thursday 27 March.  Please come along to meet them and find out about their latest data networking and infrastructure solutions.

FTL’s portfolio includes some innovative technologies such as newly developed ‘Optipacket’ Packet Optical Transport Platform (POTP) from MRV.

On the fibre infrastructure side FTL will be showing the new Clearfield ‘FieldShield’ fibre delivery and ‘FieldSmart’ fibre management system.

For wireless networking FTL will be showing the new compact LR77 4G Wi-Fi networking router from B&B.

Whether you are an existing user or would like to find out more about their innovative active and passive networking solutions, the team will be pleased to meet you and discuss any areas of interest you may have.

 

If you would like to set up a meeting in advance to discuss a specific topic with FTL, please contact your Account Manager, George Windsor.

If you or your colleagues use the railway shuttle bus to get to or from Adastral then there are important timetable changes taking effect from Monday 31 March 2014 which you should be aware of. The current services will continue to run, but only during these times: 08:00-11:00 and resume 15:00-19:00. These changes are necessary to ensure the long term viability of the route and will continue to be ‘free’ for business travellers showing a valid rail ticket. Please inform any colleagues or visitors who are not on site of these changes by directing them to the GrassRoutes website. Ipswich Buses will be available for questions and to promote the new service in the Hub over lunchtime on Monday 24 March.

It’s nearly 45 years since the Post Office moved its R&D facilities from Dollis Hill in London to Adastral Park. There’s less pure research these days, but Adastral Park is still very much the hub of BT’s technical design and development. All of which means a rich and varied history. That’s why a group of us believe it’s time we started collecting, saving and sharing the heritage. Let’s not forget fibre optics, System X, Prestel and much much more!

We’re an informal group at present, but we have a vision, working towards a permanent heritage display area on site, inviting visitors ranging from those here on business, to schools and community groups.

We’re keen to hear from you, especially if you’re about to leave BT. Do you have a story to tell? Are you interested in being part of the group or do you just want to keep up with our progress? Either way, we’ve set up our first website which explains a little more and also guides you to a quick survey to enable us to capture your interests. We’re also holding a drop-in session in the Hub from 11.45 to 13.30 on Thursday 27 March.

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