" Sophie studied Engineering at Cardiff University"

Sophie Mear

Analyst, Technology Practice (Electronic Systems)

‘A day in the life of Sophie Mear’ – an Analyst in our Technology Practice (Electronic Systems)

After graduating I worked in the information assurance industry for a few years before joining PA as an Electronic Engineer. I have a particular interest in designing and implementing data security solutions and light weight authentication schemes within embedded platforms. Examples of recent work include life-cycle development of High Grade Cryptographic products and a low power sensor platform that’s providing a step change to the clients business.

08:30 - Today I’m working on my latest challenge, a thought leadership project, ‘How can a connected cup change our experience in a coffee shop?’. The internet of things (IOT) is a big talking point in the media at the moment and I attended a seminar a few weeks ago, exploring technologies implemented by IOT and the boundaries being pushed.

The concept, walk into a coffee shop and sit down. No more queuing to order, followed by queuing to collect. Connect to the coffee shop BLE and order your drink of choice. Your order is written to the eInk screen on the next cup in the queue. The cup has a liquid level sensor, so you know when it is on its way and when you are about to finish your drink you are asked if you would like a top up.

Today I’m going to order the liquid level sensor and test my new code with the eInk. Once I get this working I’ll move onto sending a BLE message to the TinyDuino that writes my name and my coffee order to the eInk.

12:00 - I get lunch in the staff canteen; I normally sit with my colleagues working in electronics. It’s fascinating to hear about the diverse problems they’re solving and the exciting solutions they’re developing.

13:00 - This afternoon I have a teleconference with a client. This project is a feasibility study for a very small and flexible control circuit. This is an opportunity to share our work so far with the clients before the delivery at the end of the month, the work has been going well and it’s looking like the client will have a number of options available to them.

14:30 to 18:00 – I spend the rest of the afternoon working on the coffee project.