The British government has applied the National Security Act to block a deal that would allow the Chinese company Beijing Infinite Vision Technology to license machine vision technology developed at Manchester University.
The Chinese company, which is positioning itself as an advanced developer of 3-D engineering and architectural visualization technologies, has sought a license from Manchester University for decisions by SCAMP-5 and SCAMP-7. The technology underlying it is intended for .The deal was blocked by the British Secretary of Enterprise, Energy and Industrial Strategy Quasi Quarteng.
In January, the British National Security and Investment Act entered into force, allowing the Government to cancel or restrict transactions for reasons of national security, which was recently used to suspend the sale of the Newport Wafer Fab of the Netherlands company Nexperia, owned by the Chinese.
The technology developers for SCAMP-5 and SCAMP-7 explained that it is based on an image pre-processing chip, which transmits only the necessary data to machine-view algorithms. The chip also measures the "flight time" for each pixel, which accelerates real-time mapping.
The authors of the project say that the technology they have developed can be used in a wide range of areas, ranging from toys and other consumer goods to military systems, especially for intelligence and rescue operations, and at Manchester University has already expressed a willingness to comply with the Government's decision.