£1.3m contracts awarded to fund teleexistence technologies

  • Global funding of £1.3m allocated to three innovative organizations to develop teleexistence technologies
  • Funding made via Telexistence: Phase 2, managed on behalf of the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (dstl) and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (nes)
  • Telexistence: Phase 2 sought innovations to develop a complete telexistence system, integrating telepresence, robotics and haptics technologies on a single platform

The Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (dstl), the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (nes) and the Defense and Security Accelerator (DASA) are pleased to announce that three innovators have won a share of £1.3m funding to develop state-of-the-art teleexistence systems.

Telexistence technology has the potential to give those working in hazardous environments the ability to undertake tasks without being physically present, which can reduce risk and reduce the logistical burden associated with hazardous operations. Innovators were tasked with evaluating their innovations against use cases in:

  • Specialized nuclear decommissioning tasks
  • Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)
  • Defense and security medical applications

Mark Hodder, Project Manager, Defense Science and Technology Laboratory, said:

The DASA The Telexistence: Phase 2 competition was a great success in finding the latest innovators to collaborate with dstl and nes develop a complete system using science and technology to integrate and create a platform using telepresence, robotics and haptics together to achieve results.

Andrew Gray, Innovation Delivery, Manager Nuclear Decommissioning Authority said:

We are delighted to work with DASA and dstl on this contest. Advanced technologies in the field of teleexistence will help us carry out our mission of dismantling more safely, securely and efficiently by allowing us to ward off humans from evil. Our goal is to reduce man-made dismantling activities in hazardous environments by 50% by 2030. We are really encouraged to see such fantastic solutions coming from the supply chain.

Congratulations to the winners of Telexistence: Phase 2

Four projects by 3 innovators received funding from Telexistence: Phase 2 to accelerate their new ideas. The winners are:

NWT

TNO’s HaBiTS innovation, (Haptic Bimanual Telexistence System), composed of robotic arms and effectors, aims to provide nes operators with a high sense of teleexistence and with the essential visual, auditory and haptic cues necessary for effective, efficient and safe performance of tasks.

University of Sheffield

MediTel (Medical Teleexistence Platform) at the University of Sheffield aims to deliver next-generation medical teleexistence technologies that integrate telepresence, robotics and haptic technologies into a single platform. This will allow users to interact in real time with remote environments and consultant interfaces to enhance the capabilities of combat medics and regimental aid stations to reduce the human risk of injury. The project is a collaboration between the Advanced Manufacturing Research Center (AMRC) and the departments of the School of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering (ACSE) and Sheffield Robotics.

Cyberselves Universal Ltd.

Cyberselves is undertaking two projects aligned with different use cases, but using similar system components. The first project, TEL-ND, aims to design a state-of-the-art teleexistence solution that eliminates nes risk operators. The innovation allows operators to perform their tasks remotely from a remote location, using a robot, without impacting performance.

The second project, TEL-MED, aims to design an innovative teleexistence product that allows dispersed medical personnel to be present in multiple locations at once while removing them from radioactive, chemical or biologically compromised environments.

Telexistence: Phase 2-funded projects will run over the next 10 months and undergo a series of representative trials, with results delivered in summer 2023.

What happened in Telexistence: Phase 1

Telexistence: Phase 2 follows Phase 1, where £570,000 of contracts were awarded to:

  • Veolia Nuclear Solutions
  • Cyberselves Universal Ltd.
  • Creec
  • L3Harris Technologies, Inc – Robotics Division
  • Holoxica Limited
  • University of Leeds
  • NWT
  • Center of Excellence in Terrorism, Resilience, Intelligence and Organized Crime Research (CENTRIC) at Sheffield Hallam University
  • Digital Kinematics Ltd

Telexistence: Phase 1 aimed to understand the technical possibilities and potential applications of a telexistence capability for the defense and security community.

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