SBRI: Finding Explosives Hidden in Electrical Items
The Department for Transport and the Home Office are to invest up to £3m for Phase 1 of this Defence and Security Accelerator challenge competition, which is the second under the joint Future Aviation Security Solutions (FASS) programme. FASS will invest £25.5 million over a 5 year period (2016-2021) to promote innovation and deliver a step change in aviation security.
This competition is now open and looking for proposals for technologies that can improve the ability to prevent hand luggage containing explosives hidden within electrical items from being taken on board an aircraft.
Together with protection of people and assets, the aviation industry has to comply with current aviation security regulations. Additionally it has to balance keeping costs low and passenger throughput high. It‘s also important that customers experience a simple, non-intrusive journey through airport security.
This competition aims to make a positive impact on the government’s priority to create a safer, more secure and sustainable transport system for all.
There are 2 challenges for this competition which are described in more detail in the challenge section of this document. We want innovative proposals to enable enhanced, rapid and cost effective detection of a wide range of explosive devices/components that could be hidden in electrical items in a bag being screened at:
challenge 1 – central security screening
challenge 2 – portable screening
The competition will be briefed at an Accelerator Innovation Network event on 28 November 2017.