February 15, 2006
$1.6 million cargo scanner award
A cargo scanner that can tell the difference between a dirty bomb and kitty litter is getting nearer.
Passport Systems, Inc. announced today that it has successfully completed Phase 1A feasibility testing to develop and build an advanced cargo scanner system for the detection of weapons of mass destruction and other threats to security. As a result, a $1.6 million Phase 1B award has been granted by the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) of the Department of Homeland Security.
"With support from the Department of Homeland Security, we were able to conduct tests of our nuclear resonance fluorescence imaging technology. They verified the viability of our approach to develop a next generation scanning system," said Robert Ledoux, president and founder of Passport Systems. "We enter Phase 1B with an urgency to build a prototype scanner offering the highest level of detection and identification of concealed threats in containers for use by ports throughout the world."
Passport Systems' nuclear resonance fluorescence imaging (NRFI) automatically and rapidly detects the constituent elements of the contents of a cargo container, vehicle or suitcase. Deployable at any point of entry, such as borders, ports and airports, NRFI can identify the existence of nuclear devices, radiological or dirty bombs, explosives, chemical weapons and economic contraband.