Covert Evidential Footage

UK Law Enforcement Agency (LEA) officers in covert Surveillance Teams (STs) and Armed Response Units (ARUs) must follow national guidelines, which mandate the recording of first-person audio-visual (AV) footage leading up to an armed arrest and all subsequent overt actions. While overt AV recording methods like body-worn cameras are well understood, covert recording at the 'Amber' status (pre-arrest authorisation) is more challenging. UK Law Enforcement seeks to find solutions for discreetly capturing AV evidence in pre-arrest, arrest, and post-arrest situations.


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This project will last for 12 weeks with an indicative budget of £60k (ex VAT) per solution provider, with higher budget allowances considered for consortiums.

Responding to NSTIx OpTech Co-Creation

The National Security Technology and Innovation Exchange (NSTIx) is a government-led science, technology and innovation partnership that enables coherent and agile delivery of innovative national security outcomes through a co-ordinated and systematic approach to research and capability development.

NSTIx has established a government-led network of themed Co-Creation Spaces (CCS). The CCS’ combine the respective power of specialist public and private sector partners in research, capability development and end user requirements. This supports the development of effective, user-driven technology at pace in areas that are critical to national security. For more information, please see the ‘NSTIx Leaflet’ in digital form ( leaflet). 

Op Tech Co-Creation (OCCS) has engaged with a network of key Community Collaborators, to accelerate and leverage access to their existing networks of industry and academic Solution Providers. 

By responding to this Challenge (details provided in ‘Solution Provider Proposals – ‘our ask’ section) and participating in Co-Creation there is an exciting opportunity for collaboration between National Security, Community Collaborators and Solution Providers. 

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