05 Jun 2018

DASA and DARE to hold get the ship in shape innovation event

The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) and the Royal Navy Innovation Team, DARE (Discovery, Assessment and Rapid Exploitation) are to hold an innovation event alongside the crew of the HMS Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carrier in July.

HMS Queen Elizabeth, and sister ship HMS Prince Of Wales, are the new cutting edge UK Aircraft Carriers and the largest ships the UK has ever built for the Royal Navy. These ships are intended to be operated by an extremely small crew relative to the ships’ size and the complexity of tasks that they undertake.

The operating environment and geographic dislocation of personnel will create new challenges in the way that work is managed and effectively delivered. Personnel tracking and communications can benefit from cutting edge technologies and it is yet to be determined which technologies can best enhance working routines, feeding routines and organisational structure.

Key areas where efficiencies are required include:

  • tracking people and providing potential data sets for machine learning approaches to logistics and workflow analysis
  • schedule maintenance, connect the maintainer, information and tools in the right place at the right time
  • keeping such a large real-estate clean is a challenge. Every hour spent cleaning, is time away from training, operating or maintaining. Innovation will be sought for possible efficiency/ automation/ novel technology for when, where, how and with what cleaning processes are undertaken.
  • accounting for people, provisions, consumption and on-board purchasing is an obvious candidate for evolution

Companies interested in discussing their ideas, technologies and solutions to these areas are encouraged to attend the event, which will be held on Wednesday 4 July 2018.

At the event, delegates will get a chance to go on-board and see the context of the challenges upfront with support from the actual end users.

They will hear first hand the technical and procedural challenges faced by the current Ship’s Company and have the opportunity to shape future Defence Innovation challenges on the ship and future R&D investments.

Delegates will also get the opportunity to discuss both viable products and conceptual capabilities requiring funding.

Those wishing to participate in the event should register their interest by 5pm on 19 June 2018.

Successful parties will be contacted between 20 and 21 June 2018 and provided with further information about the event.

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