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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: HSHQDC-08-C-00130
Agency Tracking Number: 711211
Amount: $314,748.34
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
87 Church Street, East Hartford, CT, 06108
DUNS: 021804661
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Eric Rubenstein
 (860) 528-9806
 ericr@AFRinc.com
Business Contact
 Michael Serio
Phone: (860) 528-9806
Email: mserio@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) 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.

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