Battlefield C4ISTAR

The land battlefield is probably the most dynamic and complex environment in which to assemble and communicate useful understanding of the situation.
Unusual Systems deliver research papers, prototype systems and operational systems to help control military resources and shape the land battlefield.

Ocado Warehouse Management Systems

Unusual Systems was tasked with upgrading the legacy systems at Ocado’s Hatfield site. Daily scrums ensured that activities reduced technical debt or improved operating efficiency – in one case saving several thousands of pounds per week of recurring costs.

HMRC Data Analysis

Unusual Systems staff were tasked by Capgemini to add new larger data sets and associated software to a week-long data pipeline managed by bespoke legacy web services. The upgrade was in use three months ahead of plan with little distruption to HMRC’s 6,000 analysts, giving them faster and more complete datasets to identify tax return inconsistencies and so increase revenue.

Border Force

Capgemini tasked Unusual Systems staff to prototype a data warehouse based on Palantir’s distributed database. Search times improved in some cases from weeks to a few seconds, and the demonstrator underpinned the winning bid for the following multi-million-pound project.

Real-Time Sensor Monitoring

Lockheed Martin upgraded a Counter-Rocket, Artillery & Missile system to protect operating bases in Afghanistan. Unusual Systems designed and delivered monitoring software that reported system faults to ensure the system remained operational.


Unusual Systems staff built data publishing, archiving and querying services, as part of the UK contribution to the International Virtual Observatory. UK astronomy systems were integrated with other astronomy databases and services across the globe as a set of web services organised in a ‘grid’.

Situation Awareness

Battlefield Sensor Meshes

The British Army seeks to improve soldier’s awareness of the situation around them in environments where data is sparse, unreliable and cluttered. General Dynamics tasked Unusual Systems staff to lead research into possible solutions.

East Africa Safari Rally

Small Business Systems, the ancestor to Unusual Systems, delivered a bespoke software system to manage the leader boards for the East Africa Safari Rally. The system calculated which cars were on what leg of the route and their relative positions on the leader board even where data was missing.