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Software

Software

Dstl also has various software that can be applied to both defence and non-defence applications.

Structural Assessment Modelling RASAM
Structural Assessment Modelling RASAM

RASAM (Rapid Aero-elastic Structures Assessment Method) software builds on NASTRAN, the industry standard finite element (FE) model.
Bridging the gap between CAD and FE models that has been otherwise partially addressed by an assortment of proprietary software packages, RASAM has the potential to create a truly multidisciplinary modelling environment.

Electronics

Electronics

Many electronic devices and systems with industrial and consumer applications can be enhanced with these technologies.

GPS3 High Solutions using a Multiplex Binary Offset Carrier (MBOC)

Significant improvements to the performance of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) can be achieved by advances in the modulation techniques of the satellites transmitted baseline signal.  Interoperability is also a key benefit between the GPSIII, Galileo and other networks.

Detection & Diagnostics

Detection & Diagnostics

Methods and technology developed to detect and diagnose substances i.e. explosives, chemicals and biological substances across a range of industry sectors and applications.

Cyclone Bio-threat Detection

Airborne biological threats pose a real and serious concern for both Departments of Defence and the Homeland Security markets.  Threats range from anthrax spores to biological toxins. Current methods to detect their presence are all liquid based (e.g. PCR, immunoassays).  Potential threat agents need to be efficiently extracted from the airborne state for onward liquid-based analysis, a potential threat detected by a “trigger” can then be assessed.

WIBS real time bio-aerosol monitoring
WIBS real time bio-aerosol monitoring

An instrument that can deliver reagent-free, real-time, continuous monitoring of bio-aerosols. This could be used for monitoring of bio-aerosol loads at composting sites, detecting indoor mould spores, environmental research or pharmaceutical clean rooms.

Sample Collection using Lateral Flow Strips
Sample Collection using Lateral Flow Strips

A robust and easy to use device has been developed for swabbing surfaces and the sample run on several different lateral flow test strips. A range of materials from explosives to bacterial contamination can be tested for. The sample is retained in the device for subsequent analysis, or as forensic evidence.

Method for Detection of Target Nucleic Acids Using PCR
Method for Detection of Target Nucleic Acids Using PCR

Dstl has developed an assay method for detecting the presence of particular nucleic acid
sequences which may be adapted to quantify the amount of the target sequence in a sample.
Using an assay of this type, a fluorescent label becomes incorporated only into the amplification
product allowing delivery of higher specificity and faster detection of target nucleic acids for
methods such as qPCR.

‘Asunder’ - Interrogating Mixtures of Nucleic Acids
‘Asunder’ - Interrogating Mixtures of Nucleic Acids

The analysis of complex DNA mixtures containing three or more DNA profiles is a challenge in forensic DNA analysis.  Asunder is a proprietary method for interrogating mixtures of nucleic acids, it can identify the number of contributors in a mixture and their DNA profile, without any knowledge of the contributors or the contributors’ genotypes. Results have shown significant gains over existing methods of analysis.

Pre-symptomatic Determination of Sepsis
Pre-symptomatic Determination of Sepsis

Diagnosed cases of sepsis are exceeding 18 million a year with 1,400 patients dying daily in the developed world. New technologies are urgently required to allow for earlier detection of patients with, or at risk of, sepsis. The described technology allows for the pre-symptomatic diagnosis of sepsis, differentiating the approach from those in current use or development.

Biometrics

Biometrics

Work is constantly evolving in order to develop biometric capability whether for access control or to enable forensic recovery and analysis techniques and tools.

Noise Adaptive Feature Matching (NAFM) method
Noise Adaptive Feature Matching (NAFM) method

One of the major problems with matching measured signals to model signals is that the matching effectiveness can be badly compromised in the presence of noise in the measured signal. The NAFM method operates on statistical features of the signals, rather than the actual waveform shapes of the signals. The NAFM method can deliver a significant improvement in matching accuracy, particularly when large or varying amounts of noise are present in the measured signal, as is typical with the use of voice biometrics for mobile consumer devices.

Cyber

Cyber

We offer significant expertise and unique tools that can be utilised more widely through development with industrial partners.

Cyber Defence Capability Assessment Tool (CDCAT)
Cyber Defence Capability Assessment Tool (CDCAT)

CDCAT provides a methodology and scoring system for cyber defence preparedness. The development draws significantly on government and industry and consolidates the most effective best practices. Results are presented in a format consistent with the industry standard for IT service management; ITIL offering a potentially huge market to interact with. CDCAT is available from APMG

Defence & Security

Defence & Security

Dstl’s primary role is to ensure the MOD’s capabilities in science and technology support its current and future objectives. Ploughshare has been able to widen the benefit further to other defence and homeland security markets.

Flexible Bracket

A flexible bracket originally developed for attaching armour to a vehicle. The felexibility allows more resilient support for the armour during vehicle manoeuvre when compared with a rigid alternative, it’s potential applications are much wider. For more details: info@ploughshareinnovations.com

Super Bainite Armour Steel
Super Bainite Armour Steel

Super Bainite steel is a high performance armour steel, following live fire trials it has been demonstrated to have a hardness matching that of alternative high hardness armour steels, and some ceramic armours, at a much reduced cost.

Audio Visual Acoustic Detection
Audio Visual Acoustic Detection

The Dstl Integrated Audio-Visual Acoustic Detection has been developed to assist sonar operators by automatically analysing auditory information and presenting it as visual markers, simplifying complex sound detection and identification.

Synthetic Aperture Radar System
Synthetic Aperture Radar System

A new concept for bi-static synthetic aperture radar (SAR), with a transmit-only satellite component, an airborne rebroadcasting and a ground based image processing component. 
This allows for a major increase in the performance of the satellite component, and significantly reduced cost of the processing component through the avoidance of space qualification of the computing power required to decode the SAR image.

Life Science

Life Science

Developed by Dstl to detect, study or mitigate the effects of trauma or infection, these technologies can also add value in the wound care, detection and even advanced material industries.

Non formaldehyde toxoiding

Scientists at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) in the UK have developed a method to treat a toxin to produce a toxoid for use in vaccines that does not involve the use of formaldehyde. These toxoids are more stable, quicker to produce and avoid the toxicity associated with formaldehyde.

Humane Rodenticide

The £200m rodenticide manufacturing market is dominated by products based upon anticoagulants.  However, due to issues of concern regarding humaneness, toxicity (resistance) and safety there is increasing pressure upon the industry to develop new products.

Pre-symptomatic Determination of Sepsis
Pre-symptomatic Determination of Sepsis

Diagnosed cases of sepsis are exceeding 18 million a year with 1,400 patients dying daily in the developed world. New technologies are urgently required to allow for earlier detection of patients with, or at risk of, sepsis. The described technology allows for the pre-symptomatic diagnosis of sepsis, differentiating the approach from those in current use or development.

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