LGS Innovations wants to make detecting hazardous materials safer and easier, and is right now working to develop a laser gun that can do the job.
This is under an $11.2 million contract with the U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) in support of a program the company announced in mid-April called SILMARILS — Standoff Illuminator for Measuring Absorbance and Reflective Infrared Light Signatures.
LGS, a Herndon-based research and development shop, will look to harness the power of infrared beams to help soldiers, law enforcement personnel and forensics experts detect harmful biological, chemical and even nuclear agents from more than 100 feet away.
This will be done using what will eventually look like the handheld scanners you find at the grocery store.
“The problem with the current technology is a human has to be present or a robot has to be present to take a sample,” said Kevin Kelly, CEO of LGS. “The beauty of a system like this is from 100 feet away you can point the device and look at a handheld display and it will tell you what chemicals are there, so it’s much safer for sampling and surveillance.”
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