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Multi-frequency multi-mode Terahertz screening for border checks

Objective

Security checks at borders are required to be increasingly thorough and fast. There are currently two types of technologies available for this application: those that automatically detect objects concealed on a person, and those that rely on human operator analysis and interpretation in order to classify or identify body-borne threats.
The objective of TeraSCREEN is to combine these two capabilities, thus providing automatic detection and classification of body-borne threats for security screening. This will significantly improve both efficiency and security at border checks.
TeraSCREEN aims to develop passive and active operation at several Terahertz frequencies. The resulting multi-frequency, multi-mode images will be processed automatically in real-time to reveal the location of potentially harmful objects concealed on a person. Privacy Enhancing Technologies will be used: the information will be displayed to the operator on a generic computerised silhouette and no anatomical details will be shown or saved. Terahertz radiation is non-ionizing, and reliable studies have shown that active operation in this frequency band is harmless to humans. The automatic recognition of threats, in addition to removing privacy issues, reduces the level of attention required from the operator, which implies a reduction in the personnel necessary for continuous operation.
The TeraSCREEN Prototype System will be demonstrated at a live control point in Bristol International Airport. The feedback from the End-User and Advisory Board members will facilitate, outside this project, the conversion of the prototype into an innovative security screening product that will significantly improve the security and efficiency at, and experience of, border checks.
The consortium consists of 11 partners from academia, research and industry across Europe, who each play complementary roles in the project and are interested in exploiting the results together.

Call for proposal

FP7-SEC-2012-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

I.C.T.S.(U.K.) LIMITED
Address
Tavistock Square Tavistock House South Block Entrance D
WC1H 9LG London
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 387 076,85
Administrative Contact
Naomi Alexander (Dr.)

Participants (11)

UNIVERSIDAD PUBLICA DE NAVARRA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 142 404,20
Address
Campus De Arrosadia
31006 Pamplona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ignacio Casado (Dr.)
ANTERAL SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 139 424,67
Address
Avenida Reino De Navarra 26 4 D
31621 Sarriguren Navarra
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gonzalo Crespo (Mr.)
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES COUNCIL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 250 854,73
Address
Polaris House North Star Avenue
SN2 1SZ Swindon
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Hui Wang (Dr.)
TERATECH COMPONENTS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 86 546,28
Address
Stfc Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
OX11 0QX Didcot
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Byron Alderman (Dr.)
RISE ACREO AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 601 226,03
Address
Box 1070
164 25 Kista
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Duncan Platt (Mr.)
OMMIC SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 286 662,16
Address
Chemin Du Moulin 2
94453 Limeil Brevannes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Peter Frijlink (Mr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA TOR VERGATA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 162 005,74
Address
Via Cracovia 50
00133 Roma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ernesto Limiti (Prof.)
JOHANN WOLFGANG GOETHE-UNIVERSITAET FRANKFURT AM MAIN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 362 106,17
Address
Theodor W Adorno Platz 1
60323 Frankfurt Am Main
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Simone Sanchez-Maroto (Ms.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 856 020,20
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Andrea Zeumann (Ms.)
ALFA IMAGING SA

Participation ended

Spain
EU contribution
€ 155 381,07
Address
Calle General Pardinas 91 1 D
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Naomi Ellen Alexander (Dr.)
ALBERT-LUDWIGS-UNIVERSITAET FREIBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 60 223,90
Address
Fahnenbergplatz
79098 Freiburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nicholas Eschenbruch (Dr.)