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.