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Vidiation advisory board recruits expert in radiological terrorism

Vidiation : 17 September, 2007  (Application Story)
New board member coincides with launch of radiation detection technology by Vidiation
Internationally renowned radiological terrorism expert Peter Zimmerman, PhD, has joined the board of advisors of Vidiation. The announcement comes just days before Vidiation launches its first homeland security radiation detection technology solution, Vidiation -- Radiation Analytics Detection System, V-RADS, at the ASIS International Show, Las Vegas.

"Dr. Zimmerman has been an important member of our team for over a year; having helped design tests performed at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center late last year and earlier this summer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory," said Vidiation CEO and co-president, Frank O'Connor. "His testing protocols, market information and subsequent analysis of results helped to define the V-RADS solution. We're honored he is joining us in Las Vegas for ASIS International."

'The potential use of radiological dispersal devices or RDDs, the so-called 'dirty bomb' threat, is a growing concern,' said Dr Zimmerman. 'We've so many potential threats to homeland security -- indeed, global security -- that the imminent threat of a 'dirty bomb' being constructed and detonated is often discounted. My recent research highlights that an attack using the ingestion, inhalation or immersion of radioactive material could kill hundreds of people and initiate wide-spread panic. These are serious problems to which V-RADS represents a very innovative approach. V-RADS's ability to 'layer' into an existing video surveillance network is unique and the fact that there are millions of existing video cameras installed in the United States alone, means that it is possible to create a pervasive grid of detection -- and likely a greater degree of security.'
Until recently, Dr Zimmerman served as Chair of Science & Security in the Department of War Studies at King's College, London and Director of the KCL Centre for Science & Security Studies. At King's his interests include nuclear terrorism, nuclear proliferation, and technical studies of debris in space caused by the use of space weaponry. He will shortly be accorded the title of Professor Emeritus.

Dr Zimmerman has served as chief scientist of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as Democratic Chief Scientist and as science advisor for arms control in the US State Department. His responsibilities at the Senate included nuclear testing, nuclear arms control, cooperative threat reduction, and bio-terrorism; he was principal architect of S-3121, the "Nuclear and Radiological Terrorism Threat Reduction Act of 2002," and organized the Foreign Relations Committee's hearing on "dirty bombs." He has written on "dirty bombs" and nuclear terrorism for the National Defense University, for Survival, Jane's Intelligence Review and Foreign Policy magazine as well as for The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Financial Times.
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