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Radiation detector and isotope identifier with built in surveillance triggers.

Splinternet : 26 March, 2008  (New Product)
GammaTect Plus provides sophisticated radiation detection and identification for preventing the storage and movement of materials for dirty bombs combined with alert system and camera triggers.
Splinternet Holdings has announced a highly sophisticated integrated gamma radiation detection sensor system called GammaTect Plus in the fight against the potential threat of dirty bombs.

The quantities of radioactive materials stored at commercial sites combined with relatively ineffective security standards make hospitals and irradiation facilities prime targets for those seeking ingredients for terrorism. Less than 100 curies of Caesium-137, widely used in cancer therapy machines or Cobalt 60, used to irradiate food, combined with explosives could result in a radiological dispersal device (RDD). Detonated in New York’s Grand Central Station, it would cause maximum economic and psychological disruption and require years of radioactive shrapnel cleanup before the landmark transportation hub could be safely used again.

GammaTect Plus is designed to be strategically deployed at radioactive storage sites, seaports, airports, government buildings, military installations, power plants and border crossings. It links into Splinternet’s DefenTect management, monitoring and alerting system.

Scintillator-based, GammaTect Plus enables real-time alerts and gamma radiation isotope identification in an unattended perimeter or portal network. If threat-level high energy gamma violations occur, a series of photographs are taken by integral digital cameras. During a high radiological count event, photos, isotope ID and date are sent to a remote command centre, triggering an alarm. System administrators can designate alerts to be triggered to PDAs, cell phones, pagers or other mobile clients.

GammaTect Plus combines passive surveillance with active alarms and can be set to ignore medical or other benign environmental isotopes. Even high radiation areas may be monitored since the system automatically subtracts predictive background radiation. Set in “patient mode,” individuals undergoing medical treatments pass without triggering innocent alarms.

“Splinternet is committed to creating a critical part of the protection network against radiological terrorism,” said James Ackerly, CEO of Splinternet. “GammaTect Plus is a next generation radiological detection system that we are accelerating to market.”

Developed by JRT Calibration Services and re-architected by Splinternet, GammaTect Plus combines sensors with audio and visual alarms and charge coupled device cameras that can be connected to remote locations. GammaTect Plus samples the environment every millisecond for the detection and identification of gamma emitting isotopes. Logs of each violation including time, date, isotope ID and photo are automatically transmitted to a remote command station for alerting and permanent record keeping.

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