Another World First – TeraView Wins Contracts to Support Partners With Innovative Explosive Detection System
TeraView, the pioneer and leader in terahertz solutions and technology for the pharmaceutical and defense industries, announces a number of contracts to supply terahertz systems to partners for evaluation in the detection of explosives at different ‘stand-off’ distances. This laboratory system will be used to evaluate future applications in suicide bomber identification and screening at airports and other installations.
TeraView was the first organisation to demonstrate that many explosives have characteristic ‘terahertz fingerprints’ which allow them to be identified below layers of clothing and amongst other confusion materials. TeraView also developed the world’s first portable terahertz explosives detection prototype which consisted of a hand held probe prototype capable of imaging and identifying objects hidden below clothing on a subject.
TeraView’s most recent innovation is a stand-off detection system which is designed to interrogate a target, and both detect and identify an explosive material using the Company’s proprietary fingerprinting capability. Preliminary laboratory work conducted with the UK government proved the concept, and TeraView is now providing laboratory systems for further evaluation by government and commercial partners.
A unit was recently provided to the US Navy, and other systems are scheduled for supply to customers later in the year. Additional development work with these customers is required to clarify how such units could be best deployed in the field.
This unique of ability of TeraView’s proprietary technology platform to both detect and identify (using its terahertz fingerprinting capability) hidden materials distinguishes it from other techniques such as passive millimetre wave imaging, which can detect some large, concealed objects but cannot identify them in many instances. Such techniques are frequently mis-labelled as ‘terahertz’, but have different and complementary applications. Terahertz also does not suffer from privacy issues that plague these millimetre wave technologies because its spectral fingerprinting capability ensures that different parts of the subjects anatomy are not imaged.
Dr Don Arnone, Chief Executive Officer of TeraView commented: ‘Our new stand-off detection system is an important step forward in applications of terahertz in defense and homeland security. For the first time, collaborators in industry and government laboratories have access to terahertz technology optimised for detection of explosives, and they can evaluate it in a variety of different scenarios to determine how it might best be deployed in the field. In line with our partnership model, we will supply on-going technical improvements and analytical support to their efforts’.
TeraView’s proprietary platform uses the terahertz spectrum between light and radio waves and offers the advantage of being non-invasive and non-destructive. Past studies have demonstrated how terahertz uniquely and non invasively provides 3 dimensional structural and chemical information in a diverse range of applications, including weapons/explosives hidden below clothing, the contents of tablets and capsules, and other objects normally invisible to conventional detection techniques.
TeraView is the world’s first company devoted to the application of Terahertz light for spectroscopy and imaging in pharmaceutical drug development and manufacture. TeraView’s technology can improve the quality of pharmaceutical products and decrease the risk of regulatory non-compliance, leading to potentially safer tablets and savings arising from faster times to market and volume production of higher quality, stable products. Other markets for the technology exist in defence and homeland security, medical imaging of cancer and industrial inspection which are explored via commercial partners. Headquartered in Cambridge, UK, TeraView was spun-out of the Toshiba Cambridge Research Laboratory in April 2001. Sales and support are available throughout Europe, North America and the Far East either directly or through a network of distributors.