Defence & Security Accelerator announce two opportunities re: Policing Challenges and Telexistence Competition

30th Sep 2020

Policing Challenges

The future will be challenging for policing with trends like rising inequality and social fragmentation, technological developments and the role of non-state actors all converging and increasing the complexity in which they operate. Recent work by the College of Policing (Future Operating Environment 2040) identified the most relevant trends to policing and Dstl subsequently captured the views of Police Officers and Staff, from across the UK, to identify the most significant future challenges. Many of the challenges identified could be mitigated by science and technology.

Two webinars are being held to discuss this further, register HERE

  • Data, information, disinformation, communication and automation – 13 October 1100 to 1200. Dstl seek to address challenges around exploiting the volume and complexity of data, the increasing sophistication in disinformation, the need to demonstrate trustworthiness, implications from increased use of social care devices and 'deep' surveillance and sensors.
  • Human augmentation and behavioural adaption to the changing operating environment – 15 October 1300 to 1400. This session will discuss use of synthetic biology and biotechnology, augmented and virtual reality and human-machine interfaces. Implications of the future operating environment lead to challenges for recruitment and training, operating in environments where moods, emotions and intentions are more apparent, and maintaining moral.

Telexistence Competition

Funding is available to develop capabilities to operate in hazardous environments without physically being present.

The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is looking to develop and demonstrate innovative technology or novel solutions that would give emergency services, military personnel, or humanitarian workers the capability to operate in hazardous environments without physically being present.

We are calling on innovators to submit their ideas for ‘telexistence’ technologies with £500,000 funding available for multiple proposals. This could be achieved by using a real-time, remotely operated avatar which relies on the integration of:

  • Telepresence - a visual-audio solution which enables a human operator to experience the sensation of self-presence in a remote environment.
  • Haptic - feedback an immersive solution which transmits sensory information from the remote environment to the human operative.
  • Robotics - a manoeuvrable solution which enables a human operator to interact with the remote environment.

Find out more HERE which includes details for a webinar on 14 October and supplier 1-2-1’s on 21/22 October. Ideas for funding need to be submitted by 19 November

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