South Wales Police in conjunction with Gwent Police, Welsh Government and Innovate UK have launched the ‘Next Generation Predictive Policing Project’ to help them find tech savvy companies who can offer potentially transformational crime fighting technology.
This new national competition set up by South Wales Police as part of the Fusion programme aims to change policing through the use of predictive policing solutions which will help maximise the effectiveness of resources and enhance the service provided to the communities of Southern Wales.
South Wales Police Chief Superintendent Jonathan Edwards said:
“The technology available to us today has the potential to completely transform the way we do business in the future and to help us provide the public with a more effective and more efficient service.
“Policing is a challenging environment, which has become even more challenging against a backdrop of austerity. If we are to continue to provide our communities with a service upon which they can rely and trust, then we are going to have to adapt and learn to work smarter.
“Together with our colleagues in Gwent we have made a commitment to ensure our officers and staff are fully equipped to meet the demands of both the present and the future, but to achieve this we must open our eyes to all possible solutions with the potential to help deliver our policing objectives. The opportunities really are endless ”
Next Generation Predictive Policing Project is one the latest competitions launched through the Welsh Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) Innovation Catalyst Programme to open up new opportunities for the business community to help solve challenges facing public sector organisations in Wales. Businesses are being invited to competitively bid for R&D funding available via the SBRI scheme, to help catalyse new technology development that will lead to the procurement of innovative solutions
Economy Minister Edwina Hart said:
“We have very many smart, clever companies in Wales working across the sectors and this competition opens up opportunities for them to use their expertise, knowledge and technology to help solve some of the issues faced by the Welsh public sector. The competition stimulates R&D, encourages innovation and provides real business opportunities for companies in Wales to develop novel solutions for the benefit of Welsh public sector services.”
South Wales Police, Police and Crime Commissioner, Alun Michael said:
“For many years, as a Minister and as an MP, I grappled with the issues of Internet Governance and promoted partnership working between police, government and the industry, so I’m pleased that South Wales Police and Welsh Government are taking this initiative. Activity involving individuals, businesses and organisations in every sector has increased exponentially, year on year, so it’s essential for us to work together intelligently to combat the activities of bad people online. I applaud this initiative which has the potential to make a significant difference for the good of everyone.”
Forty-two companies attended an event held at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff recently, set up to provide those interested with an opportunity to fully understand the projects key objectives.
Companies who feel they have what it takes are invited to compete for a share of the funding available, but with this competition deadline being March 16, time is running out quickly.
To enter please visit: https://sbri.innovateuk.org/