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Aviation security project - The INSTINCT TD2

Company Name: Thales

Location: UK

Security Case study

The INSTINCT TD2 aviation security project

The problem

Aviation presents one of the key challenges to our security. INSTINCT (Innovative Science and Technology in Counter-Terrorism) is the overarching government response to the threat of terrorism at airports and in the skies. This calls on industry, business and academia to work with government to develop innovative ideas and solutions to the problem. Thales was selected by the UK Home Office to lead INSTINCT – Technology Demonstrator 2 (TD2). This dynamic project invited companies and academic institutions to discover, trial and showcase emergent technologies in aviation security.

The solution

Not only would demonstrators have a chance of sharing in the cash prize of £50,000 we were offering, they could test their technology or idea in a real environment that they would not normally have access to. It was also a chance to gain invaluable knowledge of the aviation security environment, and access to industry experts and potential customers and end users. Their intellectual property was protected and Thales gave full support and guidance throughout the project.

The results

We received more than 300 expressions of interest, leading to 180 submissions from small to medium-sized enterprises, academia and industry. Technology demonstrated included full-body scanners trialled at Manchester Airport and a walk-through explosive detection system at Glasgow Airport. At Thales, we transformed our Crawley site into a simulated airport experience, from ticketing to boarding. Visitors included high-level UK and international government delegates and senior representatives from the aviation industry. All in all, we showed we can bring together a range of stakeholders to enhance the UK’s capability to address the ever-changing terrorist threat.


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