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C-UAS Technology Evaluations

Application window for C-UAS technology evaluations is now open

CPNI is the national technical authority for physical and personnel security. One of CPNI’s aims is to ensure that security products and systems continually evolve to meet the needs of the national infrastructure and crowded places, and that appropriate technology is able to be drawn upon to protect important sites. Developers and suppliers of counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS) technology have an important role to play through the provision of products and services that are effective, sustainable and lawful.

To help ensure that the national infrastructure has proven and reliable technology to protect itself from a wide range of threats, CPNI uses technical standards to provide a common goal between suppliers of equipment, government and owner/operators of sites. Where possible, CPNI will seek to use British, European or International standards but this is not always possible. Following extensive CPNI and HMG field trials/demonstrations of C-UAS equipment, CPNI has developed a new C-UAS standard and will evaluate mature and readily available equipment against this standard. Equipment that pass the evaluation will then be included into the CPNI Catalogue of Security Equipment (CSE), which is accessible by national infrastructure and provides a listing of a range of CPNI tested equipment. CPNI recommends the use of equipment from the CSE.

Companies may wish to note that there are two elements to the CPNI C-UAS standard:

  • Detect, track and identify (DTI)
  • Electronic effectors

Forthcoming testing and evaluation to the new CPNI standard will focus on DTI technology only.

Following CPNI’s industry engagement day on 23 January 2019, for manufacturers of C-UAS technologies, CPNI is now opening the application window for the companies that want to apply to have their products tested against the CPNI standard.

Who should apply?

Applications should be completed by manufacturers of C-UAS detection technologies, authorised resellers or C-UAS system integrators only. It is anticipated that products put forward for testing would have previously undergone extensive field tests/demonstrations by CPNI or other partner organisations.  

The application window is open from 4 February to 1 March 2019.

Only apply if you have a C-UAS product which can be provided to CPNI for testing during a 3 to 4 week period between May and September 2019. 

Application process

If you wish to register interest to have a C-UAS DTI system evaluated for inclusion in the CPNI CSE, please send an email to [email protected]. The email subject must state: “CPNI Standard Application Request” and you must provide the following information:

  • Named point of contact
  • Telephone
  • Email
  • Company Name
  • Address
  • Country Company is registered in
  • CUAS system name
  • Simple summary of system (i.e. data sheet, Web link etc)
  • Manufacturer and country of origin of the main system components

Once this information has been received CPNI will review the request and, if it is accepted, we will supply an application pack. Companies will be expected to review and select one of the deployment configuration options, and then provide an indicative layout of their C-UAS equipment within the option selected. Companies will have until Friday 1 March 2019 to submit their completed application pack, but are encouraged to submit their application as soon as possible. If you are unable to submit an application by this deadline, there will be another application window open in Autumn 2019. Should a company wish to be assessed against more than one deployment configuration, a separate application for each is required.

Applications will be assessed for their suitability to be evaluated and successful companies notified at the end of March 2019. If your application is unsuccessful, where possible, we will aim to provide as much feedback as feasible to support any future application.

Please note that incomplete or incorrectly completed forms will be rejected. Any questions regarding the application form should be sent to [email protected].

Evaluations of successful applicants will take place during a 3 to 4 week period between May and September 2019. The development of the evaluation schedule will be confirmed in consultation with the successful companies.

CPNI reserves the right to decline to issue application forms.

Confidentiality

In requesting an application pack, the company is acknowledging that they will be subject to CPNI checks to assess the company’s and product’s suitability for evaluation.

Following the successful completion of the necessary checks, an application pack will be issued. Companies are expected to treat the contents of the application pack as CPNI Confidential Information and not disclose this information in whole or in part to any third party without the express written permission of CPNI.

The application pack contains a Manufacturers Testing and Evaluation Agreement. This Agreement must be signed and returned to CPNI with the application in order for the product to be considered for evaluation. The application pack also contains CPNI confidential information and, by making an application, you are agreeing not to disclose any part of the completed application pack to a third party without the written consent of CPNI.

Any disclosure of CPNI confidential information to a third party may result in the company being prevented from participating in this or any future CPNI evaluations.