The winner of the eleventh annual ADS Security Innovation Award has been announced as Symetrica for their Discovery RPM – Radiation Portal Monitors.
The Award was presented to Heddwyn Davies, CEO of Symetrica by the Security Minister, the Rt Hon John Hayes MP at a ceremony which took place at Farnborough this week.
Symetrica’s RPM increases operational efficiency when screening vehicles and cargo at ports and borders for radioactive threats. For primary screening, it reduces nuisance alarms by 84%, saves time by classifying radiation sources effectively and ensures only necessary secondary investigation takes place.
Dutch Customs deploys Symetrica’s RPM at the Maasvlakte 2 extension to Rotterdam Port through the prime contractor, L3 Security Detection Systems. The RPM is built on Symetrica’s Discovery Technology®, deployed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in the Smiths Detection RadSeeker™.
On being presented with the Award, Heddwyn Davies said: “Symetrica would like to thank the Security Minister and the ‘ADS Security Innovation Award’ judges for this important honour. This Award recognises that Symetrica’s Radiation Portal Monitors have delivered a step change in effectiveness for advanced end users by delivering robust performance in challenging real world deployments.
“A common goal for Homeland Security Departments around the world – including the US and UK – is to improve capability and reduce cost. Symetrica’s technology protects national security while maintaining the flow of commerce and reducing operational cost by efficiently detecting, identifying and verifying radioactive threats.”
The annual ADS Security Innovation Award aims to identify key innovations across the UK’s security sector, recognising capabilities that provide new solutions for preventing, responding to, reducing the impact of, or investigating risks.
Paul Everitt, Chief Executive of ADS Group said: “Our Awards recognise innovation across the security sector and the strategic contribution it makes to national safety and prosperity. My congratulations to Symetrica; not only does their Discovery RPM provide highly efficient and effective detection of radiation but it helps sustains high value, long-term jobs in the UK”
“The UK’s security sector is an international leader in developing solutions to public safety and security challenges. Annual turnover has more than doubled in the last five years to £8.5bn, £3.4bn of which is generated through exports, meanwhile productivity is 40 per cent higher than the national average.”