Universal Detection Technology, a developer of
early-warning monitoring technologies, has entered into an agreement with
Honeywell India to develop a radiation detector which would display radiation
data collected via Bluetooth to a smart phone.
The device is expected to measure elevated levels of
gamma radiation, transmit that data to a Bluetooth-ready smart phone, and give
the user the ability to share the accumulated data with others through mapping
and social networking features.
The device will be easy to use for everyday users but
also have the sensitivity to be utilized in the nuclear industry and HAZMAT
With the planned detection range of 0.001 to 9.999 ÂµSv/h
the device is expected to be capable of detecting traces of radiation on
surfaces, clothing and in particular food contamination, which has become an
increasing concern globally after the Fukushima disaster in Japan.
“The accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant
and the subsequent release of radiation exposed the unpreparedness of the
radiation detection industry with its outdated detection technologies,”
said Amir Ettehadieh, UNDT’s Director of R&D
The product is designed to detect radiation levels on
surfaces and food and to automatically send the collected data to a smart
phone. The instrument in development will utilize a Cesium Iodide (CsI)
scintillator for the detection of Gamma rays.
According to the agreement, any and all intellectual
property including any patents which may be filed will be the sole property of
Universal Detection Technology. Preliminary estimates are that the device would
be ready for commercial use in the second quarter of 2012.
“We plan to use our accumulated knowledge of the
CBRN industry and Honeywell’s excellent engineering expertise to bring one of
the most advanced handheld radiation monitors to market,” said Jacques Tizabi,
UNDT’s Chairman and CEO.
By Telecomlead.com Team