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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $300,000)
The goal of this effort is to develop a compact, low-cost instrument for state and local law enforcement or corrections personell to screen persons for metallic and non-metallic contraband concealed in body cavities using Electrical Impedance Tomography (EIT). GE Security will lead a team including IRE and the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) to develop a prototype device and demonstrate its technical feasibility and operational and economic viability.
Deliverable for phase I is a design and plan for the program.
The users of this technology will be state and local corrections and law enforcement personnel.
This Phase II effort will continue the development of a pre-production prototype of a compact, low-cost instrument to screen persons for metallic and non-metallic contraband concealed in body cavities and demonstrate the practical utility of using a compact array of capacitive transducers in a portable configuration to detect contraband with high probability of detection and low false alarm rate. Specific goals include extending the model to complete a full design of the prototype instrument's sensor configuration. The modeling will include effects of subject motion and yield an array design that meets detection specifications in a robust, practical configuration.
This award will provde funding for Quantum Magnetics to continue development of a compact, low-cost instrument to screen persons for metallic and non-metallic contraband concealed in body cavities. The sensor will use electromagnetic tomography methods, and will increase the ability of corrections officers to detect and exclude contraband from correctional facilities.