Needham Heights, MA (PRWEB) May 12, 2012
Polestar Technologies (http://polestartech.com/), a leader in optical sensor research and technology development, recently won a $2.5M government contract from the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Deterrent Organization (JIEDDO) to develop a system for the stand-off detection of explosives hidden on a person. This system could be used for scanning people at entry points in airports, sporting events, concerts, or any place where large crowds gather and might be a target for a terrorist. The lead for this sensor program is Polestar Technologies' Senior Vice President of Research and Technology, Dr. Ranganathan Shashidhar, an internationally recognized expert in sensor technology development. According to Dr. Shashidhar, “Our explosive sensing technology takes advantage of the latest advances in signal processing and will greatly enhance security in public places.” This is an accelerated program, with a goal of having working prototypes delivered to JIEDDO within 15 months.
Polestar Technologies’ R&D programs, which focus on optical sensor technologies, have grown significantly over the last few years. Previous government contracts with NASA and NIH supported the development of oxygen (O2) and pH sensors that Polestar then modified for the commercial market. Subsequently, Polestar developed a carbon dioxide (CO2) sensor. Today, Polestar offers the only 3-in-1 monitoring system for measuring O2, pH, and CO2 simultaneously, and the system is used in the biopharmaceutical, food and beverage, brewing, bio-fuel, environmental, and pure water markets.
Polestar Technologies was founded in 1993 to conduct contract research for NIH, NASA, DARPA and other government agencies. The company has successfully applied an array of advanced technologies to solve difficult problems, often through collaboration with universities and national laboratories. Polestar’s sensor products are the direct result of that research and are used by Fortune 100 companies worldwide. Polestar continues to perform critical research and technology development for the Department of Defense and other government agencies and develops new sensor products for the global marketplace. For more information, please visit: http://www.polestartech.com/