TEKEVER participates in anti-terrorist “bomb factory” project

. TEKEVER joins European consortium to fight terrorism
. First simulation is done this week in Stockholm

TEKEVER takes fundamental role in a four-year project to develop a state of the art sensor network capable of detecting hidden explosives devices in air and water. The sensors will detect chemical traces of explosive in order to provide early warning to security services and protect vulnerable urban populations from the threat of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), often used by terrorist organizations. After 3 years of intense development, this ground breaking system had its first full scale field test during a simulation last week in Stockholm.

The EU-funded project, Bomb Factory Detection by Networks of Advanced Sensors (BONAS), was brought about in response to the London bombings in 2005. It’s a €4 million project that brings together 14 teams from 9 countries in a four-year project.

“TEKEVER leads a key part of this project. We take the role of system integrators and are responsible for collecting sensor data in real time, fusing all the information to learn if indeed we’re detecting the presence of explosives, and ultimately sounding the alarm when the system detects a threat. At the same time, we keep the user informed and in complete control of the system through an advanced set of user-friendly interfaces. Were responsible for pushing the alarm button and saying: Yes, we must act”, said Ricardo Mendes, TEKEVER COO.

The consortium, led by the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, involves TEKEVER and a number of other European research centres and companies. The team comprises organizations from the entire value chain, from basic research to field deployment, assuring that the system not only involves the latest in detection and communication technologies, but is also built to the standards and requirements of public safety and security forces.

The concept behind BONAS is to build up a sensor network that will help to geo-locate the vicinity of a “bomb factory” by detecting traces of chemicals used in explosives production. The different sensors, deployed in sensitive locations and camouflaged, will focus on detecting particles, gases and other products that can be bought without specific authorizations and used for homemade explosive devices in the air and water.