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Our industry experts share their latest perspectives on how businesses can succeed through bringing innovations to life.

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Protecting children from online harms - how AI can pave the way to a safer internet

Roke is proud to be actively engaged in the fight against Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) through its delivery of the pioneering Vigil AI CAID Classifier to the law enforcement community. The Vigil AI CAID Classifier is a powerful technology which uses AI to detect and categorise the severity of Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM), including material that is previously unknown (i.e., undiscovered) and deepfake CSAM.

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How the UK Government can evolve to embrace artificial intelligence (AI) ethically

The UK Government has been clear in its approach to implementing a pro-innovation approach to AI regulation, and last year released a paper on its policy on ‘ambitious, safe and responsible’ delivery of AI-enabled capability in #Defence. But how can it be done ethically while still retaining competitiveness and battlespace domination?

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How the UK can counter drone and missile attacks

It's clear that as technology advances, reference to drone and missile attacks and the lines between the two concepts are blurring. With deep expertise in radar, electronic warfare, signals processing and emerging sensor technologies, Roke is a leading contributor to UK defence technology. We are committed to supporting the UK in critical areas such as anti-missile defence.

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Robots at scale - what does the future of autonomy look like?

What does the future of autonomy look like? We see a tension between different models of uncrewed vehicles: high-value, high-capability singletons vs commoditised systems at massive scale. This paper makes the argument for robots at scale and digs into some of the surprising reasons why that’s hard to achieve.

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Empowering Human Robot Collaboration - how it can enhance situational awareness

This paper explores Roke’s pioneering approach to Human- Robot Collaboration (HRC) and Augmented Reality (AR) for enhanced situational awareness and decision-making. By integrating advanced technologies like AR overlays and the Sensorium platform, we empower tactical decision makers with real-time insights and optimised resource utilisation.

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Combining the physical and digital - how to achieve information superiority

To fully understand the world, we need to bring together the physical and the digital. Only by doing so can we accelerate and expand our ability to make sense of the world, to combat disinformation, and to control the environment. In this paper we explore the challenges, and look at how autonomy, AI and common tasking frameworks all help achieve a unified understanding.

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The Roke Sensorium - how to enable better decision making

This paper highlights Roke's pioneering approach to enabling better decision-making by leveraging the power of the Sensorium.

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Autonomous squads vs swarms - which will the future be built on?

Will large swarms of small robots dominate future military campaigns? We want to challenge that perception.

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Why upgrading your technology and business is key to attaining Net-Zero energy

Net zero will be attained when the amount of greenhouse gas emitted into the atmosphere is no more than the amount taken away. While there is consensus on the implications of attaining net zero, which is seen as the best way to tackle climate change by reducing global warming, a broader view of attaining net zero extends beyond removal of greenhouse gas (GHG).

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Understanding Foundation Models

In the government’s recent integrated review, a task force was announced to bring together government and industry to develop the UK’s AI (Artificial Intelligence) capabilities with a particular focus on foundation models and large-language models. In this article we will explain the basics of foundation models, how they can be used, and where Roke is working in this field.

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Celebrating Ada Lovelace day – the first computer programmer?

What do a NVIDIA GPU, a character in Doctor Who, a cryptocurrency and the second Tuesday in October all have in common? Answer: They are all named after and dedicated to Ada Lovelace.

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Balancing privacy and proportionality in UK policing

Data is an integral part of the UK police community’s ability to operate. Whilst Machine Learning (ML) applications within this area are in their infancy, the use of algorithms to support decision making needs considered democratic oversight and expansive public engagement to ensure confidence in appropriate use of data. In this paper, our Futures Senior Consultant, Simon investigates.

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Supporting the most important change to expanding and accessing NHS services in our time

The NHS app is connecting integrated care systems with healthcare providers and patients like never before. But it’s critical that patient data be safeguarded during the service’s journey towards digitalisation. Mike Hobby, our Digital Health Client Manager discusses the importance of trust and security.

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Digital superiority and artificial intelligence - how to achieve it?

Tune in as our Innovation Director, James Luke discusses who will take pole position in the race for digital superiority, the answer may surprise you! In this presentation, James shares his stories of how innovation has transformed the way we live, work and play.

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Banking on security: Protecting digital assets

Digital assets are becoming increasingly valuable as we live more of our lives online. One example is the rapid rise of thousands of different cryptocurrencies, which have provided opportunity for investors, but have in turn opened up new challenges. Our Industry Client Manager, Simon discusses how these valuable assets can be protected.

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Digital car keys: Cracking automotive cryptography

When is a key not a key? Graeme, a Cyber expert at Roke discusses the evolution of the car key, and how new, digital innovations within the automotive industry bring convenience to manufactures and drivers, but also pose new security risks.

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Cyber resilience: Protecting the COVID-19 vaccine supply chain

With distribution of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in full flow in the UK, the world begins to breathe a sigh of relief. But after such a ground-breaking achievement, it's critical that efforts are made to ensure the immunisation programme is secure from malicious activity.

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Deepfakes: Curbing the spread of misinformation

Improved technology and the always-online world we live in means it’s becoming increasingly more difficult to judge if the media we consume is sincere or genuine. Deepfakes, which are synthetic or fake videos that are generated using artificial intelligence, are a common sight on the internet.

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Data assurance: Automation and exploitation

In the second article of our data assurance series covering law enforcement data challenges, we discuss how to use technology to manage large amounts of data to enable investigators to focus their efforts on getting results.

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Defending the future

The world is constantly changing, which brings not just new opportunities and improvements, but unfortunately new threats and vulnerabilities.

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How is crime changing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic?

The coronavirus pandemic has, and is continuing to affect the whole world. But what might all this mean for the future of crime?

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Police data – a reliable witness or a potential suspect?

In an era of fake news, scrutinising the accuracy of information is an everyday activity, and the law enforcement community is finding itself increasingly dependent on data to provide reliable evidence for prosecution.

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Future shock: Predicting future technologies and their impact

At Roke we often get called upon to help customers second guess what kind of technologies are around the corner and how they might impact upon their organisations, missions and lives.

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Situational awareness in the information age

In the information age, it’s acknowledged that Situational Awareness cannot be achieved in isolation; a common and coherent intelligence picture needs to be maintained at both the strategic and tactical level.

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Lockdown: Behavioural threats in a COVID-19 world

The threats we face from COVID-19 are not only biological. Due to our disrupted routines, we grant new opportunities to cyber criminals.

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The geography of innovation

Innovation is constantly evolving. Understanding the tremendous pace of innovation and, specifically, where that innovation is geographically located is crucial to anticipating upcoming technologies and associated business needs.

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Can we trust machine learned models to keep our secrets?

Machine Learned (ML) models learn through generalising patterns in data. Can we trust these to keep their training data secret, or is there a risk that this data could be inadvertently leaked to an adversary?

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Cyber resilience and the UK’s evolving Smart City ecosystem

Potential cyber attacks pose a systemic risk to the UK as our cities evolve into smart cities. But what really constitutes cyber resilience in an ecosystem of smart cities?

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5G: Taking law enforcement to the next generation

New technology means new benefits and challenges for law enforcement agencies who need to harness the power of digital to protect the communities they serve.

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Artificial intelligence and law enforcement

AI has the potential to transform how law enforcement organisations operate, allowing targeted interventions, the ability to identify potential offenders proactively and effectively, to predict crime hotspots, and to analyse CCTV images.

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The virtual “Vision” of the future

Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) have been big players within the gaming industry for several years. VR creates an artificial 3D environment, stimulating the senses to create an immersive experience. Current platforms operate in vision and hearing, but new advances in haptic suits could soon extend to include touch and smell.

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