9.5.7 Current situation within the EU
TERAEYE is another framework project that aims to develop an innovative range of inspecting passive range of systems based on Terahertz wave detection. The two dimensional array of detectors are expected to detect harmful explosive, biological, and chemical agents at airports, railways hubs and civilian zones.
The following framework 7 projects have been funded by the European Commission in the Security theme that are relevant to explosives detection:
- Optical technologies for the identification of explosives (OPTIX) project was initiated in 2008 to develop a system for stand-off detection of explosives based on LIBS, RAMAN and IR .
- Localisation of threat substances in urban society (LOTUS) project was initiated in early 2009. The LOTUS project aims to create a system to detect the preparation of explosives and drugs during preparation and production of a terrorist plot. This will be demonstrated by detection using sensors and global infrastructure for positioning and networking .
- Underwater coastal sea surveyor (UNCOSS) project was initiated in 2008, aims to protect the naval infrastructure against underwater improvised explosive devices. The objective is to provide a non-destructive tool for the evaluation of underwater objects based on neutron sensors .
- CBRNE related testing and certification facilities - a networking strategy to strengthen cooperation and knowledge exchange within Europe (CREATIF) was initiated early in 2009. The project aims to create a network of product testing facilities for CBRNE detection .
- Integrated mobile security kit (IMSK) was initiated in 2008. The objective of the project is to combine technology solutions from Detection of CBRNE, area surveillance, and check point control for additional sensitive security locations. The sensor data is expected to be integrated with communication and data module to a command centre .
The following Preparatory Action for Security Research Funded projects were funded by the European Commission and are relevant to explosives detection:
- European Security: High level study on threats responses and relevant technologies (ESSTRT). The support action project has provided a comprehensive overview of necessary responses to security challenges. These include technologies for detecting weapons and hazardous materials at airports and travel hubs .
- The active terahertz imaging for security (TERASEC) project, that aims to develop terahertz detection. The detection of threats, explosives, pathogens and chemicals in person, luggage or post were the focus of the project. The Terahertz imaging systems were developed and evaluated in the 24 month period .
- Secure Container Data Device Standardisation (SECCONDD) project aims to initiate standardisation of technical interface between secure container or vehicle and a data
reader at a port or border crossing. The project is expected to identify any potential threats from terrorist activity or insertion of contraband goods .
- Transport Infrastructures Protection System (TIPS) project aimed to address security of mainline, subway and metro systems of European cities. The project addressed technological solutions for safety of passengers against explosives along with the communication infrastructure .
- Hazardous Material Localisation and Person Tracking (HAMLeT) project demonstrated an indoor security system using sensors to give real time decision information. This was done by classifying, tracking and localising potential threats. Chemical sensors were used for detection of hazardous materials such as explosives .
- Integrated system for on-line trace explosives detection in solid and vapour state (ISOTREX) project addresses trace explosive detection of high energy material. The project investigated and development an instrument for particle and vapour detection for airports, customers and central post-offices. The instrument was based on Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy and IR absorption methods [148 ].
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