Belfast's Kinsetsu installs tracking tech in two Royal Navy ships

  • Belfast-based tech firm, Kinsetsu has installed its ktrack technology onboard the Royal Navy's HMS Queen Elizabeth (QNLZ) and HMS Prince of Wales (PWLS).

    The tech is being tested to explore the system’s effectiveness on a real Royal Navy vessel and explore the human factors issues associated with souls on board wearing this radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology.

    Kinsetsu provides intelligent tracking solutions to help organisations automate and optimise tasks and services.

    Over the coming months, the ktrack trial is being conducted on both ships to build system functional data and capture operator and end user feedback until June 2022.

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    Information gathered will be used to shape a full requirement specification to Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) for future procurement.

    George Curtis, Project Manager of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory UK said "the trial and deployment will generate valuable operational feedback, while providing the Royal Navy with a practical interim personnel accounting solution.

    "It will be a significant enhancement to the safety of navy personnel, with potential for adoption on other vessels."

    Lieutenant Commander Glen Kerrigan, Capital Ships Weapon Engineer in the Royal Navy added that the project has "exceeded expectations".

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    "This capability is now providing positive evidence that technology can reduce the Risk to Life (RtL) of Souls on Board and is being used as the primary accounting method on HMS Queen Elizabeth for her global deployment Op Fortis," he continued.

    "To achieve this success on a strategic defence platform in a highly demanding environment is remarkable for any project; to get this far from a tech demo project is unheard of and has been the result of solid collaboration across defence organisations and suppliers."

    Kinsetsu was selected for this trial through a Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) competition.

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