Exensor Technology

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Exensor Technology's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Exensor Technology is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles


Phil Ashworth,
managing director
Exensor – committed to providing
unprecedented technological solutions
for real problems
Mission Impossible
. “Seeing” through walls, providing
“invisible” barriers – these seemingly unachievable feats were
problems now solved by defence and security world leaders
Exensor Technology Ltd over the course of their 40-year history.
Managing director of Exensor Technology Ltd UK, Phil Ashworth,
here discusses Exensor’s unique provision for both private and
governmental consumers in the realms of surveillance and
security, and the vital role networked unattended ground sensor
systems can play in matters of personal and national security on
an ever-changing international stage.
By re-investing over £1.5 million annually in technological evolution, Exensor has
become the most accomplished provider of networked unattended ground sensor
systems in the world. We offer the highest level of protection, using network
communication, currently accessible to people, assets and facilities, and we are
always looking to take our extensive product portfolio to the next level.
Working with both international governments and commercial clients who require
covert and discreet surveillance, we provide solutions that are not only the best, but
that are also the most cost-effective. From airport to border control, special forces
to prison wardens, we lead the way in increasing protection while reducing the
risks to personnel by using the very latest in technological advances.
So what are “invisible digital borders” and why should we use them?
Imagine a scenario where surveillance is required. Let’s take a border for example. Yes,
we could build a wall and have it heavily manned and laden with large CCTV cameras.
»Managing director: Phil
»Established in 1987
»Based in Basingstoke,
Hampshire, with international
partners in Sweden and France
»Services: Supply of Flexnet;
networked unattended ground
sensor systems as covert and
discreet surveillance solutions
»No. of employees: 19
»Longstanding government
and commercial clients
worldwide, including the
MoD and homeland security
»Success is based upon
reinvestment to provide
innovative solutions for real-
world problems
Exensor Technology
Ltd UK
Highlighting best practice
Or we could have something far less
obtrusive and yet far more effective – an
invisible digital border!
A “networked unattended ground
sensor system” consists of a suite of
network communication intelligent
miniaturised sensors and cameras,
known as “Flexnet”, placed
strategically along the border. Cleverly
hidden devices provide 360-degree
monitoring, 24/7, 365 days per year,
using their “seismic acoustic” and
passive infrared capabilities (PIR – light
radiating from objects in its field of
view). In other words, the autonomous
sensors detect motion or infrared
within the allotted area, decipher who
or what is causing the motion and raise
awareness when a threat is identified.
Detecting and recognising the seismic,
acoustic or PIR “fingerprint” of a
person, terrestrial vehicle or aircraft,
whether within a line of vision or
through solid barriers such as walls and
vegetation, makes Flexnet far more
proficient at surveillance than a person
or CCTV camera. And when there is a
threat, no person is put at risk through
patrolling a dangerous area.
Man and machine in harmony
While our systems are currently used
in 22 countries protecting static
structures and areas such as borders,
secure buildings and power plants, we
also protect movable targets such as
special forces and vehicle fleets.
Military forces, as an example, can
spend many months on the move,
relying on each other for protection
as they sleep by taking turns patrolling
their camp. By using our Flexnet
protection system they are capable of
rapidly deploying an array of sensors
around their area, this compact, discreet
and lightweight battery-powered ring
of protection giving indications and
warnings of any imminent threat.
What does the future hold?
We’re constantly looking to predict the
seemingly unpredictable and provide
technological solutions that eliminate
threats before they arise or become
The prison service, for example, is
suffering a new threat from drones
being used to transport contraband
into prisons. We have the capabilities
to help eliminate this problem without
the need for additional manpower or
considerable expense.
We are also able to provide border
control between apparently open
borders, for example between
Northern Ireland and the Republic of
Ireland following Brexit, by integrating
a range of unattended ground sensors
through a silent mesh network of
cameras and command and control
systems. As mentioned above, the
Exensor solution would not require
significant manpower or expenditure.
Border security can
be maintained using
Flexnet, without the
need for barriers or
The Flexnet suite of
We provide
solutions that
are not only
the best, but
that are also
the most cost-
Technology isn’t everything …
Looking back as well as forward has
helped us maintain our position in
the marketplace by enhancing our
technology to meet with current
requirements. Listening to and taking
care of our longstanding clients,
and working with them to provide
solutions that reach way beyond
their expectations, has always been
paramount. What has worked in the
past, how goals have been achieved
and what we could have done
differently are always questions that
we ask of ourselves and our customers.
We also understand that great
invention and innovation can only be
truly great if it solves a problem. And
that’s why we place our clients at
the centre of our work – not just the
technology! Listening to our clients
and examining the world around us
helps when we select the best areas
of technology in which to concentrate
our substantial reinvestment.
The European Job!
So, what is Brexit – a threat or
an opportunity? Based in the
UK, partnered with our Swedish
counterparts and with a French parent
company, we truly are a modern-
day blended family. As a forward-
looking European company we have
been working with our continental
friends from the very outset and we
foresee no change in this harmonious
partnership, whatever the UK’s
future relationship with the European
Union may be. We’ll also maintain
our ongoing relationships outside
of Europe, the potential being that
these will become stronger as trade
agreements strengthen.
On the home front
With a loyal workforce, many of whom
have been part of the Exensor family for
over 20 years, we recognise that quality
products and services only arise from
nurturing a committed team where
goals are shared. And that is exactly
what we have here in Basingstoke. We
value and respect each other, working
together in the development and
production of exceptional products.
Recently introduced additional flexible
working alongside our established
“nine-day fortnight” gives staff the
flexibility to maintain a healthy work-
life balance and ensures commitment
to success and excellence.
Always moving forward …
Providing unprecedented technological
solutions for real problems that our
clients face every day is just one of
the reasons why I’m incredibly proud
of Exensor. Reinvesting, reinventing
and removing boundaries have always
been, and will always be, at our heart.
Taking networked communications
into unexplored realms is vital to what
we do, but at our core are our clients.
The problems are they facing, how
we can use technological advances to
provide solutions and what promises to
benefit the world at large will always
be our Mission Possible!
solutions for real
problems that
our clients face
every day is just
one of the
reasons why I’m
incredibly proud
of Exensor
Phil Ashworth
Exensor’s Flexnet can
help prevent contraband
being transported into
prisons via drones,
without the need for
additional manpower
Our Exensor team work
together in the development
and production of
exceptional products


This article was sponsored by Exensor Technology. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from The Rt Hon Theresa May MP.

The Rt Hon Theresa May MP's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By The Rt Hon Theresa May MP

This foreword from the then Prime Minister appeared in the 2018/19 Parliamentary Review.

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review. For Her Majesty’s Government, our task in the year ahead is clear: to achieve the best Brexit deal for Britain and to carry on our work to build a more prosperous and united country – one that truly works for everyone. 

The right Brexit deal will not be sufficient on its own to secure a more prosperous future for Britain. We also need to ensure that our economy is ready for what tomorrow will bring. Our Modern Industrial Strategy is our plan to do that. It means Government stepping up to secure the foundations of our productivity: providing an education system that delivers the skills our economy needs, improving school standards and transforming technical education; delivering infrastructure for growth; ensuring people have the homes they need in the places they want to live. It is all about taking action for the long-term that will pay dividends in the future.

But it also goes beyond that. Government, the private sector and academia working together as strategic partners achieve far more than we could separately. That is why we have set an ambitious goal of lifting UK public and private research and development investment to 2.4 per cent of GDP by 2027. It is why we are developing four Grand Challenges, the big drivers of social and economic change in the world today: harnessing artificial intelligence and the data revolution; leading in changes to the future of mobility; meeting the challenges of our ageing society; and driving ahead the revolution in clean growth. By focusing our efforts on making the most of these areas of enormous potential, we can develop new exports, grow new industries and create more good jobs in every part of our country.

Years of hard work and sacrifice from the British people have got our deficit down by over three quarters. We are building on this success by taking a balanced approach to public spending. We are continuing to deal with our debts, so that our economy can remain strong and we can protect people’s jobs, and at the same time we are investing in vital public services, like our NHS. We have set out plans to increase NHS funding annually by an average by 3.4 percent in real terms: that is £394 million a week more. In return, the NHS will produce a ten-year plan, led by doctors and nurses, to eliminate waste and improve patient care.

I believe that Britain can look to the future with confidence. We are leaving the EU and setting a new course for prosperity as a global trading nation. We have a Modern Industrial Strategy that is strengthening the foundations of our economy and helping us to seize the opportunities of the future. We are investing in the public services we all rely on and helping them to grow and improve. Building on our country’s great strengths – our world-class universities and researchers, our excellent services sector, our cutting edge manufacturers, our vibrant creative industries, our dedicated public servants – we can look towards a new decade that is ripe with possibility. The government I lead is doing all it can to make that brighter future a reality for everyone in our country. 

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review 
The Rt Hon Theresa May MP
Prime Minister