Critical communications firm Audax Global Solutions has received a €770,000 grant from the EU to develop a wearable biometric body-worn video system capable of streaming live video and audio via a 4G LTE network.
Audax are one of only 30 companies to benefit from the EU's Horizon 2020 programme, which saw many thousands apply for the initiative funding research and innovation. Audax will help to fund the project, which will incorporate scanning systems to check baggage, passengers and vehicles at airports and ports.
With much of the monetary contribution coming from the EU, Liardet noted that funding will still be available to UK firms once Britain has exited the EU. Funding is available via EASME to companies based outside the EU, as long as their own Government has contributed to the H2020 programme (helps with funding).
Pilot demos and market testing are planned for 2017, with full manufacture in Europe scheduled shortly after these tests are concluded. The product is aimed at protecting urban soft targets and urban critical infrastructure and is being based on Audax's body-worn head cameras. The grant will help Audax's R&D with development and manufacture taking place in Europe, which will in turn enhance quality control and security.
Audax was an exhibitor at the recent Critical Communications World in Amsterdam 31 May to 2 June). "We choose to exhibit at CCW as we want to introduce to potential customers, in the communications sector, the exciting possibilities that we offer," explained Liardet. "We recognise that a body worn video camera is only part of the solution and the integration into communications systems adds to the overall offering."