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Through Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) funding, Muretex has developed a concept for improving training using wearable computing technology, such as Google Glass.

The research has seen trainees wear Google Glass headsets, which connect wirelessly to a management system so that an instructor, monitoring the trainees in real time, can see what they see and issue immediate feedback and training prompts. Muretex’s system is designed to work across a range of wearable devices.

This innovation creates a more efficient use of training time resolving problems faster and having greater real-time control over the training and performance. Ultimately it could increase training effectiveness, while reducing overall costs.

Muretex hopes that with a collaborating partner the next phase of work will include improvements to the communications infrastructure and addition of virtual-reality headsets to allow an enriched training stimulus.

Jon Platts, Owner and MD, Muretex says:


The CDE funding has been instrumental in allowing a rapid prototype to be developed and proved. For us, as a micro-business, CDE funding has proved to be the perfect funding vehicle.

Muretex was founded in 2003, has 6 employees and is a distributed company based in Lincoln with an office in the Bedford i-Lab. The company was founded by ex-RAF officers.

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.

Centre for Defence Enterprise


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QinetiQ has been funded by the Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) to develop a proof-of-concept simulation for training individuals to communicate to audiences using social media.

The environment blends scripted, simulated and real-world inputs to create an immersive information environment to reflect complex real-world pressures.

The prototype, which can be run on a laptop, will provide an environment where the complexities of social-media settings can be represented, and the judgment and decision-making skills of participants tested and enhanced through innovative feedback.

The simulation could provide a training platform for potential application in other similar spaces where decisions have to be made in complex information environments and with different audiences.

Chris Ryder, Training Information Activities through Social Media Technical Lead, QinetiQ says:


This CDE funding has provided an exciting opportunity to integrate innovative approaches for creating sophisticated synthetic training environments. When this is combined with cutting-edge techniques for providing in-scenario trainee feedback, it provides novel opportunities for accelerating trainee learning. The funding and support has enabled us to make a first step towards training that could support a range of applications. For example, for teaching social media marketing through to running more realistic crisis-management exercises in support of brand protection.

QinetiQ is a British defence, science and technology organisation. Founded in 2001 it has its headquarters in Farnborough, Hampshire and has approximately 9000 employees worldwide.

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.

Centre for Defence Enterprise


Building R103
Fermi Avenue

Harwell Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX11 0QX


Email [email protected]

Telephone +44 (0)30 67704236

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A Downing Street spokesperson said:


The Prime Minister met the Indonesian President Joko Widodo today at Downing Street.

They discussed a broad range of issues, including co-operation on security and counter-extremism. The Prime Minister offered his condolences over the loss of life in the attacks in Jakarta earlier this year, and committed to continued counter-terrorism and counter-extremism support, including co-operation and advice from our police and security agencies. The Prime Minister and President agreed that as the world’s most populous Muslim-majority state, Indonesia had a vital role to play in countering extremism globally as the voice of moderate, peaceful Islam.

They also shared thoughts on addressing other global issues, including anti-corruption and transparency where they agreed on importance of addressing these issues to ensure economic growth.

They discussed how to strengthen the bilateral trade relationship, including through today’s agreement for Indonesia’s national airline to upgrade its aircraft to a new Airbus model with Rolls-Royce engines, in a deal worth nearly £1 billion to the UK economy. And they considered new commercial opportunities, such as in infrastructure, particularly around the 2018 Asian Games, and the creative industries.

They discussed the positive progress on an ambitious EU-Indonesia free trade agreement, agreeing this held huge potential for both our countries, making it easier and cheaper for businesses to invest and trade.

They also discussed the importance of respect for human rights, with the Prime Minister reiterating our longstanding and long-stated opposition to the use of the death penalty.

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NSC has used Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) funding to provide instructors with an immersive view of a training environment and the performance of trainees.

The Camberley-based small company has demonstrated the ability to extract data from wearable technology, store and undertake analysis using cloud-based technology, and present the relevant information to an instructor on a mobile device.

The field-deployable lightweight system could be merged with other input data, such as exercise scenario preparation and social media.

Future work includes the development of a core infrastructure that uses open standards to allow easy access to market for existing and new wearable technology.

NSC will also look to take advantage of cloud storage and analytics; this will demonstrate capability to extract and present meaningful information from short-term and long-term data.

The instructor software will also be developed to provide an immersive environment for effective instructor-led training.

NSC’s Kevin Allen says:


CDE funding has allowed us to unleash our innovative thinking in a dynamic and challenging problem space. We expect significant exploitation of our CDE successes on existing UK and international delivery programmes in the coming months.

NSC was founded in 1991 and has 47 employees.

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.

Centre for Defence Enterprise


Building R103
Fermi Avenue

Harwell Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX11 0QX


Email [email protected]

Telephone +44 (0)30 67704236

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Transmedia Storyteller Ltd has been funded by the Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) to create a real-time assessment and exercise-control tablet for instructors.

The Connected Universal Assessment and Real-time Analysis Training Tool (CUARATT) significantly reduces the time to reach mission readiness, while personalising training.

It can now take 3 days to design, implement, test and deploy an exercise that would have previously taken 2 months.

Instructors automatically receive in-action recommendations based on current mission status and trainee performance – allowing them to increase or decrease exercise difficulty. Instructors can get trainee biometric information and mission status in real time, and can tag trainee performance and leave notes.

Next steps are for the company to create a cloud-based exercise-control and assessment tool called TaPaaS – Training and Performance as a Service.

Robert Pratten, CEO, Transmedia Storyteller Ltd says:


Funding and support from CDE has transformed our company and opened new opportunities that were previously unthinkable.

Founded in 2010, the company has 7 employees with its headquarters in London and staff in the USA and Spain.

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.

Centre for Defence Enterprise


Building R103
Fermi Avenue

Harwell Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX11 0QX


Email [email protected]

Telephone +44 (0)30 67704236

Alternative number +44 (0)30 67704237


Please email for the quickest response.

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