Security – Checkpoints


Whether the application is a security checkpoint at an airport or a bomb-sniffer vehicle at the head of a convoy, a multi-sensor capability can provide the ubiquitous approach that maximizes the probability of detection. The single point of detection typically used does not cast a broad enough net. Only a small, low-cost explosive sensor can be deployed ubiquitously over a suspect area to provide earlier warning of a dangerous situation.

The NevadaNano Molecular Property Spectrometer (MPS™) is manufactured using low-cost solid-state MEMS technology. As a result, a matrix of sensors can be deployed at a reasonable cost to cover an area. For instance, rather than relying solely on spot checking for explosives with special portals at airports, compact explosive sensors could also be distributed throughout the security area providing early warning to officials of a suspect as well as a pre-screening process to determine who should undergo more detailed scrutiny.

For military applications, a bomb-stiffing array of sensor devices could be deployed ahead of a lead vehicle, covering the entire road and shoulders, much as a minesweeper does for metallic explosive devices. The small size and low cost of MPS™ modules can also enable improvised explosive device (IED) sensor deployment throughout any area where the public gathers, including airports, railway stations, arenas, and stadiums, in addition to office buildings and hotels.