Press Releases 2017

UWTSD students to showcase live design brief

07.06.2017

STUDENTS at University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Swansea College of Art have been set the task of creating a secure carrier for the South Wales Police drone.

The live design brief has seen them working closely with officers on the exciting project. And on Sunday, June 11 and Monday, June 12, visitors to the Swansea Waterfront Museum will be able to see the results in action. The students will join South Wales Police and Resource Group, one of the leading providers for drones, for a series of demonstrations to discover how they use drones to prevent crime and help the community in all sorts of new and interesting ways. The new design all-terrain prototypes to carry the drone equipment designed by the Product Design students, will also feature in their annual exhibition in the colonnade gallery.

Dr Sean Jenkins, Head of School of Design & Applied Arts at UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art said: “Every year, UWTSD Swansea College of Art’s Product Design students engage with real life design problems through the challenge of a ‘live’ project.  This year’s live project with South Wales Police has given them exactly that, a real live challenge!  The students have had to design a dedicated all terrain carrier and workstation for the Tactical Response Team who are increasingly using drones across a wide range of public safety scenarios.  Working closely with the Police, our students have had to respond to the very demanding and specific needs of these officers as they operate unmanned UAV’s or ‘drones’ in the line of duty.  The outcomes of this exciting project will be exhibited to the public at Swansea’s Waterfront Museum during a dedicated public awareness event on the 11th June and will be presented to senior officers on the 12th.  We hope that this will form the basis of many more collaborative design projects between the University and South Wales Police in the future.”

PC Craig Bannister who is from the South Wales Police Drone Project Team said: “From the outset here in South Wales Police we were excited with the prospect of what the talented students would come up with – and we were not disappointed. We are looking forward to the final demonstrations, which will bring these innovative ideas to life.

“Throughout this process the students have been engaging and asked probing questions to ensure they clearly grasped our needs. Indeed, as “customers” we have been very challenging to the students and therefore we believe the final products will provide the police with a robust and fit-for-purpose design. In addition, I would like to thank everyone who took part in the initiative and hope that we can utilise the students’ skills and concepts in the future.”

 

 

 

 

 

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