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In-ear specialist Sensorcom captured by aerospace supplier

Company specialising "discreet solutions for covert operations" snapped up by defence giant

The MEL Group, an engineering provider to the aerospace, defence and industrial sectors, has announced that it has acquired south London-based Sensorcom Ltd, known for its in-ear communication and hearing protection products.

Sensorcom’s work in the fields of ear anatomy, sensitivity and physiology, combined with plastics, microelectronic design and assembly capability, has created a highly specialised product range engineered to address the growing need for hearing protection and communications in high noise situations and “discretion for covert operations” (meaning undercover security operations and such like).

London-based Sensorcom has invested heavily in R&D to produce products and software solutions to create functionality and hearing protection with a growing range of DSP-based products that manipulate different types of information including sound and images.

At the beginning of 2015, The MEL Group, based in Suffolk, acquired both Clement Clarke Communications and Flycom Avionics. Combining the expertise of each company has allowed The MEL Group to become a leading company in communications. Gary Harvey, MD of The MEL Group said, “This diversity is the life-blood of the new product development that keeps The MEL Group at the top of its game.

“Clearly the move is exciting as the future potential of the combined business will transform The MEL Group into one of the most fexible global engineering and communications solutions providers.”

Founded in 1999, by Ian Munro, an audiologist and hearing aid designer, and Richard Frankson, a former marketing director for IEM pioneer Garwood, Sensorcom’s products were initially used for the entertainment and broadcast sectors moving into police and military as demand for products for use in challenging acoustic environments evolved.

“In 2009 we created the ProGuard brand for the UK market to simplify the process of buying custom fit hearing protection and earphone products for the consumer markets,” says Frankson. “In particular, we wanted to introduce earplugs that attenuate rather than block to keep the user safe from hearing damage but spatially aware so surrounding sounds, dialogue and alerts can be heard.”