INSTINCT-TD2 project launched to enhance aviation security

Project will  identify and trial new solutions, technologies and ideas.

Thales UK and Intellect have announced the launch of the INSTINCT-Technology Demonstrator 2 (TD2) project, to enhance aviation security.

This project is designed to discover, trial and showcase emergent security technologies, solutions and ideas, validated through trials and analysis conducted in a combination of live physical environments, including UK Airports and synthetic environments.

Support to develop technologies, solutions or ideas into real products that can be quickly implemented within the aviation security environment is a key deliverable for the project, as is the awareness of these ‘products’ and their capabilities by the airport, airline and security authorities and companies.

Specific benefits to successful demonstrators include gaining knowledge of the aviation security environment and the application of their technology within this market, access to a wide range of potential customers and end users and financial support to offset reasonable costs associated with taking part in the trials, subject to status


Also, coaching and support in the development of their technology, solution or idea into a marketable product and business planning, full support and guidance throughout the entire project and access to aviation and industry experts to help them to trial, demonstrate and market their technology in the best possible way.

Participation is sought from any person, company or academic institution, regardless of size or location, that has a technology, solution or idea that could improve aviation security at any stage in the air travel process, from planning and booking a trip through to boarding an aircraft.

Ideally this would improve, or at least not affect, passenger experience and/or airport revenues.

Thales UK will lead the project and work closely with aviation and security experts, with support from trade and industry associations.

Security Minister Baroness Pauline Neville-Jones said: "The threat to our security is real and is evolving, and technology can play a key role in reducing that threat."

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