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Splinternet dirty bomb detector to use Vidiation software.

Vidiation : 11 December, 2007  (Application Story)
Video based radiation detection software to be deployed in Splinternet system for the detection of radiation disbursement devices.
Splinternet Holdings is entering the anti-terrorism market with a new radiation detection device and monitoring system which will provide early warning of the presence of radioactive materials of the type feared to be usable in dirty bombs.

Together with its development of a networked radiation detection device, Splinternet has entered into a cross-licensing and selling agreement with privately-held Vidiation, a development-stage company with a revolutionary technology to identify radioactive materials by analysing streams of data from video surveillance systems. Vidiation launched its Vidiation-Radiation Analytics Detection System or V-RADS at the Autumn 2007 ASIS conference, and plans to enter the market shortly.

Vidiation is the developer of a software-based technology that detects the presence of radiation when it comes in range of a video surveillance camera. The gamma rays from threats such as "dirty bombs" strike an image sensor in the camera causing a detectable pattern of interference. As the data from the camera is examined by Vidiation's V-RADS software, this radiation pattern is detected and an ALERT is sent to the designated monitoring station. This is strictly a software solution, which doesn't require modification to the cameras.

The Splinternet device is more sensitive than the software/video camera solution, but it does not provide a video image of the monitored site, as the Vidiation system does. The two systems are wholly compatible and complementary.

Vidiation's software solution dovetails with Splinternet's existing VoIP infrastructure, and requires no additional commitment of capital or retrofitting of Splinternet's existing network. By leveraging its VoIP expertise, Splinternet has developed a small hardware-based radiation detection device to work in conjunction with Vidiation's software by functioning as a smart networked radiation detection node. Like Splinternet's VoIP solution, the combined Splinternet/Vidiation products will network using Ethernet technology and will be managed via a local LAN or the World Wide Web.

Splinternet's President, James Ackerly said, "Splinternet and Vidiation have each developed ways to monitor large areas for the existence of gamma ray-emitting substances, and the realization that our two techniques are helpful to each other, rather than competitive has led us to the new business arrangement we are announcing today. We are pleased to enter the 'War on Terrorism' in this way, as the availability of wide area detection systems will serve as a deterrent to those who would hope to sneak a Dirty Bomb into an economically or politically strategic location. We have been attracted to the anti-terrorism space for some time and believe that with Vidiation we have a compelling entry into the market. We believe there is significant demand worldwide for this service, which offers customers a new layer of protection from improper transport of high energy materials."

Ackerly continued, "We have tested the prototype combined system in real-world medical facilities and are pleased with the results. We will work with Vidiation toward achieving government validation, which we expect will be realized in early 2Q08, at which time we plan to begin aggressively selling the systems. In fact, the US Government has budgeted over $1 billion in 2007 for radiation detection systems, but it is reported that they are dissatisfied with the existing solutions. We believe our combined offering will have a significant impact in the radiation detection market. We are excited about this new product offering and plan to continue our strategy of targeting partnerships and acquisitions with innovative product offerings that can make use of our management and our network expertise."
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