Last month, the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) conducted a joint trial with Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs to assess the U.S.-developed Radiological Multisensor Analysis Platform system. This trial marks an important milestone in what has been a successful research and development collaboration between Singapore and the United States. The collaboration has led to the advancement of capabilities to detect, identify, and localize radiological and nuclear threats.
The Radiological Multisensor Analysis Platform combines a street view-like capability with real-time radiation detection, identification, and localization. The system can detect and localize radioactive materials while moving, as well as overlay radiation data with visual and laser imaging data to enable a 3-D reconstruction of the environment in conjunction with the radiation signatures. This “Nuclear Street View” has the potential to be an invaluable tool to improve the ability for operators to detect nuclear threats.
The trial scenarios, which took place in Singapore, included both maritime and land border ports of entry, as well as urban searches, to demonstrate the technological and operational feasibility to screen moving passenger vehicles and cargo containers. The system also demonstrated the capability to conduct directed searches for potential threats.
Preventing a nuclear or radiological attack is the mission of DNDO. Collaborations with international partners such as this are vital to our efforts to build and enhance global capabilities to counter nuclear smuggling. This trial highlights the important cooperation between DHS and Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs, and further underscores the commitment of both nations to address the threat of nuclear terrorism.
Top left is the operator-interface of the Radiological Multisensor Analysis Platform which is within the vehicle in the bottom right. DNDO and Singapore officials worked together to test the technology’s ability to detect radiation in several operational environments including the above simulated collapsed building.
DNDO and Singapore officials are pictured in the Radiological Multisensor Analysis Platform demonstrating the technology.