The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), and the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) announced that three innovators in the United Kingdom have won a share of 1.3 million pounds of funding to develop cutting-edge telexistence systems.
Telexistence technology has the potential to give people working in hazardous environments the capability to conduct tasks without being present physically. That can reduce risk and decrease the logistical burden associated with dangerous operations.
Mark Hodder, project manager at Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, said the DASA Telexistence has been a great success in identifying new innovators to partner with Dstl and NDA to develop a complete system by using science and technology to create and integrate a platform using robotics, haptics, and telepresence together to achieve results.
Andrew Gray, innovation delivery manager at the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), said that they are excited to work with Dstl and DASA on this competition. Advancing technologies in the telexistence area will help them deliver their decommissioning mission more safely, efficiently, and securely.
Andrew Gray added also said this enable them to move people away from harm, and it is their aim to decrease decommissioning activities carried out by humans in hazardous environments by 50 percent by 2030.