LOS ANGELES, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 12/12/11 -- Universal Detection Technology (www.udetection.com) (OTCBB: UNDT), a developer of early-warning monitoring technologies that protect against biological, chemical, and radiological threats, announced today that that it has entered into an agreement with Honeywell India (a unit of Honeywell International) to develop a radiation detector which would display radiation data collected via Bluetooth to a smart phone. The product is designed to detect radiation levels on surfaces and food and to automatically send the collected data to a smart phone.
The instrument in development will utilize a Cesium Iodide (CsI) scintillator for the detection of Gamma rays. Cs(I) scintillators are the most sensitive detection mechanisms for detecting Gamma radiation. The instrument will be sensitive enough to measure normal radiation levels to 100 to 200 times that intensity. With the planned detection range of 0.001 to 9.999 µSv/h the device is expected to be capable of detecting traces of radiation on surfaces, clothing and in particular food contamination, which has become an increasing concern globally after the Fukushima disaster in Japan.
The device is expected to measure elevated levels of gamma radiation, transmit that data to a Bluetooth-ready smart phone, and give the user the ability to share the accumulated data with others through mapping and social networking features. The device will be easy to use for everyday users but also have the sensitivity to be utilized in the nuclear industry and HAZMAT crews. Preliminary estimates are that the device would be ready for commercial use in the second quarter of 2012.
Traces of radioactive Cesium thought to be from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant were detected in Japanese baby formula early in December as concerns about food safety continue almost nine months after the accident. Since the Fukushima Daiichi plant was heavily damaged by the tsunami that followed the March 11 earthquake, radioactive particles have made their way into vegetables, beef, fish and Japan's staple, rice.
The new device will be owned and marketed by Universal Detection Technology, under its brand.