The United Kingdom (UK) Government has launched a competition to find new technology that could identify and detect potential terrorist and protect the public from bomb or gun attacks.
With support from the Royal Society, the competition is run by the Home Office and Defence and Security Accelerator, which aims to find research proposals on how to reduce threats from terrorist with weapons or explosives.
The government will fund 2 million pounds for the purpose of research on the technology and hopes the project will enhance the surveillance and detection of potential threats in crowded places.
According to Sky News reports, Security Minister, Ben Wallace will announce the funding at a summit today in London.
“The threat from terror does not stand still so neither will we, which is why we are calling on the best and the brightest from the science and technology sector to come forward with their ideas and proposals to support our ongoing work to keep people safe.”
Security Accelerator Chief, Lucy Mason said that academics and all public servants must join forces in combating terrorism.
“We don’t have all the answers. So we must bring together the brightest minds from the private sector, and academia to help find solutions to help keep our country and people safe and secure,” she said.
Mason added that the Defence and Security Accelerator was established to help the government find and exploit game-changing ideas to help the security services and police to be one step ahead of anyone who threatens the country’s safety.
“By funding and fast tracking the development of real solutions, we help to bring the innovation community together, rapidly.
“So today I reach out to our innovation community to be part of something bigger and show their support for their country,” said Mason.