60 seconds with...
60 seconds with
Software engineer at APD Communications
July 2019 | www.landmobile.co.uk | Twitter:@Land_Mobile
real-time data is a
from reading and
writing to databases”
Q How has your role changed
since you started working
within the industry? AAt CCW in Malaysia I got
the chance to explore Kuala
Lumpur. Software engineering
isn’t necessarily associated with
travel opportunities, so this was a
Q What do you do in your free
AI time to relax? recently had a great time
at the Queen’s Theatre
in London for a wonderful
performance of Les Misérables. More
typically, beyond binging Netfl ix, I enjoy
visiting many fi ne ale houses in Hull.
Q Do you have any advice for
anyone looking to become
an engineer and work in the
ACritical commsindustry? communications is an
exciting sector for software
engineers. Working with real-time data
is a satisfying change from reading and
writing to databases. The ability to revel
in change is important.
Declan graduated from the University
of Hull in 2017 with a fi rst-class BSc in
computer science. During his time in
the industry, he has been nominated
for two awards. He is working towards
a PhD in the safety and security of
autonomous and connected systems.
Q How do you spend your time
atwork? AYou’ll fi nd me mostly with my
head in my PC, implementing and
integrating LTE features into Cortex,
our ICCS. LTE is going to be a big part
of the control room of the future, so it’s
rewarding to contribute to the early and
hopefully seminal modules.
Q What’s the one gadget that you
can’t live without? ANoise-cancelling headphones.
Working in an open plan o ce is
great but there are certain times when
they are must for me during a crunch.
Q Describe your most
unforgettable project. AA: Being a part of the fi rst – and
only – control room vendor team
to be nationally accredited on the Wave
platform (which has been replaced by
Kodiak) for the Emergency Services
Network (ESN) is a career highlight, and
a reminder that I’ve joined an incredible
team at APD. That was during my fi rst
year with APD-ESN1.
Q What’s the most unusual thing
you’ve seen while working in the
ASince comms sector? completing ESN1 – which
was a UK-based programme – I
now work with colleagues and partners
across three time zones.