DASA seeks 'telexistence' innovation


The Defence and Security Accelerator has asked developers to submit ideas in relation to technology enabling humans to operate within hazardous environments without physically being there.

According to DASA, this ‘telexistence’ capability is achieved through the use of “real time, remotely operated avatars.” It relies on the integration of ‘telepresence,’ ‘haptic’ and robotics-based solutions.
The first of these is defined as “an audio-visual solution which enables the human operator to experience the sensation of self-presence in a remote environment.”
The competition - which was announced this week - will assess proposals within each of the three technology groupings, with £500,000 of funding available for those who are successful. 

Speaking of the initiative, a spokesperson for DASA said: “Potential use cases for the technology include reducing risks associated with physically operating within hazardous environments. [This could] include explosive ordnance disposal, chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, space exploration, and firefighting.”

The deadline for proposals is midday on November 19 this year.

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