Nov 14, 2016

Citywide test of DARPA’s radioactive threat detection system complete

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Not trying to throw stones; however, why didn’t they just connect with the DoE as they already (for 2 decades) had an real-time solution doing this type of tracking.

WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 (UPI) — The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has completed the first citywide assessment of its SIGMA radioactive threat detection system.

SIGMA is designed to aid defense personnel with responding to potential nuclear and radiological threats such as dirty bombs. The recent deployment test involved 1,000 detectors and over 100 mobile sensors, marking the largest demonstration of its kind in the program’s history.

“The SIGMA system performed very well, and we collected and analyzed a huge amount of streaming data as we watched in real-time as participants covered a large portion of D.C.,” DARPA program manager Vincent Tang said in a press release. “The data collected is already proving invaluable for further development of the system, and we’re excited that SIGMA is on track to provide U.S. cities an enhanced layer of defense against radiological and nuclear threats.”

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