12:00 AM, March 4, 2009
Defentect and San Diego State University's Homeland Security Program and its Immersive Visualization Center (SDSU Viz Center) entered a joint operational agreement to establish a permanent gamma radiation detection perimeter system. The program demonstrates best practices and solutions to deter, detect, and defend against the illicit transport of radiological materials, which are the core components of dirty bombs. The research demonstration will also help develop techniques for using radiation to assist with numerous Homeland Security and business applications such as moving cargo across borders, oceans, and airways in secure and innovative ways. The San Diego State University (SDSU) installation integrates Defentect's GT2(TM) gross gamma radiation detection sensor system and its DM3(TM) sensor management, monitoring, and messaging platform; OnSSI Ocularis IP Video command-and-control software; and the Axis P3301 Fixed Dome Network Camera and the Axis 233D Network Dome camera. Axis network cameras mobilize to target a detected threat and interrogate the area for individuals who are contaminated by or are transporting gamma-emitting radioactive materials. According to Joey Dusina, Defentect's Vice President, Sales, the agreement establishes the San Diego Viz Center location for participants to demonstrate the efficacy of integrating various levels of Defentect's radiation detection solutions into existing security detection systems to affected industries such as hospitals, hotels, government agencies, and businesses. "This agreement provides Defentect and its partners with a publicly accessible demonstration of the state of radiation security technology," said Mr. Dusina. "This live demo helps people relate the solution to a real-life situation. It takes the hypothetical out of the equation, making it a reality-based scenario. This is something previously missing from most people's understanding of both the threat and its assessment". Dr. Eric Frost, Founder and Co-Director of SDSU Viz Center, and Co-Director of the Homeland Security Master's Degree Program at SDSU, stated, "People can visit the Viz Center's courtyard and experience firsthand the efficiency of the gamma radiation detection system via Defentect's monitoring software. This program is one more way Viz Center is working to evaluate and enhance tools and technologies to help both public and private entities deal with potential hazards with accuracy and speed -- important in the face of mounting and unseen threats."