Competition seeks bright ideas for airport security

Thales UK and technology trade body Intellect have launched a project to identify and take forward new ideas from businesses or academic institutions that can be used to enhance aviation security.

The Instinct-Technology Demonstrator 2 (TD2) project is designed to discover, trial and showcase emergent security technologies, solutions and ideas. These will be validated through trials and analysis conducted in a combination of live physical environments, including UK Airports and synthetic environments.

A key 'deliverable' for the project is support to develop technologies, solutions or ideas into real products that can be quickly implemented within the aviation security environment, and to raise awareness of these 'products' and their capabilities among airport, airline and security authorities and companies.

Participation in the project is open to any person, company or academic institution ('demonstrators'), regardless of size or location, that has a technology, solution or idea that could improve aviation security at any stage in the air travel process, from the point of planning and booking a trip, through to boarding an aircraft. Ideally this would improve, or at least not affect, passenger experience and/or airport revenues.

Benefits to successful demonstrators include:
> the opportunity to share in a cash prize from a fund of £50,000 provided by Thales;
> the opportunity to test their technology, solution or idea in a real environment that they wouldn't normally be able to access;
> gaining invaluable knowledge of the aviation security environment and the application of their technology within this market;
> access to aviation and industry experts to help them to trial, demonstrate and market their technology in the best possible way;
> access to a wide range of potential customers and end users;
> coaching and support in the development of their technology, solution or idea into a marketable product and business planning;
> financial support to offset reasonable costs associated with taking part in the trials, subject to status;
> protection of intellectual property; and
> full support and guidance throughout the entire project.

Following a selection process to ensure sufficient applicability and maturity of proposed technologies, solutions or ideas, between 20 and 30 submissions will be taken to trial. These, along with up to 20 other 'non-trialled' submissions of particular interest, will be showcased to Government, aviation industry and security experts early in December. A final report, including detailed analysis of the trials results and potential exploitation or implementation of successful 'products', will be submitted to the UK Government's Instinct programme at the end of January 2011.

Further information can be found at www.intellectuk.org/Instinct-TD2, by emailing Instinct-TD2@uk.thalesgroup.com, or by registering (via the TD2 website) for the industry day to be held in central London on 19 August. The closing date for submissions is 21 August 2010.

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