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Proposal Number: 0711211
Proposal Title: Radiological Source Surveillance With V-RADS Video-Centric Radiatiion Detection
Topic Number: H-SB07.1-008
Phase: Phase I
Topic Title: Source Surveillance
Organization: Advanced Fuel Research, Inc.
Address: 87 Church Street
East Hartford, CT 06108-3728  
Abstract: Radiological sources are in everyday use in numerous industries. Illicit removal of this material from storage could result in construction of a Radiological Dispersal Device or "Dirty Bomb." A pervasive means of securing radiological materials and identifying breaches in security is required. Ideally, existing passive surveillance technology would be used, thereby enabling rapid and cost effective deployment. Advanced Fuel Research (AFR) & Vidiation LLC developed and are commercializing a software solution designed to reduce the likelihood of malicious use of radiological materials. Analytical software (Patent Pending) evaluates images from security cameras to search for the characteristic small "spots" that appear in images when a radiological source is nearby. Vidiation Radiation Analytics Detection System (V-RADS (Trademark)) software detects these image artifacts. The software's data capture and analysis routine feeds an alert messaging engine. When the software detects radiological sources, it sends alert messages using a variety of open protocols. Under the proposed Phase 1 project, V-RADS will be upgraded and integrated into existing security systems, providing an additional layer of protection against illicit removal of radiological material from storage sites. This technology can be installed on video surveillance systems at numerous traffic "choke-points" and at potential terrorism targets.
Award/Contract Number: HSHQDC-07-C-00103
Period of Performance: 09/25/2007 - 03/24/2008
Award/Contract Value: $149,627.00
Award/Obligated Amount: $149,627.00