Jeremy Curtis founded Harkwood Services to offer independent IT and Audio Visual consultancy services over a wide range of technologies and sectors, including Private, Public and Education.  Starting in 2014 bespoke embedded systems design has also been an element within the company, covering electronics/PCB design and embedded systems programming.  We are also looking to expand on these services during 2018.

With over 22 years experience in a variety of technologies and implementations spanning single rooms to campus, regional, and national solutions.  Environments from open access facilities to the most secure systems and services on a range sites from new build developments, refurbishments, and relocations.  Details of specific technologies I have experience with are given under my profile, details of recent work undertaken is given under projects.

With a background in the design, implementation and management of secure data networks, systems, and facilities to the highest standards, I can also offer peer reviews of existing solutions and consultancy in the development of new networks, systems, and facilities.  Often creating bespoke solutions to fit the working environment at the time.

Working in the design and construction phases of new building and redevelopment projects (RIBA stages D/E onwards) I can facilitate the integration of IT, Audio Visual, and associated systems and services to ensure a more cost effective implementation.  With the level of reliance on IT and data networking for not just general office computing but now also Building Management Systems, Audio Visual, Access Control, and Alarms getting the correct unified infrastructure into a building at the start is becoming ever more critical and more cost effective than retro-fitting or treating systems as post completion works.  Even such items as the correct cables and cabinets are important to reduce costs in the longer term.  Many existing Clerk of Works can build the ideal building but not many understand the requirements of modern IT and AV systems.

Where required, project management (Prince 2), project planning, and budget control can also be undertaken.  Additionally existing Networks / Systems Management is also available should you find your company in need of temporary cover or assistance with installations.

I am independent of and not affiliated to any particular IT or Audio Visual Supplier or Integrator, so am ideally placed to offer independent and objective consultancy services tailored to the needs of the client within any given project.  I also team up with other consultants where our skills are complimentary to create a single point of contact for a particular project.  Being based in Cambridge gives easy access to London and further afield depending on the needs of the client / project.

Key areas of expertise are within the following areas;

  • IT & Audio Visual Integration
  • Creation of IT & Audio Visual Performance Specifications
  • Tender documentation and assistance with tendering processes, tender reviews and supplier evaluation
  • Data and Network Security
  • Network / Systems Design, and Management
  • Computer Room / Data Centre design & relocation
  • Reviews of existing or proposed IT (Networks, Security etc.) & Audio Visual solutions
  • Monitoring installations to ensure design & specification compliance
  • Embedded systems design and programming

I aim to keep the site updated with various interesting items I come across which may be of benefit to others in the IT and AV Consultancy world, these will be posted onto the updates page.

Harkwood Services Ltd is registered in the UK Company Number 7632020, VAT Number 113679903

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