The company was founded in November 1994. It is headquartered in Guildford, United Kingdom, and trades on the London Stock Exchange. The company specializes in surveillance, communication technology, and data security operating in the rail and traffic technologies, emergency, and defense services.
Petards develop surveillance systems that are highly technological and advanced. It does operations through Petards International and Petards Datax its two principal subsidiaries. The following are its operations:
- Offering sensor systems and software on-board digital videos to be fitted to new buildings
- Installing applications on closed-circuit television (CCTV), automatic passenger counting systems, driver only operations, drivers view cameras, and condition monitoring systems.
- Fitting for the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense electronic defensive countermeasure systems to mobile radios, rotary, and fixed-wing aircraft, and threat simulation systems.
- For law enforcement agencies, it offers automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) and mobile speed enforcement systems.