Our History


The Martin Dawes Group, of which Harris of Saltcoats forms a part has been involved in the delivery of critical, secure video communication services for over 15 years. We have a wealth of experience working within the NHS, providing telemedicine solutions within healthcare and the prison sector. With over six years’ experience working with the NHS, the company understands the unique and challenging environment in which this technology is employed.

Martin Dawes Solutions (MDS) works closely with technical and clinical stakeholders, to ensure any service design is robust, fit for purpose and will be readily adopted by clinicians. Moreover, our intent is to provide a solution built upon tried and trusted technology. Our designs will always address all the mandatory technology and service requirements whilst leaving optional, modular investment opportunities to increase the flexibility, resilience and performance of the standard service model either after the initial consultation, prior to deployment, or at any time during the project lifetime.

We have been working in close partnership with Airedale NHS Foundation Trust for the past 6 years within Prison Telemedicine. Airedale are seen as a Telemedicine Pioneer within the NHS both regionally and nationally. Jointly we provide services to more than 20 prisons across the UK and this figure continues to grow as more and prisons see the value of Prison Telemedicine for both the Prisoners healthcare needs as well as for the cost savings that can be shown from deploying this type of remote care.

Recently MDS have been awarded the “Telemedicine for stroke” thrombolysis service, for the whole of the Yorkshire and Humber region. This contract is the largest ever Telemedicine for Stroke project that has been delivered in the UK, covering 70 video endpoints across the whole of the region and will be managed on a 24/7 basis by our own dedicated video operations centre, based here in the UK. As part of this project we now have a dedicated network and Infrastructure, housed within secure date centres based at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust which provides a fully resilient and secure video network on an existing NHS site. This video network solution, we believe, will meet the healthcare needs of the region and beyond, both today and for years to come, whatever challenges lie ahead.

Criminal Justice:

Martin Dawes Solutions (MDS) have a comprehensive understanding of the Criminal Justice Sector, gaining experience working with the Organisations in designing and building complimentary audio-visual systems and videoconferencing solutions to meet their environment.

Following the success of the Prison Court Video links contract the awareness of audio-visual and video conferencing technology and its benefits, has increased dramatically. Criminal Justice Organisations (CJO’s) such as the agencies listed below utilise the technology to improve productivity on a daily basis.

  • Ministry of Justice
  • Her Majesty Court Service
  • Crown Prosecution Service
  • National Offender Management Service
  • Tribunal Service
  • Her Majesty Prison Service
  • Parole Board
  • Youth Justice Board

MDS has provided a number of bespoke audio-visual and video conferencing solutions providing inter-agency unified communications. Examples of which are provided below

Courts & Prisons

Prison Court Video Links (PCVL) allows offenders to appear in court via a live video link from Her Majesty Prison Service sites. PCVL systems are primarily used for court hearings and legal visits.

Martin Dawes Solutions has also successfully integrated this technology into many of Her Majesty Court Service courtrooms, to allow the display of ‘live’ video images; this improves efficiency and provides a fair trial. Still and moving images also play a very important part in most court hearings and it is essential that the judge, prosecution, defence team and jury are able to see and understand the importance of the information that is being presented to them.

Video technology has also been further utilised in a Courts, to allow victims to provide evidence ‘externally’ to a courtroom environment. These Victims and Intimidated Witnesses (VIW) links provide a safe and secure alternative to appearing in person. Her Majesty’s Court Service also use video technologies to reduce travel via meeting rooms systems

Customer Testimonials

I wish to extend my thanks and gratitude to Martin Dawes Solutions for their efficiency and professionalism in setting up our video link syste . Not only was the sales service and the implementation of the project carried out well, but the after care service has been of a high standard.

Linda Marginson (North Yorkshire Probation)

I am writing to express my thanks for the speed and efficiency with which Martin Dawes Solutions organised the communication lines, supplied the video conferencing and trained our staff to allow us meet our 9th March deadline.

Michael Stephenson (Crown Prosecution Service)


Harris of Saltcoats have been providing commercial audio visual equipment throughout Scotland since 1960 within Education and we will continue to provide you with the same excellent product knowledge and value for money as we have done for the last 50 years.

Whatever your requirements we can deliver you a solution that you will be proud of. From wireless microphones in the hall to interactive Smart boards in every classroom and from a couple of screens for your reception area to a complete lecture theatre refit.. Just pick up the phone and we will be there for you.

We are now proud to announce that we have added the very best in Video Conferencing products and services to our Scottish portfolio which is a huge and exciting growth area within the education sector.

Video Conferencing

We can integrate video conferencing solutions with your existing audio visual equipment providing you with enhanced learning and cost savings for your school, college or university.

Video Conferencing in education is becoming increasingly demanding with courses being delivered online and over video. The use of video conferencing in schools is also increasing following the huge introduction of Smartboards as schools aim to make the classroom a more interactive place to learn.

Here are some key uses & benefits:


  • Teacher evaluations – inspectors may view teaching from remote locations
  • Teaching – provides an interesting change from classroom based lessons
  • Lectures
  • Staff meetings with other organisations, or across multiple sites.
  • Performances – Pupils can watch live performances remotely
  • Project collaboration – e.g. pupils from different schools participate in one project
  • Recorded lectures may assist pupils with learning difficulties or those who are off with a long term illness


  • Saves time & money on travel – saves the planet
  • Raise the profile of the organisation by promoting the innovative use of IT
  • Increases access to many other organisations
  • Greater access to experts and specialists
  • Facilitates distance learning
  • Assists Schools in broadening the whole teaching and learning experience by providing an additional learning resource


Communication is paramount. Our corporate clients need to share information internally and externally in as an efficient manner as possible utilizing the correct audio-visual technology suitable for their requirements.

Our corporate clients know what they want to say and who they want to say it too. Whether it is to train a room full of new recruits, a meeting room of customers, a boardroom of potential investors or a video link connecting national or global geographically displaced locations, It is our job to understand these requirements and show our clients how they can achieve this as efficiently and cost effectively as possible.

We have many years of experience in the specification, design, project management, installation and commissioning of a range of audio-visual facilities to include meeting rooms, training room, presentation facilities, corporate boardrooms, stand alone or integrated videoconferencing systems, reception displays/digital signage, room control systems and emergency command centres (corporate and government).

Bespoke Service Level Agreements designed to the client requirement with telephone support – engineer call outs and preventative maintenance visits help ensure our systems are continually available for use.

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