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28 November 2023

Daily Newsletter

28 November 2023

Signal: UK industry partnership to develop AI-based solutions for defence

The planned capability development is intended to enable rapid validation of algorithms and prototype technologies in a range of areas.

Richard Thomas November 28 2023

Spatial computing company Hadean and AI solutions provider Faculty AI will team up and accelerate the advancement of AI integrations for defence, security, and national or international governance.

According to a 27 November release by Hadean, the collaboration marks “a significant milestone in harnessing the power of live and synthetic data to propel innovation” and support the global customer base.

Hadean added that the agreement aimed to leverage expertise in developing AI-driven solutions, and AI-powered spatial computing technology to exploit synergies and develop capabilities. As Open AI’s first implementation partner, Faculty AI will bring experience of AI-related solutions, while Hadean has a standing relationship with the UK Ministry of Defence and British Army in areas such as training.

The partnership will combine Faculty AI’s experience of developing and deploying AI models onto UAVs “and other edge devices” with the Hadean Platform to leverage on a large-scale synthetic environment that can simulate immersive and complex scenarios, the company stated.

The planned capability development is intended to enable rapid validation of algorithms and prototype technologies in areas such as subject identication, object tracking, autonomous swarming development, and more.

Describing AI as an “epoch-defining technology”, head of defence at Faculty AI, Andrew Van Der Lem, said it would help the UK operate “quicker and more intelligently” than its adversaries.

“This partnership between two industry leaders will offer new services to public and private sector clients, whilst fundamentally rethinking how AI can impact operations,” Van Der Lem added.

AI in short-term dip over long-term increase

According to GlobalData analysis, the global aerospace, defence and security industry experienced a 46% drop in company filings mentions of AI in Q3 2023 compared with the previous quarter. However, US-based AI leader Lockheed Martin recorded an increase of AI mentions in filings of 700% in Q3 2023 compared with Q3 2022.

In addition, GlobalData’s Company Filings Analytics also applies sentiment weight to reference sentences, based on whether the sentences are positive, negative, or neutral. Starting at 100 in 2020, an index over 100 is more positive. The overall index for artificial intelligence in Q3 2023 was 110.

Our signals coverage is powered by GlobalData’s Thematic Engine, which tags millions of data items across six alternative datasets — patents, jobs, deals, company filings, social media mentions and news — to themes, sectors and companies. These signals enhance our predictive capabilities, helping us to identify the most disruptive threats across each of the sectors we cover and the companies best placed to succeed. 

Internet of Things (IoT) in Defense

The applications of IoT in defense are wide-ranging and include health monitoring, AR remote training, gaining situational awareness using drones, vehicle management, target recognition, and many more. For instance, smart sensors can be used on military equipment to give data on their health and whether maintenance is needed. This helps reduce operating costs and downtime for military equipment as the sensor can predict when a breakdown is imminent. However, the proliferation of IoT has also brought up security concerns.

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