Synthetic aPerture Interferometric raDiometer for sEcurity in cRitical infraStructures,
supported by the European Commission (GRANT #674274)
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Today’s technologies for scanning people and detecting potential harmful objects or materials still require bulky technologies and infrastructures that usually slow down or block the flow of people coming in and out of a building or a structure. While this might still be seen as acceptable for specific military facilities with a low level of check-in, possible threats to the population in transport hubs such as airports, train stations or specific facilities such as power plants or prison administrations, would require more adapted technologies, more transparent, with passive and stand-off scanning and respecting ethical issues of no personal body imaging. Recent terrorist attacks are calling for adapted measures that could detect harmful or prohibited objects in real time without generating bolts in people transit.
Based on a technology study in the FP7 project EFFISEC (Grant #217991) that finished in January 2014, the French company MC2 aims at developing an innovation system that will transform the protection of EU infrastructures into more freely flowing processes with faster scanning, adapted ethics-respecting imaging, passive detection without harmful waves and stand-off scanning, with more transparent equipment.
In the SPIDERS project, MC2 will build from its experience in the field of security, from its staff and equipment resources and its existing and growing commercial network a new innovative solution to meet a transforming market and that will answer to the following industrial and scientific objectives:
- MC2 will develop a new passive millimeter wave system with a 2×1 m field view from 1 to 10 m distance range, with an aimed resolution of 1 cm at 1 m away, and with two usage modes (image computer analysis or human operator eye analysis), based on existing back office system. The SPIDERS camera system will be able to scan in a moving environment.
- For that, the project is divided in five workpackages. The two main technical workpackages are WP1 and WP2. The first one is dedicated to developing a simplified prototype and to study the capabilities to combine the synthetic aperture radiometer approach with the time reversal technic. The second workpackage will be mainly devoted to manufacturing a complete imaging system.
From SPIDERS, MC2-Technologies expect to obtain a new technology of passive imaging system based on a Synthetic Aperture Interferometric Radiometer Architecture (SAIR) associated with the time reversal technic. The SAIR approach will offer new perspectives for hidden object detection on moving people up to 10m. The innovation developed in SPIDERS should provide a more compact technology with the capabilities to work in real time by providing high quality radiometric images up to 10m thanks to the image reconstruction based on numerical approach instead of mechanical scanning. The cost of the system will be also limited by the use of the time reversal technic.