CBRNE includes chemical, biological, radiation, nuclear and explosive threats. This issue of Homeland Security TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) focusses on counter CBRNE technologies and provides notable industry initiatives, convergence opportunities and key patents. Innovations profiled include a long range detection technology of trace gases and aerosols developed by MIT, a bio-threat detection device, handheld spatially offset Raman spectroscopy, a cloud based autonomous agent platform for CBRN sensors, a mobile CBRN surveillance solution, a wearable chemical detection armband, and a powder screening solution for biowarfare agents. The issue also talks about a project to develop chemical detection systems using active infrared spectroscopy.
The Homeland Security TOE captures global innovations and developments related to homeland security on a monthly basis. Technologies enabling security segments, including incident management, border security, CBRNE, disaster management, cybersecurity, first responders, critical infrastructure protection, maritime security, food security, personal protective equipment, and airport security are captured in this TOE.
The need for low power, smaller, lighter sensors with enhanced performance attributes and minimal false alarms is driving innovations in the sensors space. The Sensors and Control cluster covers innovations pertaining to technologies such as wireless sensors and networks, energy harvesting, haptics and touch, MEMS and nanosensors, terahertz, ubiquitous/smart sensors, CBRNE, quantified-self, sensor fusion, M2M communications, and drones.
Keywords: CBRNE, dynamic photoacoustic spectroscopy (DPAS), active infrared spectroscopy, bio threat, spatially offset Raman spectroscopy (SORS), surveillance, powder screening, wearable chemical detection armband