S&T is developing, implementing, and ensuring the effectiveness of cutting-edge screening equipment and protocols that help protect the public and keep security lines moving.
Block MEMS, LLC, to develop technology that can detect Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Devices before they enter stadiums, parking structures, and other soft targets.
Targeted surface interrogation technology quickly detects trace residues of explosives and illicit drugs on carry-on baggage, laptops and other items.
After the destruction of Pan American World Airways Flight 103 in 1988, the government established the Commercial Aircraft Vulnerability and Mitigation (CAVM) program to address terrorist-based internal aircraft explosive threats. In 2006, the program transferred to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), with program execution supported by subject matter experts from S&T’s Transportation Security Laboratory.
This success story highlights the DHS SBIR company Polestar Technologies, Inc., of Needham Heights, Massachusetts, which developed a portable system for stand-off detection of concealed explosives to detect and identify different types of explosives.
DHS S&T transitioned technology to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) that is representative of S&T’s deep body of work in cataloging, detecting and thwarting explosive threats.
The robot accessory arm is part of S&T’s ongoing work with MOPS to facilitate research, development, testing and evaluation activities and deliver enhanced capabilities to law enforcement and public safety personnel in both countries.
Handheld ETDs are small, lightweight, and usually do not require assembly, making them an ideal choice for responders who need to quickly investigate a suspicious package or screen individuals in areas lacking permanent fixtures or sufficient power.