FREEPORT, Bahamas, April 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Decision Sciences International Corporation (DSIC), a U.S. based advanced technology provider of security and detection systems, today announced it has recently completed the final phase of the five phase system characterization of its Multi-Mode Passive Detection System (MMPDS) located at the Freeport Container Port (FCP) in the Bahamas. The system testing was conducted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) under a contract awarded to DSIC to assess system readiness and effectiveness for the passive detection of unshielded to heavily shielded radiological and nuclear materials.
"This is a significant milestone for DSIC, and the global marketplace," said DSIC CEO Dr. Gene Ray. "It's the culmination of DNDO's multi-year test, evaluation and system characterization for the commercial deployment of our unique and groundbreaking scanning system."
MMPDS incorporates revolutionary technology capable of passively detecting, identifying and locating radiological and nuclear materials (shielded or unshielded) as well as explosives, narcotics and other contraband and anomalies in cargo containers, vehicles and other conveyances. As such, the MMPDS is uniquely capable of assisting in the fight against terrorism and illicit trade in the global flow of commerce.
In conjunction with test completion, Decision Sciences Chief Operating Officer Jay M. Cohen and The Honorable Tom Ridge, the first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, hosted a system demonstration and tour for security firms, shipping lines and government officials at FCP.
"Decision Sciences MMPDS offers a smart solution to address the myriad challenges associated with detection," said Secretary Ridge. "MMPDS provides the unique ability to effectively and passively protect any port of entry against smuggled goods, contraband, explosives, nuclear and radiological threats – even when heavily shielded – without impeding the flow of commerce and without harmful radiation."
Decision Sciences MMPDS, based on technology originally developed at the U.S. Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory, is capable of scanning all types of cargo containers, vehicles and rail cars and uses naturally occurring cosmic ray muons and electrons to safely and securely detect and locate potential threats hidden in cargo, cars and other conveyances.
"MMPDS is designed to support DNDO's objective of preventing nuclear terrorism with technology capable of rapidly scanning cargo and passenger vehicles for both shielded and unshielded nuclear threats at land and sea ports," said DSIC Chief Operating Officer Jay M. Cohen. "We are also pleased that since August 2012 our MMPDS has been operating without interruption at FCP – which is operated by Hutchinson Port Holdings, one of the world's leading port developers and operators."
Today's announcement follows on other company milestones including a recent U.S. Department of Defense contract award to build a new type of portable-electronics scanner for threat detection and the successful delivery of a detector and tube arrays to support the reclamation of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear complex in Japan.
"From protecting the world's ports, borders and transportation hubs to safeguarding critical infrastructure and the global flow of goods, our technology has broad reaching and disruptive applications that materially aid in the safety and security of global commerce and the world at large," said DSIC Chairman Stuart J. Rabin.
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About Decision Sciences
Decision Sciences is a technology company with headquarters in Virginia and an R&D center in California that brings together cutting edge science, hardware and software development, systems integration and manufacturing to improve the safety and security of the global community. Based on revolutionary and disruptive technology originally invented by physicists at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the commercially available Multi-Mode Passive Detection System (MMPDS) was then developed with considerable private sector investment and expertise. The MMPDS is a totally passive, safe, effective and automated scanning system for quickly detecting, locating and identifying unshielded to heavily shielded radiological and nuclear threats as well as explosives and other contraband and anomalies. Moreover, without slowing down the flow of commerce, the MMPDS uniquely satisfies the 100% scanning requirement recommended by the U.S. 9/11 Commission and later enacted into law by the U.S. Congress. The core technology inherent in the MMPDS also has wide ranging applications beyond the security arena, including in the medical, mining, energy and manufacturing industries and can facilitate the efficient collection and aggregation of significant amounts of previously unavailable data.
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