dsr16 - sedet

Organisation: SEDET
Name: Gonzalo Fernández de la Mora
• DRS16-2014 “Improving the aviation security chain”
• FCT11-2014 “Countering the terrorist use of an
explosive threat across the timeline of a plot, including
the detection of explosives in a flow”
• BES-9-2014: “Technologies for inspection of large
volume freight”
Contribution as partner
Company description
• Company: SEADM, Morpho and CARTIF created in 2008 a Joint venture
(SEDET), aimed at development of explosive detection equipments,
• Product: Air Cargo Explosives Screener (ACES), able to screen explosives
while cargo is in “bulk” form, in particular complete trucks at the airport
• Advantages: ACES accomplishes two simultaneous goals: increase security
through a higher PoD than current technologies, and reduce screening costs and
delays to values well below present operations,
• Technology: Explosives Vapour Detection (EVD) based on the integration of
Differential Thermal Desorbtion (DTD), Secondary Electro Spray Ionization
(SESI), Differential Mobility Analysis (DMA), and API Tandem Mass
Spectrometry (API MS/MS),
• Development stage: Equipment in the certification process in EU Nations,
• Present performance: Minimum RDX detectable alarm: 0.03 ppq (parts per
quadrillion), equal to 3∙10-17 atm and 56 femtograms
SEDET potential contribution
Sedet is a leader in the field of explosive detection by means of vapour
analysis. Its contributions could be to develop a WP in the area of detection
of explosive or other chemicals:
• DRS-16.2014 requests “to prevent .. Dangerous items such as arms and
explosives”; “screen items/people at a distance”,
• FCT-11-2014 requests “detecting specific chemicals and/or bomb
factories and/or IEDs”, “focus on the optimal combination of several
existing technologies”,
• BES-9-2014 requests “evaporation based interrogation (e.g. mass
spectrometry at approximately femtogram/liter level”

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