LONDON Design consultancy Plextek Ltd (Cambridge, England) has been awarded around £ 300,000 (about $611,000) by the U.K. Ministry of Defence (MoD) in the first contract awarded by its 'Competition of Ideas' initiative.
The contract enables Plextek to research an MoD proposal for innovative technology which will allow improved communications between military vehicles and convoys.
“The Competition of Ideas aims to encourage innovation in defence technology, and to help SMEs engage with the MoD. I look forward to seeing the results of Plextek’s research, which I hope will bring innovative solutions to the MoD as the customer,” said Lord Drayson, Minister for Defence Equipment and Support. “This technology could allow vehicles to share information on their position and cargo status with other vehicles in the convoy as well as transmitting the data back to base, all using very low cost, low power technology with little chance of intercept. This would make a real difference to the military and civilian drivers that provide logistical support to U.K. forces.”
The Competition of Ideas, launched as part of the Defence Technology Strategy in October 2006, challenged the U.K. science and technology community to offer their innovative ideas to solve some of today’s most pressing defence issues.
Further contracts from the Competition of Ideas will be announced by the MoD by the end of July.