SCINTILLA will hold its final public event on 11&12 December 2014 in Ispra (Italy) at the Joint Research Centre.
Member of the SPN? Interested in the enhanced detection of radioactive sources and nuclear material ? Expert in nuclear detection ?
Come along to discuss SCINTILLA final results, technology developments, testing and benchmarking outcomes as well as future perspectives in terms of R&D in the nuclear security !
Register online now by clicking here. Deadline to submit an abstract: 7 November 2014.
SCINTILLA builds on related research work in the Euritrack (FP6- IST-2002-188.8.131.52) project: this project, which is coordinated by CEA, the coordinating partner in SCINTILLA, and also involved SCINTILLA partner JRC, aimed at increasing the security of the seaports by developing a European Illicit Trafficking Countermeasures Kit to non-intrusively detect explosives or other threat materials concealed in shipping containers. The follow-up 2-year Eritr@C project, coordinated by CEA, extended then the EURITRACK system to improve the data analysis and transfer the technology to UE Custom Agencies. The project in particular helped better understand the specific requirements and constraints of DIRaSoNuMa usage cases in the case of containers.
Another highly relevant initiative is the FP7-SECURITY project UNCOSS that aims at providing tools for the non-destructive inspection of underwater objects mainly based on neutron sensor. The technology used has already been experimented for Land Protection (especially in the frame of the Euritrack project). The application of this technology for underwater protection will be a major achievement. The UNCOSS addresses the following topics: detection of dangerous materials (especially IED) and surveillance in wide maritime areas. The technologies for active neutron measurement - which are not covered by the SCINTILLA research in WP2 - will be of practical interest for many of the usage cases in WP1.
A highly important European initiative is ITRAP+10, an initiative launched by SCINTILLA Partner JRC and the EC DG for Justice, Freedom and Security. The experience of ITRAP is synergistic with the objective of building a sustainable worldwide DIRaSoNuMa community via the SCINTILLA Partnership Network and the SCINTILLA Technology Benchmark and Test-bed services. ITRAP+10 is carried out, in collaboration with IAEA and the US Department of Homeland Security, to make an evaluation and comparison of the performance of available detection equipment relevant to nuclear security. ITRAP+10 follows up on ITRAP, a similar initiative carried out between 1997 and 2000. It will cover a broad range of instrument families to be tested.