The European Commission has awarded the CHEQUERS project approximately $3.75 million to develop anti-terrorism technology, including a detection device for explosives, an Optics.org report said on Monday.
The project brings together several European companies and experts in the fields of laser technology, law enforcement and research personnel. Companies and organizations that are part of the project include German and United Kingdom branches of Fraunhofer Research, Vigo System of Poland, the German Federal Criminal Police Office (Bundeskriminalamt), Kite Innovation of the U.K. and M Squared Lasers from Scotland.
“The potential application for this technology is huge; the ability for us to detect explosives and chemical-warfare agents for the security sector, and even potentially catastrophic leaks in the oil and gas industry, could save many lives in the future," Nils Hempler, M Squared Lasers' head of innovation business, said. We aim to make this technology widely accessible to a range of emerging markets.”
Work will begin on the project this month and will run for 3.5 years. It is supported by the European Commission's Horizon 2020 initiative.
"Collaboration with these research partners will provide useful and relevant input to support the development of practicable and user-friendly devices, which CHEQUERS seeks to create,” Rasmus Schulte-Ladbeck, a forensics expert at Bundeskriminalamt, said.