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The use of electronic seals in the containment and surveillance field of safeguards has to date been limited by the high investment cost. With the developments in the commercial field of electronics, it is now possible to foresee the development of a relatively inexpensive seal incorporating the advantages of an electronic seal into a general all purpose seal. Based upon a detailed study of the different seals used by Euratom Safeguards and the experience gained from the logistical requirements for the routine application and verification, a detailed user requirement specification has been established for a simple inexpensive electronic seal. A technical description of the proposed active fibre optic seal (AFOS) is given to indicate the characteristics of such a seal. The specifications for the development include the use of a pocket PC for in-field data management and data transfer at headquarters.

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Authors: CHARE P J, Euratom Safeguards Directorate, Luxembourg (LU);DETOURBET P, Euratom Safeguards Directorate, Luxembourg (LU);GÖRTEN J, Euratom Safeguards Directorate, Luxembourg (LU);WAGNER H G, Euratom Safeguards Directorate, Luxembourg (LU)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: 15th ESARDA Symposium on Safeguards and Nuclear Material Management, Roma (IT), May 11-13, 1993
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 37699 ORA
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