QinetiQ, AWM collaborate to develop advanced sensors

FARNBOROUGH, UK-A new multimillion investment fund will be available to businesses beginning in June to stimulate the technical development of advanced sensors and their integration into technologies used in everyday life.

FARNBOROUGH, UK-A new multimillion investment fund will be available to businesses beginning in June to stimulate the technical development of advanced sensors and their integration into technologies used in everyday life. Regional development agency Advantage West Midlands (AWM) has joined forces with international defense and security technology company QinetiQ to provide access to sensor technology and funding to develop new commercial opportunities. With the combination of QinetiQ’s advanced sensors capability and know how and investment funding of £10.5 million (US$20.8 million) from AWM to help businesses identify, develop, and commercially exploit new products, the total value of the Advanced Sensors Program stands at more than £20 million (US$40 million).

Successful applicants will be given access to the research-and-development capabilities of QinetiQ. QinetiQ experts will help companies determine whether incorporating or improving sensor technology is appropriate for them and will work with companies to explore the possible solutions for their products and processes. The involvement of QinetiQ also gives projects a commercial focus so that the investment in technology provides rewards to all the participants. Up to half a million pounds could be available to each successful business participating in the project in the form of both technical and business support, according to Simon Bennett, managing director of QinetiQ commercial business.

The advanced sensors project has three stages. During stage one, businesses will receive assistance in qualifying their ideas and building specific propositions for the use of sensor technology. Stage two will focus on proof of concept and technical development, followed by the design, construction, and testing of prototypes. Stage three is about the commercial exploitation of the ideas, with QinetiQ assisting businesses to access finance and roll out the technology through volume manufacturing and product marketing.

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