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Iceni Labs targets SOF operators with ‘sense through the wall’ technology

Iceni Labs will be exhibiting at 3CDS (stand #2) 3-4th November, 2021

LONDON, UK, 3 November, 2021: Iceni Labs is positioning itself to support Special Operations Forces (SOF) with its SafeScan ultra-wideband radar technology system and DUELIST Situational Awareness for Small Units solution, as it looks to improve intelligence for close combat, room clearance and hostage response operations in urban areas.

SafeScan, developed under UK Defence and Security Accelerator Rapid Impact contract funding, is a handheld sensor that uses ultra-wideband radar to detect static and moving individuals through the wall, providing operators with easily understood visuals that allow them to quickly react to developing situations. It can be used as a stand-alone solution, or integrated into the wider DUELIST system.

With SafeScan at its core, DUELIST integrates data visualisation, sensor and user interface technologies into a software platform that can build an integrated visual representation of the dismounted battlespace for small unit manoeuvre elements. SafeScan’s ‘sense-through-the-wall’ radar technology is fused with inertial measurement unit motion detection and occupancy mapping technologies to build a 3D volumetric local map of the users’ track and local environment.

Presented on a connected smartphone or tablet, the map shows the user – in real time – their surroundings, their location within it, the physical makeup of their surroundings, position of friendlies and threats, and provides the ability to detect and interpret target movement patterns to identify threats. Multiple individual tracker units worn by operators, animals or drones, can also be integrated to produce a more comprehensive map of the area, also in real time.

SafeScan has received significant interest within the SOF market since its launch, and is undergoing trials with multiple users throughout 2021.

“We have reached the end of our latest trials cycle and continue to see extremely compelling results from SafeScan, along with strong interest from SOF operators,” Alex Giles, Chief Commercial Officer, Iceni Labs, said. “Together, SafeScan and DUELIST delivers actionable intelligence on the immediate operating vicinity – including what lies on the other side of a closed door or wall – closing a critical surveillance gap for elite SOF forces, counter-terror operators and SWAT teams.”

Iceni Labs will be demonstrating SafeScan, DUELIST and the combined intelligence output they deliver on stand (#2) at 3CDS on 3-4 November 2021.

Image: The Iceni Labs SafeScan system.

About Iceni Labs: Founded in 2013, Iceni Labs is committed to developing and deploying cutting-edge technologies and science to build a safer and more secure tomorrow. Within defence, we work to develop technology that enables personnel to identify individuals through opaque structures without the requirement to physically enter in person or with surveillance equipment. The common thread of our technologies is how they reflect our commitment to developing science and technologies for greater human security. From our facilities in London, Dundee and Southam we operate globally to deliver Mission Critical Science for a safer tomorrow. For more info visit

Media contact: For more information contact Claire Apthorp +44 (0) 7920403068 /

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