• The Autonomy of Hazardous Scene Assessment (AHSA) Defence and Security Accelerator competition, which will change the way chemical and bio-hazards are investigated, has announced the latest competition winners. This Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) themed competition was created to investigate the use of autonomous systems to assess scenes that are potentially contaminated with hazardous materials, and the submission in this round of contenders has been very interesting.
    Phase 1 of the competition, which ran for 6 months until July 2017, funded 18 development projects and was worth £1.37million. Four of those initial phase 1 winners were then selected to develop their concepts further in this second phase. Early prototypes will be demonstrated by October 2018. Just over £1.6 million total funding was awarded to the following phase 2 winners:
    BMT Defence Services, with an unmanned aerial vehicle which has gas-sensing technology
    Horiba MIRA, which has a robot with its own neural networks which can deploy on decontamination missions
    Loughborough University, with a pocket-sized drone which can search for chemicals
    Snake Eyes, by Autonomous Devices Limited, which can be posted through a letter box and relay 3D images of a space and can detect chemical agents.
    Peter Stockel, from Dstl, said: “After a fast-paced first phase, we are now delighted to rapidly move the project forward into phase 2 with four highly innovative and technically exciting system propositions to tackle this priority challenge for UK Defence and Security.

  • The SmartRayVision DR X-Ray system is now the only DR X-Ray system to be approved for EOD use by NSWC IHEODTD, Indian Head, Maryland.

  • 3M announced on October 4th that it has completed its acquisition of Scott Safety from Johnson Controls for a total enterprise value of $2.0 billion.

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