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Gosport, United Kingdom

Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Collaborative Research & Development | Award Amount: 1.03M | Year: 2015

Project IConIC (Intelligent Condition monitoring with Integrated Communications) will develop a revolutionary system that provides accurate prediction for vessel performance and operation. It represents a step-change in the marine industry, through linking autonomous measurement systems to existing maritime satellite communications. The performance of marine engines used for propulsion and power generation has a significant impact on efficient vessel operation. Inefficient/failed engines on large vessels can cost their owners £millions. In response to this, STS Defence, a Gosport based SME, has gathered together a strong consortium of companies and academic partners to develop an automated machine to machine and ship-to-shore data exchange capability, increasingly described as the internet of things.

Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Smart - Development of Prototype | Award Amount: 148.90K | Year: 2014

Project FiRST (Fire-fighter Rescue and Support Technology) will produce a pre-production prototype of a novel Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) concept, that provides a stepchange in fire-fighter situational awareness when tackling fires in a range of environments, but particularly those challenges represented by fighting fires indoors. Fire-fighters tackling indoor blazes face exceptional hazards; from direct heat/hot gases produced from burning materials, structural instability, through to severely impaired situational awareness due to poor visibility, noise, and the difficulties Incident Commanders have in knowing the location and status of their teams inside larger structures. These particular circumstances have combined in past incidents, together with sudden and catastrophic rises in temperatures, to directly lead to fire-fighter fatalities. STS Defence is employing its extensive expertise to develop a prototype system to support front line Fire & Rescue Services. It is non-invasive, integrated onto existing breathing apparatus sets, and provides increased awareness of the fire-fighter to his/her surrounds. A robust radio-frequency communications link back to the Incident Commander provides the data and therefore the means of identifying the status of the teams, and their location in GPSdenied indoor locations.

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