The Mobile-Integrated Nuclear Security Network, a new IAEA software tool, provides real-time radiation data on operations at high-traffic goods and passenger areas like seaports, land border crossings, and airports, which require nuclear security measures.
The Mobile-Integrated Nuclear Security Network (M-INSN) technology lets decision-makers utilize visual real-time radiation data to safeguard the public from nuclear or other hazardous incidents.
“The M-INSN is an excellent example of how science and technology can support countries to effectively, efficiently, and sustainably implement relevant nuclear security measures,” said Elena Buglova, IAEA Division of Nuclear Security Director. “It can help countries, especially those without sustainable means, command and control nuclear security operations.”
This secure communication system allows M-INSN administrators to directly access real-time radiation data and the exact location of users like security personnel and radiation experts who use detection equipment.
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It is vendor neutral, so any equipment can be incorporated into the user country-controlled software. Command centre computers track equipment status on an interactive map. Most nuclear security activities benefit from M-INSN’s radiation data collecting.
The M-INSN utility is free to governments and works with Windows and Linux PCs on cloud or non-cloud servers. Front-Line Officers use cellphones connected to radiation detectors via Bluetooth to send detector data to the M-INSN server. Smartphone M-INSN Apps securely send data to the user country’s server.
“M-INSN is a secure, vendor-neutral tool that works with any nuclear security electronic equipment, regardless of manufacturer. Users can customize alarm indications and language settings. Most crucially, all M-INSN access and configurations are totally controlled by the user country,” said Charles Massey, Senior Nuclear Security Officer at the IAEA Division of Nuclear Security.
M-INSN will add functionalities in the next months. M-INSN’s “heat mapping” feature automatically monitors radiation levels and alerts security staff to any elevated amounts. These include backpack-based radiation detectors, radioisotope identification devices, portable X-ray backscatter scanners, and more personal radiation detector makers.
M-INSN, along with the IAEA’s other tools like TRACE and PAAT, will help countries improve radiation detection operations in various scenarios.
Germany and the US provide cash and in-kind assistance for M-INSN.Nuclear security during significant public events
M-INSN goes beyond border radiation detection. M-INSN may greatly improve nuclear security at important public events like international sporting events to prevent nuclear or radioactive dangers. Early identification of nuclear and radioactive dangers is essential to event security planning.