Protect high-profile government buildings and critical infrastructure
Why is radioactivity safety important for high profile government buildings?
High profile, symbolic buildings such as the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Capitol, U.N. Headquarters in New York and U.S. Embassies around the world are high value targets for terrorist attacks, as are critical infrastructure facilities such as power generation plants, refineries, and transmodal freight forwarding installation. Radiological Exposure Devices (REDs) and Dirty Bombs are potential threats. In the RED, radioactive material is placed out of sight in the building in places where people congregate. A hospital radioactivity source could be made into 100 REDs which are potentially lethal with an hour of exposure at close range. In the Dirty Bomb, the radioactive material is dispersed with a conventional explosive. Both interdiction and emergency response are important.
GammaPix Video low-cost radioactivity detection network
GammaPix technology, which employs digital cameras to measure radioactivity can interdict REDs and lightly shielded dirty bombs and facilitate response to all radioactivity emergencies. The detection network would employ the building's security camera infrastructure. The video stream collected in a command center can be analyzed for the telltale signatures of radioactivity. The GammaPix command server stores and plots the radioactivity data for use by the security officers.
Augmented Detection Network
Capital police, government staff and public smartphones using the GammaPix App for smartphones and tablets can augment the video network.
A third layer of protection
A third layer of protection can be provided by personal smartphones carried by employees and visitors. Geo-tagged and time-stamped radioactivity readings automatically collected by the Image Insight server can be continuously fed to security personnel.