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OPTICAL TECHNOLOGIES FOR THE IDENTIFICATION OF EXPLOSIVES

Objective

Terrorism is a real and growing threat to Europe and the world, and more than 60% of the terrorist attacks are carried out by the use of Improvised Explosive Devices. Security forces demand new tools to fight against this threat and the industry is making a big effort in the last few years to provide such tools. Every year a number of new products to detect and identify concealed explosives reach the market but up to the moment these new systems do not meet the full operational capabilities demanded by the end users. Probably the most demanded by the end users is the capability for standoff detection and identification of explosives, in order to be able to anticipate the threat from a safe distance and to avoid entering into the lethality area of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). Such standoff detection capability is also very demanded for intelligence operations to identify materials, people or places involved in the preparation and transportation of explosives. In order to meet the end user’s needs, OPTIX will develop of a transportable system for the standoff detection and identification of explosives in real scenarios at distances of around 20 m (sensor to target), using alternative or simultaneous analysis of three different complementary optical technologies (LIBS, RAMAN, IR) and with the following characteristics:
• Standoff distance of at least 20 m.
• Detection of explosives in bulk, trace amounts and even liquids in certain conditions.
• Very fast detection and identification of explosives
• Very high specificity for the identification of explosives.
• Large operational availability of the system.
• Fully automated decision system (no operator dependence).
In order to be successful, end user’s involvement in OPTIX is essential in the system specifications and validation, and in this sense the OPTIX consortium has put a special effort in including end users in those parts of the project where their contribution is relevant.

Call for proposal

FP7-SEC-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

INDRA SISTEMAS SA
Address
Avenida De Bruselas 35
28108 Alcobendas Madrid
Spain
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 437 720
Administrative Contact
Leire Serrano Olabarri (Ms.)

Participants (8)

UNIVERSIDAD DE MALAGA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 284 540
Address
Avda Cervantes, Num. 2
29016 Malaga
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
José Antonio Molina Ruiz (Mr.)
TOTALFORSVARETS FORSKNINGSINSTITUT
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 359 583
Address
Gullfossgatan 6
164 90 Stockholm
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Sara Wallin (Dr.)
EKSPLA UAB
Lithuania
EU contribution
€ 141 300
Address
Savanoriu Pr 231
02300 Vilnius
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rimute Raciukaitiene (Dr.)
AVANTES BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 164 301
Address
Oude Apeldoornseweg 28
7333 NS Apeldoorn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Julia Dekker (Ms.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT CLAUSTHAL
Germany
EU contribution
€ 382 900
Address
Adolph Romer Strasse 2A
38678 Clausthal Zellerfeld
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ingrid Nietzel (Ms.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 421 712
Address
Karlsplatz 13
1040 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Herbert Danninger (Prof.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DORTMUND
Germany
EU contribution
€ 247 600
Address
August Schmidt Strasse 4
44227 Dortmund
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Detlef Niehage
GUARDIA CIVIL ESPANOLA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 47 900
Address
C/ Guzmán El Bueno 110
28003 Madrid
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Agustin Barquita (Mr.)