The UK government blocked a deal to license the University of Manchester’s vision-sensing technology for robots to China’s Beijing Infinite Vision Technology Company on national security grounds.
The university will not be able to license its SCAMP-5 and SCAMP-7 vision sensor technology to the Chinese firm after the market is blocked by the National Security and Investment Act of 2021.
As set out in final orderbusiness secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said the agreement has “dual-use applications” and that the university’s technology could be used in a way that “posed a national security threat to the United Kingdom”.
A spokesperson for the University of Manchester said UKTN: “We have thorough internal processes in place to review proposed international agreements.
“These were followed in this case and, in line with the legislation, we voluntarily submitted this agreement to the UK government. We will, of course, abide by the decision that has been made.”
The IS university website he says that “the SCAMP vision sensor does not output raw images, but the results of on-sensor calculations”.
He adds that the technology could be applied to robotics, VR, automotive, toys and surveillance.
Beijing Infinite Vision Technology Company Ltd is in contact with RATN for comments.
The University of Manchester’s Innovation Factory recently partnered with an angel investment network Manchester Angelsto support the region’s technology and life sciences.
The University of Manchester’s UK robot vision blocks a deal with a Chinese firm
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