SMART: sensor for measurement and analysis of radiation transients system

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Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) have developed a new tool in the fight against terrorism. The Sensor for Measure-ment and Analysis of Radiation Transients—or SMART—system uses detectors and software to distinguish between normally occurring radioac-tive materials and potential signatures of terrorist activities. SNL’s proprietary software is the key to the technology’s success. The software helps op-erators easily and accurately identify the isotopes associated with radiological emissions. (more) The sys-tem operates in real time and indicates the level of confidence (low, fair, high) that the material has been correctly identified. A video imager captures an image of the person or vehicle carrying the ra-dioactive material when the detector alarms.SNL licensed its FitToDB and PASSBY software technology and its GADRAS-LT software to Ther-mo Electron in 2003 and 2004, respectively. The company is incorporating the software technol-ogy into existing Thermo Electron hardware plat-forms with the plan of delivering third-generation systems to the market. Under a Cooperative Re-search and Development Agreement (CRADA) signed in mid-2005, SNL and Thermo Electron also collaborated on refinement of the SNL-de-veloped software for large-scale commercial de-ployments in Thermo Electron’s advanced spec-troscopic portal system. The SMART system will be a key component in the protection of military assets and the home-land against the threat of dirty bombs and other nuclear devices. The system, when fully commer-cialized and proven, can be deployed at seaports, airports, border patrol stations, government build-ings, military bases, and other environments that could be targets for terrorist radiological attacks (less)