techUK SMEs win MOD Automation Innovation Competition

At DSEI 2017 techUK was very pleased to see a strong focus on information, data, and digital solutions to defence problems. From AR and VR to cyber security solutions for defence and civilian customers, many companies who provide both hardware and software decided to promote the digital side of their business.

Ministerial announcements during the week included the awarding of the Defence & Security Accelerator (DSA) winners for Phase 2 funding of the latest competition "Last Mile Resupply". techUK would like to congratulate two of our SME members who were awarded Phase 2 funding for this exciting project.

2iC Solutions and Blue Bear Systems Research have collaborated to develop a comprehensive autonomous last mile resupply capability which will enable unmanned vehicles to be part of the Whole Force Approach championed by MOD. The companies have worked together to create an innovative approach to open architecture for the networks and vehicle control to create a plug-and-play UAV solution to the problem. Collaboration has allowed 2iC to focus on the Autonomous Vehicle Service that coordinates the multiple systems and users, with Blue Bear developing the Unmanned Vehicle Environment which provides the autonomous vehicle and coordinating the physical task of resupply.

The awarded Phase 2 funding with extend the project to include capability such as automated route planning, analysis of weather, geological and intelligence data, and real time feedback to the user amongst a host of other features.

Graham Booth, CEO of 2iC Limited said: "This is a very exciting project and has already gained significant interest in the UK and around the world both within defence and in wider sectors".

techUK looks forward to the next iteration of this collaboration and will continue to urge MOD to invest in autonomy technologies that make Defence tasks safer and more efficient. If you would like to read more about this joint project please click here.

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