“It is very disturbing to learn from a Reuters’ report out of Baghdad that Iraq is searching for highly dangerous radioactive material that was either stolen or went missing last year. Clearly, the last thing the world needs is for this material to find its way to ISIS or another terrorist group that will wield destructive weapons. Protecting cities around the world, especially if this material penetrates a nation’s borders, is a tremendous challenge for our leaders in Washington, as well as other nations. For the private sector, too, security for attendees of large scale events ranging from concerts to soccer matches has become a major concern with the rising CBRNE threats we face today.
“With support from the Department of Homeland Security, as well as private investors, Passport Systems, Inc. has developed a highly advanced technology, the SmartShield™ Networked Radiation Detection System, which can detect and prevent CBRNE threats, such as those posed by the radiative material missing in Iraq. A key component of our global architecture strategy for interdiction, SmartShield™ is a handheld networked radiation detection system. It provides seamless integration of individual detectors into a coordinated network, while its advanced algorithms use the information provided by the network to perform improved radiation detection, localization, identification, and continuous mapping of the background. The SmartShield system provides significant advances that help law enforcement improve their detection and response capabilities at locations such as airports, concerts, or any large outdoor gathering.
“Of course, another objective is to stop dangerous contraband before it reaches population centers. A companion technology, the SmartScan 3D™ Automated Cargo Inspection System, does just that; it vastly enhances the efficiency and effectiveness of cargo inspections. The system integrates proprietary detection technologies with conventional high-resolution imaging and intelligent passive radiation detection to quickly clear or detect threat materials. In April, Passport Systems will unveil this pioneering, non-intrusive, cargo inspection facility at the Port of Boston. Undoubtedly, it will make New England safer, but these protections need to be adopted at other locations domestically and across the globe.
“Clearly, advanced technology should be deployed to counter the CBRNE threats to people and structures to make our world safer. Together, we can meet these challenges.”
About Passport Systems
Passport Systems was founded to develop and commercialize new technologies to address the threats facing the world in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Founded by a team of MIT technologists and entrepreneurs, Passport Systems has proudly developed two cutting-edge product lines: The SmartScan 3D™ Automated Cargo Inspection System, based on nuclear resonance fluorescence technology, and the SmartShield™ Networked Radiation Detection System, using advanced data fusion algorithms. For further details on Passport Systems and its products and services, please visit www.passportsystems.com.