Concept & Approach
Today a major challenge is the efficiency of inspecting containers for CBRNE threats, at high throughput.
The current inspections for Customs purposes at border crossings are typically different from inspections required for example for air transport security needs. Customs inspections generally take place at border crossing points, predominantly in incoming situations, and rarely employ a 100% approach (with the notable exception of inspection for radiological and nuclear threat material) in applying non-intrusive inspection technologies. Inspection in outgoing situations take place on a smaller scale. Air transport security on the other side, takes place prior to air transport, thus on outgoing cargo, and does employ a 100% approach. Often Customs inspection and air transport security inspections take place at different point in the logistical chain.
The COSMIC system plans to bridge the existing security gap in fast inspection of large number of containers and vehicles in sea port and border crossings for CBRNE materials. COSMIC’s technologies could also be adapted to air containers.
COSMIC approach: Three stage-solution using new CBRNE sensors.
COSMIC approach is based on an automated system that manages and controls container inspection between stages, while improving inspection throughput and reducing physical inspections.
The COSMIC three-stage (primary, secondary, focused manual inspection) solution is built on top of the existing inspection systems used at the security flow.
Following each stage, non-suspected containers are releases and suspected CBRNE containers progress to the next stage.
COSMIC introduces new CBRNE Sensors for all three stages:
New Chemical sensors: New chemical sensors for primary and secondary stages.
New Biological sensors: New innovative sensors capable to analyze biological threats at the field rather than in the lab.
- Bacteria detection in liquids and solids.
- Virus detection based on physical tests.
New Radiological and Nuclear sensors: New approach in primary and secondary for detection of shielded nuclear and radioactive materials.
- New sensor based on Cosmic Rays Muons.
New Explosives sensors: New Explosives sensors for primary and secondary based on air-sampling.
New Management system including data collection and analysis from all sensors.
New Radiological and Nuclear sensors
New Chemical sensors