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Innovations in Autonomous Monitoring, Nuclear Scanning, Threat Detection, and Disaster Recovery

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Published: 14 Apr 2017

This issue of Homeland Security TOE covers recent developments in autonomous monitoring, nuclear scanning, threat detection, and disaster recovery. Innovations profiled include a smart dust technology for autonomous monitoring by Defendec Inc., automated cargo and nuclear material scanning systems by Passport Systems Inc., breakthrough in terahertz technology for detecting hazardous hostile threats by the National University of Singapore (NUS), an artificial intelligence-based image analyzing system for surveillance application by Hitachi Ltd., a mobile app for public safety by Reporty Homeland Security Ltd., an unmanned real-time radiation detection system by Imitec, a disaster recovery solution for data centers by Datto, and a sensor to detect debris on runway by Xsight. The Homeland Security TechVision Opportunity Engine (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: Disaster management, disaster recovery, data recovery, smart dust, nuclear scanning, artificial intelligence for surveillance, terahertz, unmanned radiation detection

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