Today we played host to Dr Liam Fox, Secretary of State for International Trade & President of the Board of Trade and Member of Parliament for North Somerset.
Dr Fox has a keen understanding of the threats posed by nuclear terrorism such as radiological dirty bombs. So, it was interesting to talk to someone who understands the issues surrounding the threat of radiological attack and the impact our solution could have globally. We were able to demonstrate the D3S gamma neutron wearable RIID which is designed to detect and identify radioactive threats. The D3S can be carried by anyone, hidden in a pocket or a belt pouch, constantly scanning for radioactive isotopes and reporting both its finding and the location of the carrier back to a central command desk.
His visit comes on the same day as we announced two contracts both concerning increasing protection against terrorism. The first from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) is for the development of the next generation of handheld nuclear radiation detectors, to protect citizens and infrastructure from the radiological attack. The second from the US Department of Homeland Security to develop CZT-based detector modules for commercial off-the-shelf detectors for advanced X-ray systems for passenger baggage screening.