Optimum makes the T@CST ‘VCSEL, LiDar and LiFi technologies forum’ a success.

29 May 2019

Organised and managed by Optimum with 80 attendees.

Nick Bowden of Optimum was pleased to help organise and manage the second T@CST forum, this time on VCSEL/Laser arrays, LiDar and LiFi technologies. T@CST forums focus on the successful commercialization of new, photonics and III V compound semiconductor technologies. This one was held on 16th May 2019 at The University of West Scotland’s stunning Hamilton Campus, near Glasgow. Eighty industry experts attended, including Academics, Engineers, Industrialists, Politicians, Funding Organizations and the Press.

Jim Haynes, Rockley Photonics
Jim Haynes, Rockley Photonics

Nick Bowden of Optimum organised the keynote speakers who, between them, made it a fascinating and informative day. They were:

  • Euan Livingston. VP Sales and Marketing, CST Global. Market summary.
  • Dr. Iain Eddie, Senior Device Development Engineer, CST Global. Technology overview.
  • Jim Haynes, Rockley Photonics. Ultra-high volume, silicon photonics solutions.
  • Dr. Alastair McInroy. Technology Scotland. Mobility as a service (MaaS).
  • Chris Tate. Pure LiFi. LiFi technology, benefits and applications.
  • Dr Ole Kock. Teledyne e2v. Atomic clocks-commercial considerations.
  • Mark Western. Scottish Enterprise. Funding options and opportunities.
Euan Livingston, CST Global.
Euan Livingston, CST Global.

Optimum also helped coordinate the forum to establish the key enablers for VCSEL/Laser arrays, LiDar and LiFi technologies. These were agreed on the day as follows:

  • Talent: Pipeline of talent from grass roots, apprenticeships and universities.
  • Market readiness: Develop a technology ecosystem to prove maturity, and also: Establish links between producers and end-users and Identify easy wins in niche markets.
  • Technology maturity: Establish manufacturing standards and approvals.
  • Economy: Ensure access to investment.
  • Industrial environment: Develop a robust supply chain.
  • Political support: Lobbying to gain socio/economic awareness.