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University of Greenwich helps develop bomb disposal robot

Fri 2 September 2011, 6:09 pm

The University of Greenwich at Medway has joined forces with a Kent company to design and build a bomb disposal robot which will be sold to EU armed forces.
 
The vehicle can be controlled by a wireless device from a distance of several hundred metres and climb stairs and even open doors.
 
More lightweight than traditional bomb disposal units, it has cameras on board, as well as nuclear, biological and chemical weapon sensors.

Dr Steve Woodhead, Reader in Computer Systems & Networks within the university’s School of Engineering, said: “It’s great to be able to employ our specialist knowledge to support a small manufacturing company in its next stage of development, as well as producing a vital security product.”

The two-year collaboration between NIC Instruments and the University of Greenwich, known as a Knowledge Transfer Partnership, saw the university lend the company its expertise in electronic systems design and software engineering.

Key customers for the finished product are expected to include the defence and security forces of several EU countries. 

On the completion of the partnership, NIC Instruments predicts that its annual turnover will double within two to three years. 

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