Argon launches new spectrometer simulation probe

Argon Electronics launched its new spectrometer simulation probe on May 3, the RIIDEye-SIM-NaI-P, which simulates hazardous materials to safely train response teams for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats.

The new device uses the Thermo RIIDEye handheld Radiation Isotope Identifier without needing an ionizing radiation source and is based upon Argon's patented ultrasound and radio frequency identification devices technology.

The device replaces a real NaI detector because of its simulation capability, which keeps response teams safe during CBRN training. The device can identify Argon's GS3 gamma radiation simulation source, which can represent different nuclear isotopes such as Cs137.

The new probe is also PlumeSIM compatible, which allows it to offer radionuclide detection in both virtual table tops and large field exercises. The audio and visual alarm functions on the probe have data download capabilities and can be managed during simulation exercises as well.

The RIIDEye-SIM-NaI-P is powered by a separate rechargeable battery which requires no recalibration or maintenance, so it can be used for as long as the training exercises last. Argon also announced the launching of SAM940-SIM-NaI-P, an updated version of SAM940 hardware.

"The RIIDEye-SIM-NaI-P once [again] raises the quality bar for CBRN training exercises involving not just radionuclides but also specialist nuclear materials," Argon Electronics Managing Director Steven Pike said. "The simulator is compatible with other dosimeter, survey/radiacmeter simulators manufactured by Argon, permitting multi-detector, multi-isotope training to take place within the same scenario."