in Aerospace / Defence / Security

Funding available for pioneering aviation and border security ideas

Posted 8 May 2019 · Add Comment

Academics and industry experts with pioneering ideas capable of producing the next generation of aviation and border security can apply for funding through the Future Screening for Aviation and Borders competition which launched this week.


Courtesy DASA

A funding pot worth £4.5 million is available over the next two years for innovative solutions that can enhance the screening of people and goods and strengthen the detection of dangerous, illicit and contraband items.

The competition has been developed by the Future Aviation Security Solutions (FASS) programme – a joint initiative between the Home Office and Department for Transport (DfT) – and the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) to encourage novel ideas that cover all aspects of aviation and border screening – from passengers to cargo, mail, hold bags and more.

With the global shift towards a more integrated transport system, greater autonomy and automation, the competition is also looking for innovations capable of bringing current and future security concepts together.

This could mean a more streamlined and non-intrusive screening experience for passengers and staff with security processes working together to screen individuals as they travel through an airport.

Aviation Minister, Baroness Vere said: "The UK has some of the most advanced aviation security in the world, and we must continue to make it safer and easier for everyone using airports.

"We want ambitious and innovative businesses to apply for funding to develop the security technologies of the future."

Screening passengers is an essential part of aviation security but threats to the industry are multifaceted and ever-evolving. By splitting the competition into five challenges the FASS programme is inviting innovators to think about different aspects of security.

This includes challenging academia and industry to develop measures that can enhance the screening of cargo, mail or hold bags for prohibited and contraband items and make it even tougher for these to be taken on board an aircraft.

The UK has one of the safest aviation systems in the world and has made one of the largest contributions to driving up global aviation security standards. This competition builds on the government’s commitment in both our Aviation strategy and Counter-terrorism strategy, CONTEST, to continually reinforce UK and international aviation security standards to ensure that the skies remain safer for everyone at home and abroad.

Security Minister, Ben Wallace said: "The FASS is continuing to fulfil its vital role of bringing government, industry and experts together to ensure that the UK continues to be amongst the best in the world at developing technologies which keep us ahead of the threats that we all sadly face.

"This competition will help to protect passengers by contributing to keeping dangerous and illegal items off our planes and bolstering our border security, whilst having the added benefit of improving their travel experience.

"We know that innovation is vital in our work to protect the British public from harm and that is why initiatives like this are so important."

The Home Office and DfT launched the FASS programme in 2016. This formed one part of the 2015 Strategic defence and security review commitment to double spending on aviation security.

FASS has funding of £25.5 million over five years to deliver a step change in aviation security by investing in innovative science and technology that will prevent illegal weapons, explosives and other threats from being taken onto aircraft.

The FASS programme aims to invest in early stage concepts as well as support novel products through all stages of development.

DASA finds and funds exploitable innovation to support UK defence and security and will continue its longstanding and successful partnership with the FASS programme for this latest competition.

Interested parties are encouraged to submit a proposal to DASA. The competition closes midday Monday 1st July 2019.


Click here to enter the Future Screening for Aviation and Borders competition



 

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Sustainable Aviation calls for sector to be central to a green recovery

In a letter to the Transport Secretary, the Sustainable Aviation coalition has called for UK aviation to be at the heart of the Government’s economic recovery strategy, saying that a joined-up approach to decarbonising aviation will

Osprey CSL appointed as aircraft advisors to BAS

Osprey CSL is delighted to announce that it has been chosen by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), an institute of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) to provide technical advisory services to support the definition and

AVPE and Redcliffe Precision merge

Suppliers of complex machined aerospace components, AVPE and Redcliffe Precision, have today announced a merger and the creation of AVPE Group.

Rolls-Royce to provide MTU propulsion systems for Royal Navy Type 31s

Rolls-Royce is to supply complete MTU propulsion systems for five new Type 31 general-purpose frigates for the Royal Navy.

Raytheon UK appoints Jeff Lewis as Chief Executive and Managing Director

Jeff Lewis has been appointed Raytheon UK’s new Chief Executive and Managing Director, effective today.

EasyJet to resume flying from 15th June

EasyJet has announced plans to resume some flights from 15th June, including the airline's daily services between Glasgow, London Gatwick and Belfast airports and resume flights across its European network in France from Nice, Paris

AVMENA20 SK14191020
See us at
SMI favws BT0602040620DVD 2020