SAPIENT: Sensing for Asset Protection using Integrated Electronic Networked Technology
The Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) are to invest up to £3m in the development of innovative sensing for asset protection. This competition will be funded through the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI). Under SBRI, developments are 100% funded and focus on specific identified needs, increasing the chance of exploitation.
In the context of both Ministry of Defence (MOD) and civil environments there is a need to protect high value land-based assets, such as military Forward Operating Bases (FOBs), civil dockyards and power stations, from threats, typically human incursions into the area.
It is expected that many of existing problems can be solved by introducing sensor or sensor fusion technologies new to this type of deployment that may offer significant improvements to overall systems performance and innovation in the form of increasing the autonomy of sensor systems, a modular open architecture incorporating networked autonomous sensor modules. Each module should be able to make decisions about what information to send, when and where to scan, simultaneously incorporating information from a central decision making node.
The requirements share the following objectives:
· Protection of land based high-value assets with defined borders
· Reduction in operator workload during monitoring activities
· Improved autonomy for decision making (automatic identification of threat activities to reduce false alarm rates, allowing for autonomous context driven decision making)
· Improved autonomy for sensor management
It is expected that these objectives can be met by innovation into low cost autonomous sensing modules and using open systems architecture to enable contribution of sub-components from a wide industrial base.
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SAPIENT Competition Briefing Event
14th of May 2013
12 Upper Woburn Place
London, WC1H 0HX
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