Detecting security threats and contraband in prisons

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Detecting security threats and contraband in prisons

The Ministry of Justice are to invest up to £950,000 over Phases 1 and 2 of this new SBRI competition to develop novel solutions to the problems that drones, drugs, mobile phones and other contraband pose within a prison environment.  These problems have been widely covered by the media.

The aim of this competition is to develop novel detection techniques to identify and reduce the threat that these items pose. Proposals for Phase 1 funding should set out new concepts addressing at least one of the following:

  • The detection, identification and location of mobile phones and SIM cards, including phones with very low metal content
  • The detection and location of illegal substances, particularly in very small quantities
  • The detection, identification and location of other contraband, including tobacco, alcohol, weapons and explosives
  • The detection and identification of drones.  

For further information go to Detecting security threats and contraband in prisons.

This competition opens on 18 September, 2017 and closes on 1 November, 2017.