Dr. Robert McFadden, a scientist and veteran of radiation safety in Canada, and his partner Chris Clarke have spent the last several years convincing the anti-terrorism community that small, gray “tubes” connected to a gray metal box can help prevent a major terrorist attack.
Although the mailbox-sized device and sensors look nondescript, the technology is world-class and can be deployed as a system to detect a “dirty” bomb in an airport, a harbor, a train station or over any large area, and alert security responders to a threat in near real time.
The need for this type of device was brought into sharp focus following the attacks on the London Underground and bombings on trains in Madrid, Spain. Had a dirty bomb — an explosive device that disperses harmful amounts of radiation — been the weapon of destruction, the severity of each attack would have been exponentially more devastating and the cleanup far more expensive and time consuming.
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