The idea for such a device has been around for some time. Recently a group of like minded organisations based across Europe formed a plan to develop such a device for the benefit of the crash repair industry.  This led to an approach to the European Union to help fund the project.  It was agreed under the EU 7th Framework directive that the project should go ahead and shortly before Christmas 2011 this Two Year project began to take shape.
The Consortium contains NDT (non destructive testing) specialists amongst Auto Industry professionals and includes a University specialising in Ultrasound techniques and a welding research centre.