VIENNA, Va., May 15 (UPI) -- LGS announced a milestone achievement for the development of its micro-compass magnetometer following a recent successful demonstration for the U.S. Army.
U.S. company LGS said its micro-compass magnetometer is designed for the detection of metal objects in a portable device that requires minimal power to operate. Officials said the micro-compass magnetometer has the potential to be used by soldiers in combat zones to detect weapons and other threats because of its high sensitivity.
LGS said a recent demonstration of its micro-compass magnetometer for the Army was considered a success, marking a milestone for the company.
"The micro-compass magnetometer represents a breakthrough in the detection of common objects that can be used to compromise our nation's borders and place our servicemen in harm's way," Dave Bishop, LGS chief technology officer, said in a statement.
"The (magnetometer) is cost-efficient because it is based on the same silicon technology that underlies consumer electronics. This low cost point will make it easier to deploy a large number of devices that should help ensure greater physical security and enhanced safety."