Andrew Glasspool, Farncombe

December 6, 2013 · Posted in Speaker Bios 

Andrew Glasspool - Farncombe x300Andrew Glasspool
Farncombe Technology

Andrew Glasspool is an industry thought leader with broad and deep technical skills in security, development, and management of large projects, with particular skills in turning around major development projects and detailed security audits.

Key Skills and Career Highlights

  • Managing Partner at Farncombe, now in position 42 of Sunday Times Tech 100.
  • Developed farncombe into one of the world’s leading content security and delivery specialists.
  • Launch of OpenView HD an innovative free to view DTH platform in South Africa.
  • Responsibility for the management of the development of the Youview set top box software and development test.
  • Shadow CTO for Premiere, now SkyD, implementing new Conditional Access Systems and Middleware and IT outsourcing.
  • CTO for Bid-TV from concept to launch and operational stability.
  • Shadow CTO for ONdigital.
  • DVB simulcrypt group chairman.

Audit and Monitoring
Andrew has undertaken many system and architecture audits from SoC firmware, to set top box implementations and billing system integrations. He is best known for security audits. The key skills Andrew brings to an audit are the ability to identify issues and find solutions to apparently intractable problems, using a combination of technical skills and running investigations. At farncombe Andrew has built a new monitoring service to detect piracy and fraudulent content distribution

Set top Boxes and Digital TV standards
Andrew has run many set top box implementation projects for Operators, including managing the development and introduction of the first DVB STBs, the first DTT STBs in the world. Audits have included work on detailed RF design to performance and reliability of set top boxes.

Andrew gained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Engineering Science at the Queen’s College Oxford, is a member of the Council of Engineers and a Member of the Institute of Electrical Engineers.


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