I-SENSEProject reference: 42835
Funded under: FP6-MOBILITY
Multiple sensor based systems for the safety and security related applications
Total cost:Not available
EU contribution:EUR 584 608
Topic(s):MOBILITY-1.3.2 - Marie Curie Host Fellowships - Transfer of knowledge (TOK) - Industry-Academia Strategic Partnership Scheme
Call for proposal:FP6-2005-MOBILITY-3
Funding scheme:TOK - Marie Curie actions-Transfer of Knowledge
There is a great need today to develop solutions that enable improved levels of security and safety. The challenge of minimizing risks from terrorism and detecting unexploded ordnance, explosives and illicit drugs is immense. Project I-Sense will result in the development of two fully integrated technically advanced detection platforms. Current IMS (Ion Mobility Spectrometry) technology was developed in early 1970s and therefore it is a proven but relatively old technology.
It is widely considered best practice. IMS has drawbacks, it is cumbersome and it is difficult to analyze large objects like suspicious trucks at ports or checkpoints. EX-BEAMS, one of the project participants, has a solution that is an improvement upon existing technology and materially advances IMS detection capabilities. Another technology, X-ray imaging is also widely used for detecting explosives and weapons (e.g., hidden in luggage) and land mines.
However these devices are bulky, expensive and can be dangerous for the operators. In a series of recent research projects, the University of Twente has found a solution to the problem of effective X-ray imaging using low energy compact X-ray sources. In the I-Sense project both participants will exchange their knowledge and in the process improve the performance of IMS as well as X-ray backscatter.
As a result of the project, the scientists and engineers from EX-BEAMS will benefit from skilled training and will also acquire further knowledge in the field of high-precision measurements, data processing and imaging. The specialists from the University of Twente will learn from EX-BEAMS its new IMS technology. Future plans include a combination of IMS with X-ray imaging devices using low energy X-rays.