The UK government announced that seven innovative vehicle screening projects, aimed at transforming the way vehicles are screened at airports, will be unveiled at Aerospace Bristol as part of the Vehicle Checkpoint (VCP) Screening Conference.
The vehicle screening projects, which are exploring new approaches to prevent explosives, weapons and other threats hidden in vehicles from accessing the airside of an airport, will be showcased at the event on 13 June 2019.
The VCP Screening Conference will mark the completion of the first phase of the VCP competition that was announced in June 2018 by the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA).
During the event, the seven selected proposals will offer an exclusive look at the progress made by them after being awarded contracts in January 2019. The vehicle screening projects had each been granted a share of the £1m funding pot offered by the Future Aviation Security Solutions (FASS).
The companies, which came up with the low and mid-level technology readiness level (TRL) proposals, will showcase their novel concepts to experts from industry, government and academia.
Through DASA’s open call for innovation, the FASS programme team gives support and encouragement to the development of innovative technology by seeking proposals to fund novel research, from any part of the world.
The UK government, in a statement, said: “In addition to learning more about the science and technology behind some of the new screening techniques being developed, attendees will be given the opportunity to understand how existing technologies are being adapted to work within the VCP setting.”
Furthermore, the audience at the VCP Screening Conference will also be invited to take part in question and answer sessions with the individuals behind the novel vehicle screening projects to help define the future of airport vehicle security screening. Attendees, through an exclusive panel discussion, will also have the opportunity to network and hear from representatives working in the aviation and security industries.
People interested in attending the Vehicle Checkpoint Screening conference can do so without any charges to pay by registering their interest on the Eventbrite page.