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A bio-mimicry enabled artificial sniffer

A bio-mimicry enabled artificial sniffer

Objective

"The capture and analysis of odours offers significant potential for border security applications related to the detection and analysis of persons, illegal substances and in particular explosives. Dogs - the most effective ""tool"" for detecting and analysing odours - can only be trained for a small sample of odours, get easily tired and are often perceived as intrusive by the public.
The SNIFFER project proposes a highly innovative one-stop shop approach to complement dogs and leverage their capabilities. This approach is based on state-of-the-art technologies centred on a new generation of olfactory biosensors. The SNIFFER devices to be developed combine in a one-stop shop sampling, pre-concentration and pre-treatment with bio-mimicry, synthetic diamond sensor technology and multi-parametric training software. This will enable the detection of odours arising out of security threats which may occur in a panel of border security applications. This flexible technology allows users to continuously keep improving the ""olfactory scope"" of their ""artificial sniffers"" quickly and at low additional cost, even once they have been deployed.
This concept results from a multidisciplinary collaboration of several years between research teams from Italy, the UK, France and Switzerland. Users involved in the SNIFFER project will provide a representative set of usage cases, all related to border control security in the large sense - such as the detection of illegal substances carried by people and in suitcases (open or on a luggage belt) and cars or the detection of hidden people in containers. EADS, the integrator partner will build dedicated systems for these usage cases to allow for a comprehensive assessment in view of progressively improving the technology. The project will hence open the road towards a promising market place for ""artificial sniffing"" centred border security solutions and for olfactory applications in general."
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COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

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Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15

France

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 586 820,49

Administrative Contact

Philippe Lecestre (Mr.)

Participants (14)

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CHAMBRE DE COMMERCE ET D'INDUSTRIE DE PARIS

France

EU Contribution

€ 122 823,30

THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 493 552

MINISTERE DE L'INTERIEUR

France

EU Contribution

€ 57 420,54

ASSOCIATION POUR LA RECHERCHE ET LE DEVELOPPEMENT DES METHODES ET PROCESSUS INDUSTRIELS

France

EU Contribution

€ 212 560,50

AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 311 572,50

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 360 912

CENTRE FOR SCIENCE, SOCIETY AND CITIZENSHIP

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 4 962,49

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 175 051,20

CHAMBRE DE COMMERCE ET D'INDUSTRIE DE REGION PARIS ILE-DE-FRANCE

France

EU Contribution

€ 201 668,70

GTP TECHNOLOGY SA

France

EU Contribution

€ 142 849

TRACETECH SECURITY LTD

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 168 000

GENIKON AEROPORIKON EFARMOGON AE IDIOTIKI EPICHEIRISI PAROCHIS YPIRESION ASFALEIAS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 191 520

MINISTRY OF PUBLIC SECURITY

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 67 320

ARTTIC

France

EU Contribution

€ 396 788

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 285203

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 February 2012

  • End date

    31 May 2015

Funded under:

FP7-SECURITY

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 716 418,86

  • EU contribution

    € 3 493 820,72

Coordinated by:

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

France