Regional development agency One NorthEast has provided £2.1m of funding to research the development of lifesaving electronic and communications equipment that will operate in extreme conditions.
Scientists at Newcastle University are studying the effectiveness of such electronic technology and the possibility of it being developed in the north east region.
The School of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering (EECE) will unveil its findings to industry experts at the Extreme Technologies: Solutions for Harsh Environments event held by Newcastle University on 22 October 2008.
The event is expected to provide opportunities to discuss funding and development grants to allow for further progress.
Kim Wong, innovation senior specialist at One NorthEast, believes that the project will prove significant to the development of the region. He said: ‘It will attract other research and development activities in the area of advanced materials, strengthening our position as a leader within the field.’
Hundreds of jobs could be created if the region is able to secure the production of the technology.
Prof Nick Wright, pro vice-chancellor of the Research and Innovation Department at Newcastle University, believes the core technologies created in the department are ready to be used by commercial industries.
One NorthEast and Newcastle University have been working together to select possible markets for the equipment.