MI5 looks to tech start-ups to develop Bond-style gadgets

MI5 and secret communications agency GCHQ is appealing to design and technology SMEs to develop new security and intelligence gadgets to help fight terrorism.

Sean Connery as James Bond
Sean Connery as James Bond

The secret service organisations are particularly keen to hear from consultancies they have not previously worked with.

MI5 is looking for concepts that would help it track and identify terrorist threats, while GCHQ wants devices that would help it verify people’s identities online and analyse behavioural data.

The organisations are looking for short proof-of-concept or demonstration-of-benefit studies that could then be developed.

The Centre for Defence Enterprise, which is organising the call for entries, says, ‘We are looking for new ways of solving these challenges using cutting-edge science and technology.’

Those interested in applying are invited to a half-day seminar in central London on 3 October.

Applications to attend the seminar should be made by 19 September here.

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  • Cellar November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    Oh dear. And all that tech worked, is working so well for the cousins. Nothing wrong with looking for new ideas for gadgets, of course, but “to combat terrorism”? The only thing that works against that is to not let yourself be terrorised. That is something Blighty did much better before it started listening to them scaredy cats across the pond.

    Really, all you need is people on the ground and you’ll be the first to know what’s up. No intarwebz or gadgetry required.

  • Bart Kanon November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    James Bond entering a compound with this suit

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmlAW_1hgT8

    Pure Epic

    Greets

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