Develop the components of a telexistence solution for defence and security

The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) are looking for ideas to allow a human user to operate in an environment without physically being there.

What's the open innovation challenge?

The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is running a 2-phase competition on behalf of the Defence and Science Technology Laboratory (Dstl). It aims to develop and demonstrate telexistence components that once integrated, allow a human user to operate in an environment without physically being there.

A telexistence capability can be defined as a system, or a system of systems, which allows a human user to operate in an environment without physically being there. This could be achieved by using a real-time, remotely operated avatar which relies on the integration of:

  • Telepresence: a visual-audio solution which enables a human operator to experience the sensation of self-presence in a remote environment
  • Haptic feedback: an immersive solution which transmits sensory information from the remote environment to the human operative
  • Robotics: a manoeuvrable solution which enables a human operator to interact with the remote environment

This competition seeks to assess proposals from each of the three technology groupings (challenge areas), but submissions that combine two or more of these challenge areas are also encouraged.

£500k has been allocated to Phase 1, with projects completing by 31 May 2021. It is anticipated that bids will be up to £100k.

Project date milestones

14 October 2020: Supplier briefing. If you would like to participate, please register on the Eventbrite page

21-22 October 2020: A series of 15 minute, one-to-one teleconference sessions, giving you the opportunity to ask specific questions. If you would like to participate, please register on the Eventbrite page

19 November 2020, Midday GMT: Competition closes

29 January 2021: Feedback release

31 May 2021: Contract ends

Next steps

Read full guidelines and apply through the DASA website.