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Dawson, the leading manufacturer of Ka-band satellite antennas and provider of integrated broadcast transmission solutions, are delighted to announce they have been chosen to receive the prestigious Queens Award for Enterprise in Innovation 2016 recognising the manufacture of its market leading GC-Zero 70K KA-SAT antenna.

Awarded to Dawson by Her Majesty the Queen on the recommendation of thePrime Minister, the award highlights the importance of manufacturing within theUK broadcast industry and specifically Dawson’s contribution to it. The GC-Zero70K antenna has demonstrated to be one of the fastest and most reliable auto-pointing antennas within the industry.

Ian Dawson, Managing Director and Founder of Dawson comments that “ we are delighted to have been recognised for our innovative and market leading approach to satellite communications. Our GC-Zero 70K KA-SAT antenna is designed to help broadcasters, corporate companies, emergency services and individuals with their mobile communication requirements. During the submission process we had to demonstrate the uniqueness of our innovative product and
detail it’s uses and manufacture. We are very pleased that this has been recognised by the awarding committee and that we have demonstrated that a great British company can still lead the world in innovation and product design.”

Dawson continues “One of the key considerations for bringing our products to market is how they will benefit not just our existing customers but also innovation in the industry as a whole.”

Dawson’s award winning antenna is used today in multiple applications throughout the UK and Europe. The antenna has helped bring mobile library services to remote parts of Wales as well as mobile banking to isolated areas of Scotland. Emergency services are also able to use the connectivity provided by Dawson’s GC-Zero 70K antenna to communicate between headquarters and emergency locations such as flood zones. It is also used by Broadcasters all over Europe to provide hundreds of live programs every day.

The application process began in September 2015 and included the requirement for Dawson to demonstrate how it stood apart from similar innovations as well as calling on Dawson to provide details of it’s manufacturing process and environmental polices. After successfully meeting the criteria set out in the application process, Dawson was short-listed for final consideration in December 2015. After this period further evaluation and validation took place in the early part of 2016.