SpectroDrone – Detecting Explosives from a Safe Distance

SpectroDrone is the world’s first 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 – providing a world’s first drone-based explosive detection system.

By utilizing LDS’ laser based explosives detection payload, mounted on Airobotics’ automated multi-rotor drone system, SpectroDrone can detect explosives and other hazardous materials, in gas, liquids, powder or bulk form, from a distance of several meters from the threat. SpectroDrone can perform missions over an operational radius of up to 5 Km. In addition to the detection of dangerous materials, SpectroDrone can remotely analyze different materials which can be valuable in mining and other industries in real time.

LDS is unveiling the SpectroDrone this week at Israel’s HLS & Cyber Expo in Tel Aviv (15/16 November 2016). At the exhibition, SpectroDrone is displayed on Optimus – a high capacity drone system developed by Airobotics. In the SpectroDrone configuration, the Optimus drone can automatically detect and analyze explosives threats, hazardous compounds, and narcotics from a distance, in addition to its surveillance role, thus enhancing situational understanding real-time response to emergency situations. In addition to its other vision missions and capabilities. 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 Israel’s HLS & Cyber, “ said Eli Venezia, LDS President and chairman of the board. “We are also encouraged by the great promise our technology offers in commercial applications. Our groundbreaking laser detection system integrated on Airobotics’ Optimus drone – a unique, world-leading industrial drone, enables our two companies to create an innovative, integrated multi-mission solution addressing the growing market needs. It has a huge market potential in the defense and security markets.”

“When running security, emergency or surveillance missions at 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 Airobotics. “The next generation of security lies in introducing unique technological capabilities, which I believe LDS and Airobotics bring jointly to market.”

About LDS: Laser Detect Systems (LDS) is a world-leading developer of laser-based detection technology, based on advanced laser spectrometry techniques such as 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: 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, 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 world’s most complex industrial environments.

Notes to Editors:

SpectroDrone employs LDS’s latest development in remote, laser-based detection, packed into a payload system designed by Airobotics’ Optimus automated drone system. The SpectroDrone payload enables remote detection from a height or distance of few meters from the target, expanding the operational capability of unmanned, explosive detection missions using the Optimus drone operational radius of five kilometers.

The SpectroDrone payload operates automatically, by aiming and activating the sensor via remote control. Scan results are displayed within few seconds on the operator control unit or at the control center, thus increasing user safety and providing higher efficiency when scanning large areas with remotely operated or autonomatic systems.

Until now, detection techniques required the user to bring the sensor within few millimeters of the inspected material. SpectroDrone employs LDS’s patented standoff gated laser spectroscopy techniques, using in several laser wavelengths illumination, mainly via ultraviolet (UV) laser. This approach offers advantages in the detection of explosives not available by any other means. The new development has proved to detect a wide range of materials at distances of several meters.

About LDS Laser-Based Explosive Detection Technology:

SpectroDrone implements LDS’ patented, laser-based detection technology. The payload comprises multiple electro-optical assemblies comprising a laser range finder, high-resolution camera and a laser source emitting several wavelengths, all integrated with state of the art spectrometers which that operates LDS’s proprietary algorithm software package.

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.

For additional information, please contact

Eli Venezia
President & CEO – LDS
Tel: +972-3-970-5000

Email: eliv@lds.co.il
Website: laser-detect.com