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Kromek launches ‘world’s smallest’ detection device

A worldwide supplier of detection technology based in the North East has launched a new radioisotope identification device (RIID).

Kromek Group’s D5 RIID is billed as the world’s smallest performance radioisotope identification device.

Developed under a US Department of Defence programme, The D5 has an ultra-low false alarm rate and has been designed for military, homeland security and industrial use.

It can detect a wide range of sources, including special nuclear material and mixed, shielded and heavily masked configurations.

It is the first device to be launched in Kromek’s new D5 product range, which expands the Group’s radiation detection portfolio to encompass devices specifically designed for more challenging use cases and harsh environments.

The product also has a larger crystal, which enables higher accuracy and sensitivity – capable of detecting mixed, shielded and heavily masked configurations including special nuclear material – as well as being ruggedised.

Dr Arnab Basu, CEO of Kromek, said: “We are delighted to have launched the D5 RIID, which truly sets a new benchmark in radioisotope identification.

“The level of accuracy, combined with small size, far exceeds competing military standard detectors, enabling the rapid identification of radiological threats.

“As the first of our new D5 range, this device expands our portfolio to provide products ideal for use in harsh environments and for more challenging applications alongside our existing D3 solutions that are aimed at fleet deployment for large-scale networking across urban areas.

“We are proud to be continuing to drive innovation in this crucial area to enable rapid, informed decisions to be made in response to a radiation threat wherever it may appear.”