LDS Unveils the SpectroDrone: Drone-Operated, Laser-Based Explosive Detection System

SpectroDrone is the worlds first sensor system capable of detecting explosives, Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and other chemical compounds from a safe, standoff distance.

Following extensive testing in the laboratory and in the field, Laser Detect System (LDS) Ltd. is unveiling SpectroDrone - the worlds first drone-based explosive detection sensor.

Utilizing LDS laser-based explosive detection system, SpectroDrone detects explosives and other hazardous materials, in gas, liquid, powder or bulk form, at a distance of several meters from the threat. SpectroDrone can perform such missions over an operational radius of up to 3 Km. In addition to the detection of dangerous materials, SpectroDrone can remotely analyze different materials in real time, fulfilling essential role in mining and other industrial operations.
LDS is unveiling the SpectroDrone this week at Israels HLS & Cyber Expo in Tel Aviv (15/16 November 2016). At the exhibition, SpectroDrone is displayed integrated on the Airobotics Optimus drone - a high capacity multi-mission multi-rotor drone.
In this new configuration SpectroDrone automatically detects and analyzes explosives materials and IEDs, hazardous compounds, and narcotics from a distance, in addition to its surveillance role, thus enhancing situational understanding and real-time response to emergency situations. The SpectroDrone payload can also be mounted on ground robots and in fixed operation such as LDS SPHERE vehicle inspection systems.
"We are very excited to unveil this innovative solution for security and anti-terror applications at Israels HLS & Cyber," said Eli Venezia, LDS founder, and President, "We are also encouraged by the great promise our technology offers for commercial applications."
"When running security, emergency or surveillance missions in an industrial environment, the ability to dynamically and swiftly replace payloads, as well as introduce new innovative ones, is a real step forward," says Ran Krauss, CEO, and Co-Founder of Airbotics. "The next generation of security lies in introducing unique technological capabilities, which I believe LDS and Airbotics bring jointly to market."
LDS Laser-Based Explosive Detection Technology:
SpectroDrone implements LDS patented, laser-based detection technology. The payload comprises multiple electro-optical assemblies comprising a laser source emitting several wavelengths, laser range finder and high-resolution camera - all integrated with state of the art spectrometers which that operates LDSs software package and proprietary algorithms.
This algorithm enables to achieve the sensitivity required for remote operation, increasing the probability of accurate detection while reducing false negative and false positive detection rates, bringing detection performance level to that of laboratory equipment.
About LDS:
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Laser Detect Systems (LDS) is a world-leading developer of laser-based detection technology, based on advanced laser spectrometry techniques including Raman, fluorescence, and LIBS. Utilizing this technology, LDS has patented and commercialized ground-breaking systems for homeland security, law enforcement, military and environmental safety. These systems enable real-time sensing of a variety of materials which have a distinct spectral signature even in remote operation. These include explosives, narcotics, chemicals, biological substances, and other hazardous materials as well as different mineral materials.
About Airobotics:
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Airobotics has developed an unmanned drone solution, the first of its kind in the global market. Airobotics provides an end-to-end, fully automatic solution for collecting aerial data and gaining invaluable insights. The industrial grade platform is available on-site and on-demand, enabling industrial facilities to access premium aerial data in a faster, safer, more efficient way. The team at Airobotics fuses expertise in aerospace hardware design, robust electronic systems, leading software engineering, and years of experience in commercial drone operations. This varied experience has allowed them to design a solution suited to address the needs of the worlds most complex industrial environments.

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