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High-speed High-fidelity 3D Advanced Audio Array Simulation

Generate faster, more accurate simulations of audio arrays to improve user experience and reduce costs.

Simulation and modelling of audio arrays is computationally slow and the results lack fidelity. Deployed systems are typically therefore under-optimised and subject to performance degradation as the environment changes. This new analysis technique provides accurate real-time simulations which will allow the development of cost-effective,high performance 3D audio arrays into a wide range of products and services.

Benefits

  • Improved Quality of Service – performance improvement delivers better user experience
  • Dynamic – optimal performance is maintained in changing environments
  • Reduced Size and Cost – fewer microphones in the array
  • Power Reduction – less processing required by fewer microphones

Applications

Applications include any system with multiple receive (microphones) or transmit (speakers) elements that conform to the wave equation.

  • Event Recording – concerts, sports
  • Voice Recognition – e.g. Amazon Echo
  • Immersive Audio – gaming / home cinema
  • Automotive – beamforming for music / calls
  • Medical – improvements to ultrasound
  • Smartphone – improved microphone arrays,e.g. for teleconferencing

 



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Cognito: Knowledge Management from Unstructured Data

Extract data, visualise relationships, and gain insight from large unstructured files.

Knowledge management has become increasingly important for many organisations. However, the ability to rapidly extract, analyse and exploit large volumes of information from diverse sources is particularly challenging when documents are unstructured. Cognito automatically extracts information from unstructured and semi-structured texts to give insights and value from data.

Benefits

  • Allows organisations to use unstructured documents in their knowledge management resource
  • Real-time scanning of new documents makes new information available on demand
  • Provides rapid processing and reporting which significantly reduces the time to find information

Applications

  • Defence and security
  • Corporates / industry
  • Media and news agencies
  • Science / medical research
  • Historical archives

Licensing

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Novel Design Lightweight Collimator

A high-performance, low size, weight and power scanning beam collimator.

Collimators are a key component in high energy radiation (e.g. x-ray, particle beam) equipment however current designs for scanning (pencil) beams are subject to both performance and physical limitations. A new lightweight design overcomes these issues and produces higher resolution images while reducing mechanical complexity.

Benefits

  • Better image quality due to uniform spot size/shape
  • Small, lightweight design improves portability
  • X-ray shielding is smaller and lighter
  • Wide field of view (~120º)
  • Mechanically simpler and less power needed

Licensing
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Body Worn Electronic Warfare Antenna

High performance body worn antennas for electronic warfare and communications.

Electronic Warfare (EW) equipment has traditionally employed large vertical omnidirectional antennas. However, they present operational challenges for their users as they are low gain, highly visible, and can limit manoeuvrability in operational environments. This new body worn antenna system overcomes these limitations, increases performance and reduces cost.

Benefits

  • Higher and more consistent gain
  • Higher power on target, greater range, and/or longer battery endurance
  • Greater robustness and less prone to snagging
  • Low manufacturing costs owing to simple design
  • Discrete antenna reduces visual signature

Applications

  • Defence and security
  • Search and rescue
  • Specialist civilian applications

Licensing

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MATISSE - GIS Software Enhancement

Enhance the image analysis capabilities and potential image sources for GIS software.

The rapid growth in the demand for geospatial image analysis has resulted in the need for more capable Geographic Information System (GIS) software. Existing GIS software can be limited when there is a requirement to rapidly process large numbers of images of varying quality, weather conditions, and timestamps. MATISSE overcomes these limitations and also delivers huge improvements in the accuracy and speed of processing to enhance the capabilities of your geospatial image analysis.

Benefits

  • Converts a two hour manual process into a two minute, fully automated process
  • Delivers high accuracy, even with very large data sets and old reference imagery
  • Effective with large viewing angle variations, weather and lighting conditions
  • Compatible with multiple sensors (optical, SAR etc.)

Applications

  • Environmental – agriculture, ecology, conservation, climate change
  • Transportation – planning, logistics
  • Science – astronomy, meteorology, archaeology, water/energy management
  • Security – border security, antismuggling, emergency response

Licensing
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‘Asunder’ - Interrogating Mixtures of Nucleic Acids

Improve results from complex DNA mixtures

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.

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Synthetic Aperture Radar System

Raise performance and reduce cost

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.

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Bright Source Protection

A means to reduce the adverse effects of bright light sources on image intensification devices as used in night vision sensors.  Dstl have developed an electro-optic protection measure (EOPM) that can be applied to an image intensification tube that employs simple material layers and control electronics that can spatially limit the photo-cathode response for bright areas in an imaged scene.

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Anti-Dazzle Imaging Sensor

Saturation and blooming effects caused by high intensity light sources such as sunlight, welding arc, car head lamps or lasers if directed at an optical system or device, are a common problem.  They can cause degradation of image quality, loss of situational awareness for the user and often damage to the sensor pixel array. This invention relates to a charge transfer type imaging sensor that limits the transmission of radiation from high intensity light sources.

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Laser Event Recorder for the Electronic Flight Bag (EFB)

Lasers are a growing threat to the safety of commercial aviation, with over 3000 laser incidents being reported in the U.S. during 2012. However, Laser Event Recorders (LERs) can capture evidence of laser incidents and a new application, LERapp, has been developed as a low cost and rapidly deployable means of detecting and characterising such incidents. Its use as an intelligence gathering tool has the potential to enhance aviation safety.

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Laser Event Recorder for the Electronic Flight Bag (EFB)

Lasers are a growing threat to the safety of commercial aviation, with over 3000 laser incidents being reported in the U.S. during 2012. However, Laser Event Recorders (LERs) can capture evidence of laser incidents and a new application, LERapp, has been developed as a low cost and rapidly deployable means of detecting and characterising such incidents. Its use as an intelligence gathering tool has the potential to enhance aviation safety.

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Case Study: Cyber Defence Capability Assessment Tool (CDCAT)

Ploughshare licensed CDCAT® to APMG which has provided a key component to their cyber security offering and has opened up new international markets.

Ploughshare Innovations has licensed technology innovations to many UK companies across a wide range of industries. CDCAT® is an example of an advanced cyber software tool which was developed by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and licensed to a leading UK-based supplier of cyber security products and services, APMG.

  • CDCAT® was developed by Dstl, the Ministry of Defence’s research laboratory, to provide a scientific approach to identifying cyber risks arising from inadequate defences.
  • It gives organisations a comprehensive means to assess their existing cyber defences, identify vulnerabilities and develop a road-map for improvements.
  • Licensed to APMG for exploitation through their own cyber security services, as well as third party licensing, training, accreditation and certification.
  • Finalist in the Innovative Product of the Year category at the Cyber Security Awards 2016.
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Super Bainite Armour Steel

A readily machinable ultra-high hardness steel designed for armour plating

Appliqué armour for fighting vehicles is both expensive and adds weight to the platform. Super Bainite Steel is a low cost ultra-high hardness steel that provides an alternative to current protective armour plate. During live fire trials it has demonstrated performance matching that of current high hardness armour steels and some ceramic armours.

Benefits

  • Ballistics performance meets the same European and NATO standards as Armox® 600 and MARS® 300
  • Half the weight for the same level of protection compared with Rolled Homogeneous Armour (RHA)
  • Low cost alternative due to its low chrome and nickel composition
  • Readily machinable in pearlite state or final form using conventional tooling
  • Simple manufacturing process

Licensing

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Non Linear Optical Device

This invention relates to a nonlinear optical device and more particularly to an optically addressed light valve (see below) suitable for selectively limiting the transmission of radiation from high intensity light sources.

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Optically Addressed Light Valve

An optically addressed light valve suitable for selectively limiting the transmission of radiation from high intensity light sources independent of wavelength using a liquid crystal cell and a photoconductive material (vanadium doped silicone carbide). Originally designed to prevent ‘dazzle’ of light sensors its applications now include protection from sources such as sunlight, arc welding, head lights; or lasers.

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Sample Collection using Lateral Flow Strips

Robust, easy to use device

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.

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Pre-symptomatic Determination of Sepsis

Determine the onset of sepsis days before clinical symptoms appear in the patient.

Diagnosed cases of sepsis exceed 18 million a year with 1,400 patients dying daily in the developed world. Rapid treatment is critical to a patient’s recovery and therefore the time taken to diagnose sepsis is key. This technology can diagnose sepsis in the patient before symptoms appear which has the potential to save many lives and reduce economic costs.

Benefits

  • Therapeutic window extended and mortality rates reduced
  • Cost of treatment lowered
  • Can discriminate between sepsis, SIRS, and negative controls
  • Compatible with RT-qPCR formats for rapid results

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