News story: CDE Marketplace 2016


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Investors can request an invite to the event to be held at the Royal Society in London. The aim of the Marketplace is to showcase innovations from some of our funding competitions to potential investors, from the defence market and wider, to increase the likelihood of exploitation.

This Marketplace will feature the winners of our persistent surveillance from the air, and agile immersive mission training competitions with the UK Defence Solutions Centre, plus additional successful projects from other CDE funding competitions.

This high-profile event will be opened by Philip Dunne MP, the Minister for Defence Procurement.

The day will include keynote presentations, 5-minute pitch sessions for our exhibitors giving a taster of what they’ve done, and exhibition areas to showcase innovative projects, network and build new relationships.

The companies exhibiting for CDE are listed below along with the innovative project title. These tables will be updated as case studies become available.

CDE enduring and themed competitions

Company Project title
Riskaware Ltd (SME) Cyber operational mission mapping, visualisation and analysis tool
IQHQ (SME) Develop and demonstrate hardware for a dynamic, adaptive and resilient receiver design which has a high immunity to channel interference and different types of directed jamming
University of Bristol (academia) Nano electro mechanical relays for radiation resistant and high temperature electronics
PacTec (SME) LocAlert Squad Positioning Intelligence Network. Precise locational and navigational positioning for ‘dismounted personnel’ applications via wireless devices for use in GPS denied environments and cluttered environments / inside buildings
MAST Carbon (SME) Lightweight high-power energy storage devices
MEON Technologies (SME) Chaff improvement programme
University of Birmingham (academia) Novel therapeutic technology for reducing the risk of infection and increasing the rates of tissue repair following battlefield injuries
Imperial College London (academia) Structural manufacture of bone and soft tissue frangible simulants
University of Strathclyde (academia) Development of a portable blood salvage and auto-transfusion technology to enhance survivability of personnel requiring major medical intervention
VERT Rotors (SME) Low vibration rotary cooling system for small satellites
University of Birmingham (academia) Passive missile borne radar
Spectra Medical (SME) Partial coherence synthetic aperture imaging for low Earth orbit
Agile, immersive mission training competition

Organisation and type Project title
Transmedia Storyteller Ltd (SME) Connected universal assessment and real-time analysis training tool
Newman and Spurr Consultancy Ltd (SME) Demonstrate the utility of wearable systems to enhance the effectiveness of training instructors
Muretex Ltd (SME) In-action review of trainee performance
BMT Defence Services (SME) Beyond SCORM: closing the training loop with state-of-the-art learning technology
Inzpire Ltd (SME) GHOST - a graphically hosted objective solution for training
Minerva Simulation Ltd (SME) The Minerva Thunderbird low-cost tracked vehicle trainer
Plextek Ltd (SME) Virtual reality training evaluation system, and augmented reality counter-IED search training
Close Air Solutions (SME) Sensory immersion (cognitive fidelity and training effectiveness)
QinetiQ (large) ISS enhancing in-action review through JarViST, and augmented synthetic environment for training info activities delivered through social media
Persistent surveillance from the air competition

Organisation and type Project title
Glyndwr Innovations Ltd (SME) Ultra-light optical system incorporating a corrected Richey Chretien to allow for minimal number of optical components to be used yet provide a large well-corrected field
Amethyst research Ltd (SME) High operating temperature dual band (SWIR/MWIR) focal plane arrays for thermoelectrically cooled infrared camera systems with power capability
University of Strathclyde (academia) Proof of communicating radar-operational mode with co-existent fractional fourier transform based waveforms and communication
University of Birmingham (academia) Persistent surveillance from air with a low frequency MIMO towed array radar SIMITAR
Plextek Ltd (SME) RF emitter location in frequency and bearing via signal processing operating directly upon samples from a compressed sensing receiver
Roke Manor Research Ltd (large) Communications to HAPS using extant or dedicated LTE infrastructure
Selex ES Ltd (large) Lightweight wide area IR surveillance
QinetiQ (large) Low swap combined multi-spectral and full motion video electro-optical sensor with automated surfaces, and multi-function LIDAR and optical communications

We had a similar event last year and 100% of our exhibitors said that they found the event useful and made new connections, and attendees found out about useful capabilities from innovative SMEs and academia that fitted with their programmes. The event was attended by over 100 potential investors.

Attend the Marketplace

Attendance at this event is by invite only to potential investors from the defence industry and other areas, plus wider government. If you’re interested in attending, please contact [email protected]. You need to tell us who you are, what organisation you’re from, your job role and a simple description of why you should attend.

We expect this to be a popular event so we may have to limit numbers from a single organisation.

About CDE

CDE funds novel, high-risk, high-potential-benefit research. We work with the broadest possible range of science and technology providers, including academia and small companies, to develop cost-effective capabilities for UK armed forces and national security.

CDE is part of Dstl.

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