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Radiological Source Surveillance With V-RADS Video-Centric Radiatiion Detection

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Homeland Security
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
83570
Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
711211
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Advanced Fuel Research, Inc.
87 Church Street East Hartford, CT 06108-3728
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Radiological Source Surveillance With V-RADS Video-Centric Radiatiion Detection
Agency: DHS
Contract: HSHQDC-08-C-00130
Award Amount: $314,748.34
 

Abstract:

Radiological sources are in everyday use in numerous industries. Illicit removal of this material from storage could result in construction of a Radiological Dispersal Device or "Dirty Bomb." A pervasive means of securing radiological materials and identifying breaches in security is required. Ideally, existing passive surveillance technology would be used, thereby enabling rapid and cost effective deployment. Advanced Fuel Research (AFR) developed and is commercializing a software solution designed to reduce the likelihood of malicious use of radiological materials. Analytical software (U.S. Patent number 7,391,028) evaluates images from security cameras to search for the characteristic small "spots" that appear in images when a radiological source is nearby. AFR's Radiation Event Detection System: Tracking And Recognition (RedStar (TM)) software detects these image artifacts. The software's data capture and analysis routines feed an alert messaging engine. When the software detects radiological sources, it sends alert messages using a variety of open protocols. Under the Phase 1 project, RedStar data flexibility was upgraded and tested at Hartford Hospital. During the week-long test, it detected the radiation source each time it was used, detected the source while it was still in its shielded container, and produced zero false alarms.

Principal Investigator:

Eric P. Rubenstein
8605289806
ericr@AFRinc.com

Business Contact:

Michael A. Serio
8605289806
mserio@AFRinc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Advanced Fuel Research, Inc.
87 Church Street East Hartford, CT 06108

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No