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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: HSHQDC-07-C-00103
Agency Tracking Number: 711211
Amount: $149,627.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
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
DUNS: 021804661
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Eric Rubenstein
 Senior Physicist
 (860) 528-9806
 ericr@AFRinc.com
Business Contact
 Karin Dutton
Title: Manager, Contracts & Proposals
Phone: (860) 528-9806
Email: karin@AFRinc.com
Research Institution
N/A
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) and Vidiation LLC developed and are commercializing a software solution designed to reduce the likelihood of malicious use of radiological materials. Analytical software (Patent Pending) evaluates images from security cameras to search for the characteristic small spots that appear in images when a radiological source is nearby. Vidiation Radiation Analytics Detection System (V-RADS") software detects these image artifacts. The software s data capture and analysis routine feeds an alert messaging engine. When the software detects radiological sources, it sends alert messages using a variety of open protocols. Under the proposed Phase 1 project, V-RADS will be upgraded and integrated into existing security systems, providing an additional layer of protection against illicit removal of radiological material from storage sites. This technology can be installed on video surveillance systems at numerous traffic choke-points and at potential terrorism targets.

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