The challenge of advancing vehicle and container border crossing and acute infrastructure entrance security checks is of great importance in fighting terrorist smuggling, threats, and theft.
The IT service and consulting company, Atos, has reportedly announced that it will participate in the COSMIC European project which intends to create an advanced inspection system. The system will help to identify CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive) threats in shipping containers and ports. The project has secured around € 3.5 million funding as a part of the esteemed European research funding program, Horizon 2020.
Apparently, the risk of CBRNE components exploited by terrorists is a key concern for the European Union and worldwide security. These materials can be hidden and smuggled inside vehicles or containers.
As per reliable sources, since 1998, in the U.S. only, there have been over 1,300 reported incidents of lost, abandoned, or stolen devices comprising sealed radioactive supplies, with an average of 250 every year. The challenge of advancing vehicle and container border crossing and acute infrastructure entrance security checks is of great importance in fighting terrorist smuggling, threats, and theft.
Reportedly, COSMIC has proposed an innovative method to detect CBRNE materials enabling fast inspection of numerous vehicles and containers in crossing borders and in seaports, via a three-stage detection system utilizing a new set of advanced sensors. The idea behind the approach is to design a fast and reliable solution to release non-suspect containers quickly after each stage, and only the suspected containers will be forwarded to the next stage.
Apparently, Atos is accountable for the advancement of the COSMIC system. The system will allow the analysis of the outputs of different devices and sensors, and other data received from external sources, in every detection phase. The algorithms and software developed will administer and control both the sensors and data in order to deliver relevant decision-making to empower the CBRNE flow charts.