Based on its recent analysis of the terahertz (THz) security systems market, Frost & Sullivan recognises Digital Barriers plc with the 2016 European Frost & Sullivan Award for Technology Innovation. Digital Barriers has tapped into the relatively unused THz frequency band of the electromagnetic spectrum to develop its ThruVision technology for detecting concealed threats in public spaces, transportation and borders.
“Several years of technology development in the field of sensing THz waves enabled Digital Barriers to identify the 0.25 THz frequency as the most appropriate frequency for detecting concealed objects including firearms, improvised explosive devices, illegal powders and liquids,” said Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Sumit Kumar Pal. “In due course, the company brought to market its THz security system, ThruVision, which can generate real-time images of the person being scanned. This compact, lightweight system can be easily deployed and operated, unlike traditional security scanning systems that are largely immobile.”
Traditional technologies have inherent disadvantages; for instance, X rays are intrinsically harmful, while millimetre (mm) wave scanners provide high resolution images with minute anatomical details of individuals. The ThruVision camera, on the other hand, passively senses THz waves in the far infrared range from the body of objects and humans and develops a heat map-based image. The amount of emissions depends on the temperature of individual materials and objects, and is used to differentiate different objects concealed under clothes. The real-time images can be viewed on-site as well as remotely, with various colour contrasting views.
Digital Barriers’ ThruVision technology (ThruVis) and associated products will find increased application in industries such as transportation security, event security, public spaces, retail, as well as people screening in airport security, customs and other homeland security areas. It has the ability to rapidly screen people while they are on the move at standoff ranges, so that the disruption to those being screened is minimal. With escalating security unrest in various parts of the world, ThruVis is expected to foster a more secure and safe environment in a multitude of settings.
The ThruVis product line consists of the TS4, TS4-C and TS5. While the TS4 has a range of 4-10 meters, the TS5 offers an extended range of 6 to 15 meters. The TS4-C aids full height body scanning at 3.5 meters and is aimed at high-profile sites. The sensors used in these systems are developed in-house and boast superior sensitivity and resolution. The advantages of ThruVis technology over traditional solutions include high detection rate, cost effectiveness as it requires no additional infrastructure, ease of use and faster response times. Moreover, the images generated do not stoke privacy concerns as no anatomical details are revealed.
Significantly, Digital Barriers have overcome the drawback of THz waves’ tendency to be affected by warm and humid environmental conditions. Owing to this, the company has already tasted success in Asia, winning clients in seven countries in this region in 2015.
“Digital Barriers, offers various solutions under the security umbrella including zero latency real-time wireless surveillance capabilities, wearable devices, cloud-based analytics, integrated surveillance solutions using radar and ground sensors and THz sensing,” noted Pal. “The company is focusing on providing complete solutions, instead of individual technologies; this focus on several associated technologies underscores its true visionary innovation.”
The company depends on in-house R&D for technology development and has a formidable research team comprising experts in a range of areas. The strong pedigree of the research team enables Digital Barriers to develop and integrate emerging technologies seamlessly into its solutions. This has gone a long way in helping Digital Barriers deliver holistic security solutions to a variety of industries.
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About Digital Barriers plc
Digital Barriers (digitalbarriers.com) provides visually intelligent solutions to the global surveillance, security and safety markets. We deliver zero-latency streaming and analysis of secure video and related intelligence over wireless networks, including cellular, satellite, IP mesh and cloud, utilising significantly less bandwidth than standard technologies.
Our rapidly-installed fixed and mobile solutions for covert, remote and wide-area deployments, as well as vehicle and body-worn applications, have been sold into more than fifty countries, and have been proven in some of the world's most demanding operational environments. We also provide advanced video content analysis and body scanning to identify safety concerns and threats in real-time.
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