Research projects that help pick out terrorists in crowds are being sought by the Home Office

The government is set to make £2 million available for research into how technology and behavioural science can be used to pick out potential terrorists among crowds.

A competition has been set up by the Home Office and the government’s Defence and Security accelerator with aid from the Royal Society in order to receive research proposals on how to tackle the threat of terrorist attacks that make use of weapons or explosives.

Security minister Ben Wallace noted that the fund is part of the government’s commitment to review its counter-terrorism strategy following the recent Manchester and London terror attacks.

“The threat from terror does not stand still so neither will we, which is why we are calling on the best and the brightest from the science and technology sector to come forward with their ideas and proposals to support our ongoing work to keep people safe,” he said.

Lucy Mason, head of the Defence and Security Accelerator, urged anyone with ideas on how technology cna be used to tackle terrorism to subint a proposal.

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