The FASS programme helps government to respond effectively to threats against the aviation industry through the use of innovative technology.
The Future Aviation Security Solutions (FASS) programme aims to improve aviation security by funding and supporting the development of innovative science and technology.
The programme has £25.5 million in funding to invest over 5 years to provide new aviation security solutions, not just concepts, for the commercial market. The programme will improve our ability to prevent terrorist attacks on aviation and have a positive impact on passengers’ experiences.
Who is involved in the FASS programme
The FASS programme is a joint initiative between the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Home Office. The programme team works closely with other government agencies and across a wide range of stakeholders, from airports to universities.
Consultation with industry
The FASS programme team has sought the views of the aviation security sector and beyond. We have identified several areas of work that will enhance aviation security including:
- funding research and innovation — particularly the early stage development of new products
- helping with the testing and trialling of new equipment
- supporting communication and collaboration across the sector
Competitions to find solutions for aviation security challenges
The FASS programme team supports and encourages the development of innovative technology by seeking proposals to fund novel research, from anywhere in the world, via the Defence and Security Accelerator’s (DASA) open call for innovation .
FASS also holds themed competitions to find solutions to specific challenges. Working with DASA, the team has so far funded research into technologies for passenger, baggage and cargo screening, and also for solutions to the challenge of detecting explosives hidden in electrical items .
Research testing and trialling support
The FASS programme team works closely with research teams and end-users to improve the speed at which new technology is developed, refined and introduced to an airport. With the assistance of the Joint Security and Resilience Centre (JSaRC) the team helps to provide testing and trialling facilities and equipment for projects at all stages of product development.
Latest news about the FASS programme
- Government commits £1.8 million to fund innovation in aviation security, 23 February 2018
- The future of aviation security: apply for innovation funding, 18 October 2017
- Government announces fund to revolutionise airport screening, 20 October 2017