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Vidiation unveils dirty bomb detector at ASIS

Vidiation : 24 September, 2007  (New Product)
Radiation detection using video surveillance systems forms the basis for a technology that uses cameras to detect dirty bombs in public places
Vidiation has launched Vidiation -- Radiation Analytics Detection System (V-RADS), a revolutionary, proven gamma radiation detection technology that identifies radioactive materials by analysing streams of surveillance video, earlier today during a press conference at ASIS International 2007. The company states V-RADS is an important new line of defence against the unlawful possession or transport of source materials and, ultimately "dirty bomb" attacks.

It is estimated 60-90 curies (Ci) of radiological material is all that is needed to build a "dirty bomb." Beyond the immeasurable human suffering that would occur if there were a "dirty bomb" detonation, the NRC and EPA have estimated it could cost $100 billion to clean up, and trigger business interruption losses of up to $1 trillion. In the US alone there are thousands of sites that store or use radiological materials in medical, industrial or manufacturing settings that can be used for the construction of a "dirty bomb," with many of these locations relatively unprotected.
V-RADS uses information generated when high-energy gamma rays and particles interact with the image sensors of security cameras; its proprietary algorithms and expert system analyze data and identify radiation that may pose a security threat. V-RADS combines passive surveillance and active alerts in its subscription-based software, and is built to avoid the common pitfalls of "false positive" alerts. V-RADS is easily integrated with the full complement of CCTV security systems, from stand-alone to enterprise-level solutions, and is designed to "layer" into existing video-based surveillance systems with no modifications to customers' video cameras.

According to Eric Rubenstein, PhD, Vidiation's chief technology officer, co-president and inventor of Vidiation technology, "The technology has undergone comprehensive testing at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City last fall, and this past summer at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Results validated the ability of V-RADS to detect the small quantities of radiation needed to construct a 'dirty bomb' in various amounts, and at different distances and angles. Most detection occurs within one to three seconds."

Keith Reynolds, vice president of business development, said "Vidiation has identified potential market sectors for V-RADS, ranging from primary storage sites of radiological materials such as hospitals, DOD and Government facilities; Oil/Energy exploration; food irradiation; utilities and non-destructive evaluative radiography; radioactive material or weapon transit detection points -- border entries; mass transit hubs; transit infrastructure such as bridges and toll booths, ports and private facilities such as truck stops, marinas and gas stations -- and 'dirty bomb' targets, including commercial buildings, shopping malls, sports venues, entertainment centres, landmarks and tourist sites, critical infrastructure and economic sites and governmental/military locations."

Frank O'Connor, CEO and co-president, noted, "Vidiation's participation in ASIS International officially marks the start of our sales effort; we anticipate delivering the V-RADS solution to customers in early 2008."
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