A secretive U.K. government organization and the former workplace of computing pioneer Alan Turing is opening its doors to collaborate with the private sector.
On Wednesday, His Majesty’s Government Communications Centre launched an initiative to work closely with technology companies and academic institutions on innovations that support national security.
HMGCC Co-Creation, launched in partnership with the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, seeks to solve the nation’s most pressing security problems.
“HMGCC Co-Creation is an incredibly important partnership and gives both HMGCC and Dstl a much wider reach to find and work hand-in-hand with the best minds in the industrial and academic community than was possible before to help tackle national security challenges,” said Paul Hollinshead, chief executive of Dstl.
HMGCC was established in 1938 and is currently located at Hanslope Park near Milton Keynes. It is known for technological breakthroughs such as keeping batteries charged in cold weather.
While working at HMGCC, Turing, who is credited for World War II by breaking the Enigma cypher, developed a world-first in speech encryption called Delilah.