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DHS looking into pocket-sized radiation detectors

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) announced the award of Intelligent Personal Radiation Locator (IPRL) program contracts, totaling about $22 million, to General Electric Global Research of Niskayuna, NY, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory of Livermore, CA, and Smiths Detection of Pasadena, CA. These competitive, 27-month contracts are for the development and testing of advanced pocket-sized radiation detection prototypes.

The IPRL program serves to develop technologies that autonomously detect the source of radiation and reliably discriminate between normally occurring radioactive materials, background, and potential threats. IPRL systems will have the capability for determining the direction, flux, energy, and isotope of detected radiation, as well as the location and orientation of the alarm.

“IPRL systems show real promise for the security and safety of first responders, border patrol agents, customs and Coast Guard officers, and other law enforcement personnel,” said Vayl S. Oxford, DNDO director. “Homeland Security personnel and first responders will know in real time if they confront a security or safety risk from a device that fits in the palm of their hand.”

DNDO is a jointly staffed, national office established to improve the nation’s capability to detect and report unauthorized attempts to import, possess, store, develop, or transport nuclear or radiological material for use against the nation, and to further enhance this capability over time.



Published in Public Safety IT, Nov/Dec 2006

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