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"Development of a Common Sensor Platform for the Detection of IED ""Bomb Factories"""

Objective

The detection of IED manufacturing facilities is crucial for the security of citizens, as well as infrastructures and utilities. Current sensing methods suffer from susceptibility to false positive results due to environmental contaminants, or false negative results to interfering compounds. The need exists for a single distributed network, with a common interface and communications protocol, to manage and communicate with a variety of different sensor technologies, and use the combined sensor data to produce clear and unequivocal results with low false positive/negative readings.

The goal of the CommonSense project is to create and demonstrate this sensor network, through the simultaneous and parallel development of novel materials, portable sensors and a wireless communications network, which uses chemometric data processing algorithms to “learn” to recognise trace amounts of explosives, and differentiate them from interferents. The partners will produce a series of novel organic, polymeric and nanocrystalline materials with tuned optoelectronic properties and surface affinities to be used as the active sensor elements. These elements will be incorporated into devices based on optical, electrical, and other readout mechanisms, for detection of airborne and waterborne analytes.

The CommonSense project will also incorporate radiation detectors to detect this growing security threat of “dirty bombs”, where sub-critical amounts of radioactive materials, obtained from medical waste or other sources, are incorporated into IEDs. The key point in the use of such a variety of sensor technologies is that no one substance can act as an interferent to all of the sensors, thus reducing false positives and negatives. Eliminating the remaining false readings will be achieved through use of the chemometric algorithms in order to teach itself to recognise the “fingerprint” sensor response to different explosives types and ignore interfering compounds.

Call for proposal

FP7-SEC-2010-1
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK
Address
Western Road
T12 YN60 Cork
Ireland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 028 891
Administrative Contact
Conor Delaney (Mr.)

Participants (7)

TECHNION - ISRAEL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Israel
EU contribution
€ 525 200
Address
Senate Building Technion City
32000 Haifa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jack Lavan (Mr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 548 088
Address
Oxford Road
M13 9PL Manchester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Liz Fay (Ms.)
Alphasense Limited
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 254 475
Address
300 Avenue West Skyline 120
CM77 7AA Great Notley
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
John Saffell (Dr.)
BUNDESANSTALT FUER MATERIALFORSCHUNG UND -PRUEFUNG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 349 200
Address
Unter Den Eichen 87
12205 Berlin
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Eva-Maria Müller (Ms.)
SENSL TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 115 993
Address
Building 6800 Avenue 6000 Cork Airport Business Park
- Cork
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
John Kenneally (Mr.)
THALES SIX GTS FRANCE SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 284 655
Address
Avenue Des Louvresses 4
92230 Gennevilliers
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sylvie Raynaud (Dr.)
Police Service of Northern Ireland
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 298 433
Address
Knock Road 65
BT5 6LE Belfast
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gerald Murray (Mr.)