An EU-funded research team behind the OPTIX project has successfully developed and tested a portable device, which can detect extremely small quantities of explosives at a distance of up to 20 metres.
Thanks to lasers which can precisely identify the structure of explosives, the new device can scan objects such as cars, suitcases, or containers and pick up trace residue.
The new technology, backed by almost € 2.5 million in EU funds, is expected to provide police and security forces with an invaluable tool in the fight against bomb attacks. No other research project has to date achieved similar results.
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