DASA awards £800,000 for 11 initiatives to fast-track growth of rising functionality that may bodily take away people from harmful conditions.
The Defence and Safety Accelerator (DASA) at the moment introduced a £800,000 funding increase to develop revolutionary ‘telexistence’ applied sciences to cut back the dangers related to army personnel, emergency employees and civilians working in harmful and unsafe environments.
9 organisations, endeavor eleven totally different initiatives, will share the funding by way of the DASA Telexistence Themed Competitors, run on behalf of the Ministry of Defence’s Chief Scientific Adviser and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), and managed by the Defence Science and Know-how Laboratory (Dstl).
Such is the urge for food for innovation on Telexistence, the preliminary competitors alternative of £500,000 was subsequently bolstered by an extra injection of funds by each Dstl and the NDA, who’re eager to grasp the potential advantages of such applied sciences within the nuclear sector.
The Telexistence competitors goals to develop and reveal revolutionary applied sciences and novel options which have the potential to offer army and authorities personnel, emergency companies, or humanitarian employees the aptitude to function in hazardous environments with out bodily being current.
In the end, this functionality will enable a human operator to carry out complicated duties and function gear from a secure distance.
Rob Baldock, Dstl Programme Supervisor for Rising Know-how, mentioned:
That is the end result of a number of years of creating the idea of Telexistence inside Dstl from the concept of mixing totally different areas of rising science into the idea of projecting human presence right into a distant setting and immersive suggestions for the operator.
This has large potential to make many extremely harmful army operations and different hazardous civil operations a lot safer for our entrance line operators and save lives sooner or later.
I want to categorical my honest due to the mixed efforts of the multi-disciplinary groups from throughout Dstl, DASA and the NDA for all of the onerous work and energy that has gone to getting us to this spectacular place, and am trying ahead immensely to seeing the outcomes of the demonstrations to return.
Nicola Armstrong, Dstl Telexistence Lead, mentioned:
We’re excited to discover the vary and potential of the applied sciences with innovators and stakeholders from throughout authorities in addition to the defence and safety sector, figuring out future purposes in harsh or hazardous environments.
Funded firms embrace:
Veolia Nuclear Options
Cyberselves Common Ltd
Digital Kinematics Ltd
L3Harris Applied sciences
College of Leeds
Sheffield Hallam College.
Sara Huntingdon, the NDA’s Head of Innovation, mentioned:
This competitors presents an actual alternative for the NDA Group to have interaction with a extremely various vary of concepts and new applied sciences developed by the provision chain, together with many organisations and SMEs that we’ve got not labored with earlier than.
Encouraging expertise switch throughout totally different sectors and maturing a broad vary of applied sciences that transfer people away from doubtlessly dangerous conditions will profit us all.
Emily Tithecott, DASA Affiliate Supply Supervisor, mentioned:
This competitors offers us an actual buzz, we’re seeing extra Authorities departments teaming collectively to fund improvements and this ensures many various sectors profit from the tailored applied sciences.
The funded initiatives will develop concepts within the newest distant working, together with: kinematic mapping, digital actuality, haptics, robotics, and telepresence.
A telexistence functionality is outlined as a system, or a system of techniques, which permits a human consumer to expertise, work together with, and function in an setting with out bodily being there. The human operator stays within the loop.