APPLICATIONS OF TECHNOLOGY:
- Identifying radioactive sources
- Mapping contamination in the event of radioactive dispersal
- Automates and expands the process of localizing radioactive materials
- Maps radiation sources humans cannot reach safely
- Eliminates need for a remote processing server or computer
- Easily integrates with a variety of radiation sensors
A Berkeley Lab research team has developed the multi-sensor Localization and Mapping Platform (LAMP) 2.0 to create 3-D models of radioactive environments in real time.
The LAMP 2.0 system combines an onboard computer, light detection and ranging (LiDAR) data, visual cameras, inertial measurement unit (IMU) data, and GPS technology to collect and process environmental characteristics. LAMP 2.0 can also be designed to assemble data in a handheld configuration or on a small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). The LiDAR sensors on the UAV are mounted horizontally, which optimizes imaging performance. This package incorporates high fidelity visual sensors and gamma-ray sensors to perform imaging and radiation detection simultaneously. This arrangement also easily integrates with a variety of other radiation sensors, including rad sensors, alpha detectors, and neutron detectors.
Gamma-ray measurements are traditionally done by hand and map only one specific kind of radiation, but the Berkeley Lab LAMP 2.0 method automates detection of radioactive materials in a scene, therefore limiting costs and complexity by offering real-time processing. The system can also be adapted to utilize UAVs to rapidly detect radiation in areas too dangerous for human activity. Onboard computer processing makes LAMP 2.0 self-sufficient in creating 3-D scene models, speeding up detection and removing the need for remote processing servers or computers.
STATUS: Available for licensing or collaborative research.
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