ARKTIS Radiation Detection Systems has announced that the detailed design of its newest detection system presented to the Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency (DARPA) passed the Critical Design Review.
The new technology will provide a step change in capability over current nuclear detection systems on the market, at only a fraction of the cost, and has been designed by engineers at Arktis as part of its contract within DARPA’s SIGMA Program.
The new detectors being developed will be equipped with enhanced communication technologies. The new systems are designed to facilitate monitoring for nuclear and illicit radioactive materials over wide areas when networked, providing a detection capability far beyond that of protection technologies typically used today.. Arktis is preparing to mass produce their new detectors at the DARPA-required cost profile and is now gearing up for full-rate production with the first batch of 200 detection systems expected in 2016.
The production of these new systems comes at a time when governments and agencies across the world are becoming increasingly aware of the threats posed by terrorists with access to nuclear or radiological weapons such as dirty bombs. The new technologies being developed for DARPA aim to mitigate these threats.
Rico Chandra, Chief Executive of Arktis commented “To be working with an organisation that is focused on delivering transformational change in the security sector is a perfect fit for us. And the timing is right: In these times of geopolitical tensions we see an important opportunity to contribute substantially to a safer world for all.”
Arktis has been approached by prospective users of its technology to protect critical infrastructure. As pictured above, total coverage of an airport is achieved via a mix of static and mobile detection systems.
Simply elegant: Unlike conventional neutron detection technologies that exploit gas ionization, Arktis’ noble gas based detectors detect optical signals. Using high tech coatings, these signals are collected onto solid state light sensors mounted on printed circuit boards.
To learn more about Arktis products, visit http://www.arktis-detectors.com/products/security-solutions
To learn more about DARPA’s Sigma Program, visit http://www.darpa.mil/Our_Work/DSO/Programs/SIGMA.aspx
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About Arktis Radiation Detectors
Arktis Radiation Detectors develops and manufactures next generation systems that detect and identify radioactive and nuclear materials, contaminated cargo and other illicit materials. Founded in 2007, the company has developed proprietary advanced detection technology to create a range of products that enhance security and facilitate operations for customers and governments across the world. Arktis was the 2011 winner of the Global Security Challenge, and has since carried out work for US and UK authorities including the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the US Department of Defense (DoD), the UK Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) and the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Arktis Radiation Detectors is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland. http://www.arktis-detectors.com