Symetrica to begin supply of Radio Isotope Identifiers to Department of Homeland Security


The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will start receiving the first regular shipments of Smiths Detection RadSeeker featuring Symetrica’s OEM Discovery Technology Sub-System beginning this fall and will run into 2018.

This is part of a first major instalment of indefinite delivery / indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract given to Smiths Detection in January this year by the DHS Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) to deliver next generation radioisotope identifier (RID).

The Discovery Technology Sub-Systems and RadSeeker units will be manufactured at Symetrica’s facility in Maynard, Massachusetts. These units will be deployed with US Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

Symetrica notedd that the product, RadSeeker is an innovation following several years of collaboration between Smiths Detection and Symetrica’s research. The company claimed that the next-generation RIID is suitable for secondary screening, small area search and rapid mobile identification. RadSeeker offers its users quick, simple and specific information to assess threats.

Symetrica claimed that the Discovery Technology at the heart of RadSeeker offers best-in class identification of threat materials in shielded, masked or concealed situations by combining several advanced spectrum processing and identification algorithms along with state of the art detectors with automatic stabilisation and calibration. The RadSeekers do not require any annual maintenance.

Symetrica general manager Matthew Dallimore said: “This is a significant milestone for Symetrica and our advanced Discovery Technology that is at the core of Smiths Detection’s RadSeeker.

“It is the culmination of several years of collaborative development and a strong acknowledgement that our technology is at the leading-edge of radioactive threat detection.”

Smiths Detection North America Sales & Business Development vice president Rob Ledenko said: “We are excited to see this contract move into the shipment phase and we recognise the significant contribution of the Symetrica team and their best-in-class technology in making RadSeeker a reality.”