DHS takes radioisotope detection systems

Smiths Detection RadSeeker with Symetrica Discovery Technology

Discovery Technology from Symetrica features in RadSeeker radioisotope identifier and detector for use on US borders.

The first regular shipments of the Smiths Detection RadSeeker featuring Symetrica’s OEM Discovery Technology Sub-System will begin this autumn as the first part of a contract with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Deliveries will run into early 2018, as the first major installment of the contract awarded to Smiths Detection in January by the DHS Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) for the delivery of the next-generation radioisotope identifier (RIID).

Symetrica will build the Discovery Technology Sub-Systems at their facility in Maynard, MA. The majority of the finished RadSeeker units will be deployed with the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

RadSeeker is the result of several years of collaboration between Symetrica and Smiths Detection to develop a next-generation RIID suitable for secondary screening, small-area search and rapid mobile identification. RadSeeker excels in real-world environments and provides the operator with quick, simple, specific information for threat assessment.

Symetrica’s Discovery Technology at the heart of RadSeeker provides best-in-class identification of threat materials in shielded, masked or concealed situations through the coupling of advanced spectrum processing and identification algorithms with state of the art detectors with automatic stabilisation and calibration, eliminating annual maintenance.

Commenting on the news, Matthew Dallimore, Symetrica’s General Manager said: “This is a significant milestone for Symetrica and our advanced Discovery Technology that is at the core of Smiths Detection’s RadSeeker. It is the culmination of several years of collaborative development and a strong acknowledgement that our technology is at the leading-edge of radioactive threat detection”.

Rob Ledenko, Smiths Detection’s Vice President of North America Sales & Business Development, commented: “We are excited to see this contract move into the shipment phase and we recognise the significant contribution of the Symetrica team and their technology in making RadSeeker a reality.”

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