The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) has given 1.4 million dollars to Passport Systems to go ahead with the Phase III (Integration & Test) of the Intelligent Radiation Sensor Systems (IRSS) Program.
In this Phase, Passport Systems plans to build a prototype wireless network that integrates the radiation detection devices available in the market with their detection, advanced networking, localization and identification algorithms. The design of this system was approved by DNDO during the completion of phase two.
Development of Phase III would span over nine months and the end products would be two test systems that are to be used in the IRSS advanced technology demonstration. These products would be handed over to DHS. After the completion of this phase, the last phase would be undertaken as part of the IRSS program. Successful completion of this program would translate to a 4.17 million dollar worth for Passport Systems. They have so far received 2.6 million dollars for phases one and two.
According to Dr. Robert Ledoux, President of Passport, considers the IRSS program as an opportunity for Passport to sharpen their expertise in active inspection technologies, data fusion, signal processing, algorithm development and sensor networking. He expects the government of U.S and private authorities to benefit from this program in being able to effectively detect and defuse radiological threats.