Up to £300k will be spent on Phase 1 proof-of-concept projects, each with a nominal maximum value of £40k. Bids over this amount would not be immediately discounted but would have to demonstrate value in line with the cost.
The challenge from the Home Office
's Office for Security and Counter Terrorism (OSCT), is to improve the speed, efficiency and effectiveness of recovering and automatically analysing data from the seized digital devices of suspects under investigation.
The volume of digital information created and stored by people in the 21st century continues to increase rapidly. This has influenced how we live our lives and changed the way criminals commit crimes. This includes terrorist groups, organised crime groups and individuals acting alone. We know criminals use technology to plan and carry out crime, and police and other law enforcement agencies often need to seize digital media devices and access the data stored on them as part of their investigations to bring perpetrators to justice.
Interrogating seized devices is done under a robust legislative framework and data can only be searched if a device has been lawfully seized. Types of seized devices include desktop and laptop computers, tablets, mobile phones, games consoles, smart-watches and other devices that store digital information. The information contained on them then needs to be recovered and analysed to identify whether it is useful to an investigation. This commonly includes, but is not limited to, photos, documents or recent web searches.
Hence the requirement at Phase 1 is to prove the concept of innovative analytical tools, techniques and processes that can quickly recover and thoroughly analyse large volumes of digital data stored on a variety of devices. We are looking for solutions that provide a significant advance beyond the tools that are already commercially available.
This call for proposals on behalf of the Home Office will open on Monday 24 August, 2015. A Briefing document and Invitation to Tender will be published on the call launch date.
The call will close at noon on Wednesday 7 October, 2015.
Application Process and supporting downloads
This SBRI competition is run by Innovate UK on behalf of OSCT. All proposals must be submitted via the Innovate UK portal.
Open Date: 24th August 2015
Close Date: 7th October 2015
Registration closes: 30 September 2015
Contracts awarded: Up to £300,0000