This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition with funding provided by the GovTech Catalyst.
The aim of the competition is to instantly track firefighters inside a building in hostile and hazardous conditions. This will improve operational situation awareness and safety.
Each year UK fire and rescue service attend over 55,000 incidents inside buildings or structures. They are currently unable to accurately monitor and track a firefighting crew’s location in real-time.
The overall programme will be delivered over 2 phases. 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. Only successful applicants from phase 1 will be able to apply to take part in phase 2.
Phase 1: research and development contracts, feasibility study
The first phase involves research and development contracts being awarded to demonstrate technical feasibility of the proposed solution.
We would welcome and encourage bids that bring together a consortium of sector specialists.
Phase 2: research and development contracts, prototype development and testing
The second phase involves up to 2 research and development (R&D) contracts being awarded to businesses chosen from the successful phase 1 applicants.
We expect projects to range in size up to total costs of £50,000, including VAT, for each organisation. Projects must start by 15 February 2019 and can last up to 3 months.
Full details and to check eligibility click here