COVINGTON, Ky., Sept. 22 (UPI) -- The U.S. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has signed a deal for patents covering an accelerator-detector complex for detection of hidden explosives.
The exclusive license arrangement was signed with Valley Forge Composite Technologies which, along with technical oversight by LLNL, assisted a Russian team in the development of the technology though a Cooperative Research And Development Agreement.
The project provides opportunities for this technology to enhance U.S. border and transportation security, from explosives, to narcotics and nuclear detection systems for maritime and air cargo and border control.
LLNL said the technical objectives of the project were: to develop, miniaturize and automate the accelerator-detector complex for high efficiency detection of hidden explosives; software was also to be developed to run the explosives detection system and acquire and process data; and work was to be done to evaluate the signatures produced by the explosives detection system and evaluate its ability to detect explosives in checked baggage.
Development of an effective stationary explosive detection system as proposed under this CRADA project could be deployed to safeguard the U.S. air transportation infrastructure as well as for protecting any restricted access facility.
Potential commercial activity for Valley Forge Composite Technologies could result in the manufacturing and development of an EDS for worldwide markets.