Fast and safe access in protected environments

# Record card
Thematic areas
Tourism, social sciences and cultural heritage / Archeometry
Tourism, social sciences and cultural heritage / Safety and security
Chemicals & Physics / Imaging & image processing
ICT & Electronics / Sensor/multi-sensor technology, instrumentation
ICT & Electronics / Optoacustic sensors, Optoelectronic devices
Chemicals & Physics / Atomic and molecular spectroscopy

We propose an optical technique for the fast check of the presence, on the exposed surfaces of persons and objects, of explosives and their precursors, or drugs, or in general materials which are not allowed in restricted environments: airports, courts, places of worship, etc. The technique yields bi-dimensional pictures, with exposure time of < 1 sec, reporting the target substances, and their locations and quantities. The technique already provided laboratory preliminary results, to be completed, and fully validated for sensitivity and selectivity. The device could be used stand-alone, or integrated in the microwave sensors for the detection of hidden dangerous objects.

Business fields
Type of innovation
Product / process innovation in integration with an already existing technology
Description of innovative features / Competitive advantages

The present techniques, yielding physical information (eg. metal detectors for ferrous materials, or radiofrequency detectors for blunt or cutting instruments) are used on all people crossing checkpoints. On the contrary, chemical detectors are used randomly, as they require sticking substrates, to be transferred to the analizer. These latter techniques are slow, and do not guarantee a full screening. Moreover, also the checked people are not fully inspected, but only on some points. The proposed technique allows a full chemical check on all people in transit, in very short time. As a perspective, when raising the acquisition speed, the technique could be applied on (slowly) moving people, so dramatically reducing the checking time. This improvement would allow new applications, such as crowded sport or music events.

Reference market
Incremental innovation
Impacts on existing markets
Creation of new markets
Development stage
New product/process/service/technology
Product/process/service/technology optimization
Patentable technology
Patented technology
Publication of technology
Market positioning
Partner required
Seed capital

For more information and/or to be put in contact with the Research Team, please contact the Project Manager:

Barbara Angelini - Project Manager
CNR - Unità Valorizzazione della Ricerca
Phone number 06.49932415