North Billerica, MA – November 27, 2017 – Passport Systems, Inc. announced today that they will be demonstrating version 2.0 of their SmartShield™ Networked Radiation Detection System software at the UK Security Expo in Olympia, London. The demo will include features that were trialed with the London Fire Brigade earlier this year.
Recently, Passport Systems worked with WildCat-IS, a premier CBRNe training company based in the UK, to train a prestigious international guard force using the SmartShield system. Using the new Source Simulation application, users were able to electronically inject a simulated radioactive source to provide a full fidelity simulation of an actual event. For the first time, customers were able to train to find either a stationary or a moving source without deploying a physical source.
“Passport Systems has been pleased to work with London and the British military in exercises, trials, and demonstrations to explore Concepts of Operations based on networked radiation detectors. SmartShield technology has been proven on British soil,” said Tom Hughes, Director of Product Management for SmartShield Technology. “Additionally, the SmartShield Source Simulation application enables hazmat units to train without the logistics of live radiation sources, in public areas should they choose, using the equipment that they would use in day-to-day operations. This type of training allows agencies to reevaluate and modify ConOps to meet the growing radiological threat.”
The SmartShield system is comprised of small gamma-radiation detectors that collect radiation data and transmit the information wirelessly through smartphones, forming a network that allows security forces to simultaneously respond to any threats. While on patrol, security and law enforcement officers collect background radiation data. When gamma radiation is detected, an alert and GPS coordinates are sent throughout the network, to a central command station, and to all responding law enforcement personnel.
The capabilities of the revolutionary SmartShield system have been expanded:
- SmartShield Source Simulation, our all-new simulation tool.
- Extended battery life.
- Includes Analysis Mode, to compare previous radiation maps, and highlight changes in detected isotopes across the survey area.
- Includes Replay Mode, to playback a previous survey, allowing for closer review of previous events.
“The power and ease of use of our improved SmartShield system, including real-world, immersive training scenarios, represent a substantive leap forward in our ability to protect people and events,” said Dr. Robert Ledoux, President, CEO, and Director of Passport Systems, Inc. “Together with our recent NCS4 lab evaluation, these expanded capabilities represent a dramatic growth in our ability to protect people from radiological terrorism.”
In the United States, the SmartShield technology has been used to beef up security at the NCAA Final Four Basketball Tournament in Houston, at the Boston Marathon, and other crowd gathering events, such as NASCAR races in New Hampshire. Internationally, it is being marketed for use at celebrations, soccer matches, concerts, as well as airports, and ports.
For more information on our SmartShield v2.0 software release, read more here: http://bit.ly/2bIssjY
For a complete breakdown and analysis of the NCS4 tests, read their full report here: http://bit.ly/2iZYcqh
To see the SmartShield system in use, see this segment by WCVB-ABC in Boston: http://bit.ly/1V38ZOT
(To schedule print or broadcast interviews with Mr. Hughes, please contact Passport Systems at 978-263-9900 x2227.)
Founded by counter terrorism specialists from various backgrounds and nationalities, WildCat-IS provides cost effective, independent consultancy and training services in Counter Terrorism, Counter IED, CBRNe Operations, and Weapons, Ordnance, Munitions, Explosives. For further details on WildCat-IS and their services, please visit http://wildcat-is.com
About Passport Systems
Passport Systems was founded to develop and commercialize new technologies to address the threats facing the world in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Founded by a team of MIT technologists and entrepreneurs, Passport Systems has proudly developed two cutting-edge product lines: The SmartScan 3D™ Automated Cargo Inspection System, based on nuclear resonance fluorescence technology, and the SmartShield™ Networked Radiation Detection System, using advanced data fusion algorithms. For further details on Passport Systems and its products and services, please visit www.passportsystems.com, and follow us on Twitter at @PassportSys and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PassportSys/ .