DHS taps Rapiscan for radiation detection system
- By Doug Beizer
- Jul 14, 2005
The Homeland Security Department has awarded a $2.7 million contract to Rapiscan Systems Inc. to develop a radiation detection system, according to company officials.
The award to Hawthorne, Calif.-based Rapiscan, a division of OSI Systems Inc., will be in two phases. The Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency awarded the project.
The technology is being designed to work as a standalone or in tandem with image-based screening technologies, such as the Eagle X-ray, which is operating in the Port of Baltimore.
The Rapiscan Radiological Threat Identification System is designed to automatically detect and identify radioactive material within cargo and vehicles using gamma-ray spectroscopic analysis. This method distinguishes between radiological threats and benign, naturally occurring materials, Rapiscan officials said.
As part of this multiphase, competitive-bid initiative, performance tests are scheduled to begin soon. The field will then narrow to the top three systems, followed by a large-scale acquisition.Doug Beizer is a staff writer for
Government Computer News' sister publication, Washington Technology
Doug Beizer is a staff writer for Federal Computer Week.