Commercialising our research

During the course of our work, DTA scientists and engineers develop technologies that have potential applications outside of the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF).

To enhance the value obtained from NZDF’s science and technology investment, and to maximise the impact derived from DTA’s work, we commercialise these technologies wherever possible.

To maximise the effectiveness of our commercial activities, we have recently partnered with:

NZDF moves to commercialise Defence Technology [NZDF website]
Our partnerships with UniServices [Uniservices website]
Examples of recent commercialisation projects are described below.

Diver Signature Evaluation System, Air Affairs Ltd

This tool for training divers to approach sea floor mines safely has been commercialised by Air Affairs Ltd.

The Diver Signature Evaluation System (DSES), has a mine-like body, and is able to:

  • monitor and report (in real time) the levels of various signatures from approaching divers
  • assess the likely outcome for known mine algorithms and respond appropriately
  • record data and video for training analysis.

The commercial version of the system, renames METRES (Maritime EOD – Explosive Ordinance Disposal – Training Ranging and Evaluation System), has been purchased by the US Navy.

Learn more about the Diver Signature Evaluation System and AAL [AAL website]

SAPIEN de-interleaving software, Ploughshare Innovation Ltd, UK

A significant and enduring electronic warfare problem is reliable, automatic and rapid classification of ‘threat’ radars. The key to good classification is separating and sorting the incoming streams of radar pulses from many radar sources – a technique called de-interleaving.

Working collaboratively, but with foreground IP ownership, DTA staff developed a mathematical technique, which brings high reliability and low cost to this particular class of de-interleaving problem.

The UK Ministry of Defence, through the Defence Science and Technology Laboratories-owned company Ploughshare Innovations Ltd, signed a licensing agreement with DTA. The SAPIEN algorithm has been transferred to specialist electronic warfare companies in the UK.

Today, a radar threat identification system manufactured by Teledyne of the UK and containing the SAPIEN algorithm, has been selected as an interim very low-cost fit for Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) ships.

Commander’s Console, Bluewater Systems Ltd

General Dynamics’ Sectera Secure Module encrypts both speech and data to provide secure communications over a variety of communications bearers, including standard telephone lines. However, set-up times can be lengthy under the stressful conditions in which they are frequently used.

The Commander’s Console system enables fast automated setup for an embedded Sectera unit. The Console is battery operated and is designed for use by first responders in the field until full communication facilities can be provided.

 Protector ESM Suite, MAROPS Ltd

The Protector ESM (Electronic Support Measures) Suite, known by the RNZN as RDS1000, is a radar detection and tracking system for patrol vessels.

It is similar in concept to the radar tracking systems found on larger military ships. However, it is highly automated and uses low-cost commercial hardware and software.

Final development and production of the units for Navy delivery was contracted out under license to a local company, MAROPS Ltd, with subcontractors or suppliers from New Zealand, Australia, the United States and Germany. THE ESM Suite is now in service with the RNZN Protector fleet.

Learn more about this sytem [MAROPS website]