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Further research funding pledged for radiation detection.

Vidiation : 22 October, 2007  (Company News)
Additional Homeland Security research funding to extend nuclear detection through video analysis to encompass MPEG-4 video standard.
The Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO), US Department of Homeland Security, has selected a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) proposal, "Radiological Source Surveillance With V-RADS Video-Centric Radiation Detection" from Vidiation and the company that originated the technology, Advanced Fuel Research, (AFR), for an award. The announcement was made today by Frank O'Connor, CEO, Vidiation.

According to Mr O'Connor, Vidiation and AFR submitted a proposal for an SBIR Phase 1 grant to add a new capability to Vidiation's recently launched Vidiation -- Radiation Analytics Detection System (V-RADS), a revolutionary, proven software-based gamma radiation detection technology that identifies radioactive materials by analyzing streams of surveillance video. "This grant allows us to adapt V-RADS to the MPEG-4 decoder to make it compatible with this newer video standard; provides for additional lab testing and validation at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL); and field testing at a Beta site," said Mr O'Connor.

"This is a very important step for our company as we develop what is essentially 'next-generation' radiation detection," said Dr. Eric Rubenstein, Vidiation's chief technology officer and inventor of V-RADS. "Video technology is changing rapidly; Vidiation must continue to innovate so that we develop new capabilities and enhancements that keep us at the forefront."

V-RADS has proved a "fast-track" product, following its initial testing at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre in New York in Fall, 2006, and subsequent validation of results through additional testing at US Department of Energy's ORNL this past summer. "We launched at ASIS International's Security show in Las Vegas a month ago," noted Mr O'Connor. "The response for V-RADS has been tremendous, illustrating not only a heightened awareness of the threat of 'dirty-bomb' terrorism, but the need for a cost-effective, pervasive grid solution that complements the array of other radiation detection systems on the market. V-RADS has three specific uses -- serving as a deterrent by providing continuous monitoring of places that store radiological materials for medical or industrial uses; as detector of radiological materials at transit "choke-points" if being moved; and as part of a 24/7 strategic defence in locations that may well be terrorist targets."
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