Vehicle that can detect radioactive threats among new technology arising from US-Singapore collaboration


Radioactive threats can be displayed on a “real time street view” as this truck moves around the island.

It is the prototype of a radiological multisensor analysis platform system – that Singapore worked with the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to develop last year.

This is one of many successful collaborations between the Home Team and US DHS, said Home Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam on Monday (July 10). He was speaking at the opening of the Home Team science and technology exhibition and conference for homeland security at the Home Team Academy.

This also marks 10 years of cooperation with the US DHS, which has shared its expertise, collaborated in trials, and co-developed capabilities with Singapore.

These technologies are used to protect borders, infrastructure, helping to detect chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive (CBRNE) threats, he said.

Besides the vehicle with sensors and 3D-mapping technology, the authorities also tested the radiological analysis system at land and sea checkpoints.

“The system was able to screen passenger vehicles, cargo containers, and conduct searches for threats in urban areas,” said Mr Shanmugam.

He added: “It has, in our view, the potential to become an incredibly valuable tool to counter nuclear smuggling and terrorism.”

Other capabilities which have since been rolled out in Singapore include a sentinel puffer portal – now deployed at all land and sea checkpoints. Continue reading.