INL News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov. 21, 2006
Media Contact: Ethan Huffman, (208) 526-0660
INL's Explosives Detection System to be installed at U.S. Air Force base
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Idaho National Laboratory (INL) today announced that its award-winning Idaho Explosives Detection System (IEDS) was shipped to Ohio's Wright-Patterson Air Force Base this month for field testing. The IEDS is designed to identify the presence of smuggled explosives hidden in cargo trucks that could potentially enter the base. During the field tests, INL will use this opportunity to prove the effectiveness, ease of use and value of such an explosives detection system.
"Deployment of IEDS technology is a remarkable accomplishment and has the potential to be licensed for commercial production and installation at embassies and border crossings worldwide – making everyone safer," said Jeff Klinger, DOE's INL program manager. "Five years ago, the IEDS was just a concept on paper and today, INL has produced a functioning system that will be used to protect the lives of our citizens and soldiers."
With INL's IEDS system in place, trucks entering the base will be required to stop within the system's inspection zone. After the driver exits the vehicle, the IEDS inspects the cargo truck using two high-energy generators which unobtrusively cause materials inside the truck to excite and emit gamma rays. Detectors attached to the IEDS analyze the gamma rays and determine if explosives are present. Once the system completes the inspection process, the vehicle and products inside are left with no residual impact.
In October 2005, IEDS and its inventors were honored by the Washington, D.C.-based Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation for developing a cutting-edge homeland security innovation. The development of this system has been funded by the Air Force since 2002.
INL is one of the U.S. Department of Energy's 10 multi-program national laboratories. The laboratory performs work in each of the strategic goal areas of DOE – energy, national security, science and environment. More specifically, INL is the nation's leading center of nuclear energy research and development.