BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Innovative American Technology Inc. has designed an advanced radiological isotope identification system scheduled for field-testing in September. The Radiation Threat Identification System (RTIS) can identify trace levels of radiological materials. The RTIS offers much-needed advancements for a wide variety of homeland security applications such as port and border security and strategic asset protection
The identification of radiological materials is a substantial technological leap for port security and other homeland defense applications. Current systems only detect the presence of radiological materials and experience high false positive rates. That means benign items that naturally emit radioactivity -- including ceramic tile, granite, porcelain toilets, even bananas -- can set off the monitors, causing substantial impacts to the flow of goods and to port security. "With an accurate identification of the goods and the ability to differentiate between normally occurring radiological materials and hazardous materials, the RTIS system enables an efficient and effective means for port security," reports David Frank, president of IAT.
The sensors provided by the RTIS are rugged and can be deployed in aggressive environments. This allows for a distributed sensor system and increased deployment areas in addition to the conventional radiation portal monitor positions. Sensors can be deployed in arrays for both covert and visible installations. This broad sensor deployment capability provides more exposure time for detection and identification of dangerous materials such as Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU).
The control system for the RTIS provides a plug-and-play environment for the radiation sensors and a modular expansion capability to address small-, medium- and large-scale configurations. Additional sensors are planned for chemical, biological and remote explosives detection that can be deployed on the same control system.
"The real power of the distributed sensor system from Innovative American Technology is the revolutionary pattern recognition capability. This patented artificial intelligence system can learn the spectroscopic signature of radiation, chemical, biological and explosive materials for rapid recognition of trace levels," says Dr. John Caulfield, chief technology officer of IAT.
The RTIS is scheduled for field-testing in September and to be offered for improved support of homeland defense, military and commercial applications in the first quarter of 2006. According to the DHS Budget-In-Brief, the administration requested a total of $49.9 billion for homeland security across the entire federal government in GFY 2006.
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