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GovTech SBRI Competition for Tracking Firefighters at Incidents

Monday, 15 October 2018

Funding is being provided for UK businesses and research organisations to develop an instantly deployable solution for real time tracking of firefighters at incidents.

According to Innovate UK (IUK), the UK’s fire and rescue service attends more than 55,000 incidents inside buildings or structures every year. There is currently no means of accurately monitoring and tracking a firefighting crew’s location in real-time.

The aim of this competition is to instantly track firefighters inside a building in hostile and hazardous conditions, in order to improve operational situation awareness and safety.

This is phase 1 of a potential 2-phase competition. (A decision to proceed with phase 2 will depend on the outcomes from phase 1.) This first phase involves research and development (R&D) contracts being awarded to demonstrate technical feasibility of the proposed solution.

R&D can cover solution exploration and design. It can also include prototyping and field-testing the product or service.

Feasibility studies should result in a technical and commercial specification and detailed design package for a complete tracking solution. IUK is particularly encouraging applications that are open to innovation and re-imagining technology applications to work in hostile and challenging environments.

A total of up to £250,000, including VAT, is allocated to phase 1. IUK estimates the feasibility study R&D contracts will be up to £50,000, including VAT, for each project for up to three months. IUK expects to fund up to five projects.

Applications are open to UK organisations of any size, working alone or with others from business, the research base or the third sector as subcontractors. IUK welcomes and encourages bids that bring together a consortium of sector specialists.

The competition opened on 15 October, with a deadline for registrations of 21 October and a closing date for full applications of 28 November 2018


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