Intelligent Surveillance Trigger – Brokerage Events

Event Details

19/09/2023 - 26/09/2023

09.30 - 17.00


Multiple locations

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The National Security Technology and Innovation Exchange (NSTIx) is a government-led science, technology and innovation partnership that enables coherent and agile delivery of innovative national security outcomes through a co-ordinated and systematic approach to research and capability development.

NSTIx has established a government-led network of themed Co-Creation Spaces (CCS). The CCS’ combine the respective power of specialist public and private sector partners in research, capability development and end user requirements. This supports the development of effective, user-driven technology at pace in areas that are critical to national security.

About the Event

NSTIx Operational Technology Co-Creation Space (OCCS) have launched a new Innovation Exchange (iX) Challenge, Intelligent Surveillance Trigger.

This challenge seeks to inform future capability development of novel approaches to overcome the challenge of providing an intelligent surveillance trigger of a positive identification of a person of interest. Ideally this would lead to significantly reduced human interaction, noting human-machine teaming will always be required for key decision making.

The surveillance trigger could be based off a database of information, for example facial recognition, a person’s gait, or other novel identification methods. The benefits of intelligent and unsupervised learning could also be utilised to improve reliability.

The focus of applications should be on the unsupervised processing of surveillance information for a machine to intelligently provide a trigger or notification that a human in the loop or a UAV can act upon. The vehicle of delivery (i.e., UAV) is not the focus, though the technology developed will likely but not necessarily be used with a commercial UAV, so interoperability should be considered for future phases of work.

About the Challenge

This Challenge is seeking to collaboratively develop novel approaches of providing an intelligent surveillance trigger over a 12-week period. An expected start date for this 12-week activity is 08/01/2024 Indicative funding of ~£60k per funded proposal is available, with up to £180k for consortia. If this initial project shows the concept to be feasible, and the Co-Creation team agree, there is potential for follow-on project funding.

The Co-Creation Team wish to have the greatest collaboration between various sectors and disciplines. It is believed that the following non-exhaustive list of expertise will be vital and key to achieve the best outcome collaboration between these disciplines is vital; AI/ML, deep learning, data science, computer vision, neural nets, novel sensors, future semiconductors, FPGAs, modelling, decision making, engineering.

To encourage cross collaboration between various sectors and disciplines, there are a series of free to attend brokerage events planned. Register your place to attend any of these online and in-person events.

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