INL News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 11, 2007
News media contact: Ethan Huffman, (208) 521-0370
NEWS EDITORS NOTE: INL will showcase the concealed weapons detector during a media event on April 11 from 1 to 3 p.m. The technology will be demonstrated at the Idaho Innovation Center, 2300 North Yellowstone Highway, Idaho Falls.
International collaboration enhances INL's concealed weapons detector
International collaboration between the U.S. Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory, scientists from the former Soviet Union and General Electric has led to the development of new magnetic sensors that will enhance the capabilities of the INL-developed concealed weapons detector.
The detector uses 16 passive magnetic sensors to replicate the Earth's ambient magnetic field. As contraband items pass through the field, they are rapidly detected and their location is pinpointed on a computer monitor. This immediate identification makes it easier for security guards to search an individual and identify and remove dangerous items. The detector can precisely locate items ranging from razor blades to handguns.
With the new, more powerful sensors developed in Russia, the detector can be installed in a double-door configuration and used to scan multiple people simultaneously. INL and the former Soviet Union are also working to develop sensors capable of detecting nonmetallic weapons and liquids. The first-generation concealed weapons detector has been installed nationwide in courthouses, federal buildings and high schools. It is marketed and sold by Maryland-based View Systems, Inc.
The partnership that led to the development of the more powerful sensors is part of the DOE's Global Initiatives for Proliferation Prevention (GIPP) program that provides the opportunity for foreign Cold War-era weapons scientists to use their science background and knowledge to work on important peaceful, nonmilitary projects.
Since 1992, the GIPP program has sponsored the development and licensing of many technologies, including advanced cancer detection devices, ultrafine bacteria and virus filters, and new treatments for epilepsy.
Idaho National Laboratory is one of the Department of Energy's 10 multi-program national laboratories. The laboratory performs work in each of the strategic goal areas of DOE – energy, security science and environment. The laboratory is the nation's leading center of nuclear energy research and development. Day-to-day management and operation of the laboratory is the responsibility of Battelle Energy Alliance.