The Ministry of Defence are investing in a new pair of eyes…snake eyes.
The pocket-sized drones and mini detectors, known as Snake Eyes, are among the cutting edge high-tech gadgets used to investigate future chemical or bio-hazards.
Small enough to be posted through a letter box, they can relay 3D images of an area and detect any chemical agents.
Autonomous Devices Ltd, the creator of the eyes, will integrate their technologies creating an intelligence control system that allows an operator with little-to-no training to operate the drone.
The concept was created as part of a collaboration between the Ministry of Defence and the Home Office.
Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon MP announced the winners of the innovation challenge today at Defence Suppliers Forum.
Part of the larger, Autonomy in Hazardous Scene Assessment Competition, an enormous £1.6 million worth of funding is to be awarded.
Small-and-medium-sized enterprises benefit from the competition if they can develop high-tech concepts that promise to help acetate progress in assessing potentially hazardous scenes.
Sir Michael spoke about the technology initiative:
“Whether it’s an accidental spill on UK roads or an attack overseas, we need the very latest technology for a quick and accurate response. Challenges like this and our £800 million Innovation Fund are helping us to do just that”.
Other winners include the Deep Neural Network Based Survey, an autonomous MIRA robot that can search situations for casualties and hazards as well as establish a cordon zone.
Loughborough University Centre for Autonomous Systems have developed SceneSEARCH that allows people to be in the scene, without actually being there.
Effectively, the SceneSEARCH enables effective, faster decisions with minimal risk to life.
The last phase two winners were Red Alert, a system that will automatically collect imagery of the terrain and atmospheric measurements at different altitudes.
Within a matter of minutes, it will present the user with a 2D and 3D map of the area of interest.
The hope is that by investing in such technologies, the UK will stay at the forefront of global issues by recognising the potential across the country.