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A Dutch SME offers an ultraviolet reflectivity-based trace detection technology to detect the presence of traces of specified materials on the surfaces of objects.

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A Dutch SME developed an ultraviolet spectroscopy technology to detect material traces having a unique spectroscopic fingerprint. The technology detects traces in the sub-promille range within a typical detection time of 3 seconds. Many fingerprints are available in a library. The SME seeks partners in the industry interested in trace detection to develop specific instruments based on this spectroscopy method. The SME looks for a technical cooperation agreement.



A Dutch technology incubator was founded in 2010 and has a primary focus on industrial companies interested in detecting traces of specified materials having a unique spectroscopic fingerprint.
The Dutch SME offers an ultraviolet spectroscopy technology to detect traces of materials that can be compared with a wide variety of materials having a specific fingerprint that are stored in a database. The database grows and can be customised.

The patented technology is based on differential reflection spectroscopy. A broadband ultraviolet light source is used to illuminate the surface to be scanned. Then the reflected light is collected by a mirror before being directed into an imaging spectrograph. The optical signal is captured by a digital sensor, which translates the reflected light signal into a binary information package that is analyzed by a computer. The results are presented in the form of a visual and audio digital format.

How does this technology work?
To put it simply, the difference is measured between the reflected light from two different areas on a surface. After subtracting the signal collected from the two different areas, the difference is compared to a library using an algorithm. Since each substance has its own unique pattern, chemicals of interest on surfaces can be identified by this method.

Several distinct markets have been identified where the ultraviolet reflectivity based detection technology has a potential application.
Examples of application markets to trace detection of explosives and narcotics are:
- ‘Check-in’ and ‘carry-on’ luggage (shoe, luggage and parcel scanners at airports and public buildings).
- Distribution centres for parcels and cargo.
- High populated areas (stadiums, public transport, terminals, and so on).
- On-site investigation with portable scanners.
- Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) and land mine detection (military).

The Dutch SME works in close cooperation with several partner companies to offer new product-market-combinations of high-resolution detectors.

The Dutch SME looks for partners to develop new applications.
The Dutch SME is interested in a technical cooperation agreement with system integrators or manufacturers of applications based on the ultraviolet reflectivity detection technology.
The Dutch SME offers the ultraviolet spectroscopy based screening technology and the database with the fingerprints. The output can be integrated with sorting machines and other devices.
The partner is desired to be the system integrator or the manufacturer of the application using the screening technology.

Advantages & innovations

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The most important advantages and innovations are: - The detection of traces of specified materials with a unique fingerprint (for example narcotics, explosives, …..) in the sub per mille range within a typical detection time of 3 seconds. - Many essential illicit materials are in the library. The library grows and materials can be added and banned on customer request. - Non-invasive 100% screening. - Automated in line operation and high throughput. - Seamless integration of the sensing module and the output can be integrated with sorting machines and other devices. - No use of consumables. - Return on investment in less than 1 year. - The SME has been involved in various national and European research and development projects and built up its network with applied research institutes in Germany and the Netherlands, specialized component companies, start-ups as well as established companies and high-end system suppliers.

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Already on the market

Partner sought

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Type of partner: Industry Field of activity of partner: A system integrator or manufacturer of applications based on a screening technology with a tailor-made database of spectroscopic fingerprints. Role of the partner: The partner is desired: 1. To be the system integrator or the manufacturer of the application using the screening technology. 2. To have access to the market or the network of endusers in the application sector. The Dutch SME is the co-developer of the application and offers the ultraviolet spectroscopy screening technology module and desired output that can be integrated with sorting machines and/or other devices. The main interest of the Dutch SME is focused on technical cooperation projects with above described system integrators or manufacturers interested in using the screening technology.

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SME 11-50,SME <10,251-500,SME 51-250,>500