The Home Office has up to £150,000 to fund innovative new ways of detecting potentially threatening metallic objects in parcel depots using high-speed conveyor belts.
The department is seeking ideas that involve modifications to existing metal detectors used in depots or new systems for detecting threatening objects.
Successful projects in this SBRI (Small Business Research Initiative) competition will have access to a representative detection environment and representative threats so they can try out their proposals.
Systems will be expected to detect threatening items from a range of materials in parcels travelling on an 800mm wide conveyor belt at speeds of up to 1 metre a second.
The Home Office is involved in projects to develop a range of new detection equipment for many different environments. This competition is focused on non-explosive materials in a parcels environment.