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Radiation Portal

BNCís radiation portal solution includes the ARAM (Adaptable Radiation Area Monitor) from Textron IST (shown below). This high performance system offers a proprietary single photon counting design that provides accurate detection of radiation in fast moving vehicles, ship containers or packages. As of January 2007, the ARAM radiation portal it is the only radiation detection portal deployed commercially in many locations throughout a state that offers real time detection and identification of radioactive materials. The ARAM radiation portal system monitors 1000ís of vehicles / day and can adapt to screening people, screen rail , marine / watercraft, or other moving objects for presence of nuclear and radiological materials.

ARAM began at LLNL, and was successfully migrated into industry though the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory IPAC office ( Industrial Partnerships and Commercialization). Most uniquely, this large radiation portal (in contrast to many portal monitor systems already deployed) is a portal system allowing non technical operators to obtain real-time isotope identification. This means less threatening isotopes, such as industrial or medical sources (when properly documented) can be excluded from DOE or DHS reachback and aggressive mitigation efforts.

Radiation portal monitors are detection devices that allow for passive or non-intrusive means to screen people, vehicles, or other objects for presence of nuclear or radiological materials This radiation portal is specifically designed to detect low energy gamma rays and neutron emissions, a combination that is characteristic of weapons grade Plutonium and highly enriched Uranium. The radiation portal compensates for material in a lead shielded container.

More about ARAM Radiation Portal Technology


ARAM (Adaptable Radiation Area Monitor) is a combination of proprietary algorithms, software and hardware developed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. IST-Textron has licensed the LLNL technology and continued to develop proprietary identification algorithms through a joint partnership. ARAM is adaptable into several platforms, and thereby serves as a critical component to a larger program of radiation detection, incident mitigation, protocol development and user training.. For example, the systems can be easily set up to monitor for radioactive materials in highway vehicle traffic, packages in mail and parcel facilities, bulk cargo, small water-borne vessels, and vehicles moving through roadside checkpoints.

The portal can also be configured as a discreet fixed mount detection system to monitor slow moving, packages, luggage, or pedestrians. Digital video cameras can be easily integrated to further document and record alarm events. The ARAM portal monitor system was initially produced by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and is now licensed by IST-Textron. IST-Textron has deployed ARAM at numerous U.S. border checkpoints, wet ports, and critical infrastructure facilities.

BNCís FIND radiation portal Solution uses a variety of instruments that are all network-ready via wireless connectivity. This allows for extended reach-back support with government officials. Each ARAM installation can be configured to include multiple detectors as well as automated spectral data transmission and video capture. By adding a suite of handheld and pager sized devices, the program is complete. Contact us to discuss your networked radiation detection program, we are happy to discuss your specific needs.


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