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Vidiation counters dirty bomb threat with new detector

Vidiation : 12 September, 2007  (New Product)
Software based dirty bomb detector picks up radioactivity from surveillance video stream analysis
Vidiation is rolling out its software-based "dirty bomb" detection solution, Vidiation -- Radiation Analytics Detection System, or V-RADS. The V-RADS solution is a revolutionary, proven gamma radiation detection technology that identifies radioactive materials by analysing streams of surveillance video.
"This is an innovative, 'next-generation' radiation detection technology, and there is quite a bit of information to impart in order to build a framework of understanding for our solution," said Gordon Bingham, vice president of Marketing at Vidiation. "As a new technology -- really, a new dimension in the radiation detection field -- we must present not only the anti-terrorism role of Vidiation technology, but educate our target audiences as to the research and development process for V-RADS, the exacting testing and quantifiable results we found and what it means to our partners and end-users of our solution."
The company has included specific results on its Web site from the most recent testing round at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Tests proved V-RADS could detect varying amounts of the small quantities of radiological materials that can be used to create a "dirty bomb," and a table of amounts (in curies) and distances (in meters) from source to video camera, wherein detection occurred in less than 3 seconds, is presented.
"We feel it is important to illustrate the effectiveness of V-RADS against the threat of 'dirty bomb' terrorism, as well as present an overview of "real world" deployment scenarios where V-RADS can have an impact," noted Mr Bingham. The company has posted a video on the site that gives a vivid "what if" perspective, from the ability of V-RADS to help defend locations around the clock that either store or use radiological materials in seemingly innocuous settings to its ability to surveil transit "choke-points" through which most travel occurs and its omnipresent capability at locations that are likely terrorist targets, due to the pervasiveness of video surveillance at these venues. "V-RADS is an 'always present, always on' deterrent…and the more pervasive the deployment becomes across these strategic venues, the greater the degree of security we can achieve against the very real threat of radiological terrorism," he concluded.
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