The ORTEC Detective-Remote software is a Windows®-based software application used in ORTEC’s radiological search systems. It can be used with ORTEC Detective-200 radionuclide identifiers, or other compatible ORTEC portable identification instrument models, to perform accurate radioisotope identification for multiple applications. The system can be deployed for a variety of applications including wide area searches, vehicle monitoring (roadways, bridges or tunnels), pedestrian monitoring, or as a high efficiency nuclide identifier with excellent standoff detection. Detective-Remote software offers a universal search tool that can be configured to meet almost any CONOPS requirement.
Informative User Interface
|Accurate Isotope Identification
- Not effected by changing NORM Backgrounds.
- Virtually no unidentified peaks.
- Definitive Identification – When HPGe identifies a source, it is an accurate ID.
- Flexible mapping capability to accurately locate the source.
- Excellent Resolution of HPGe (~40 times better than NaI).
- New Updated Algorithms.
- Comprehensive Library with 175 Radioisotopes.
- Improved Global Mapping.
|Enhanced Standoff Detection Distance
- Detect SNM Sources at greater distances.
- Much better at identifying shielded or masked radioisotopes.
- Perform wide area searches in less time with better results.
- Superior resolution of HPGe allows much better signal to noise ratio and better standoff detection distance.
- Tested and proven algorithms for HPGe based on extensive testing done with RIIDs and Portals.
|Easy To Use
- “One Click” built-in reporting capability automatically sends data to Reachback.
- Easily readable, color coded alarms for threats, innocent sources, and NORM.
- Easy to store data and replay previous surveys.
- System self calibrates and monitors its own state of health. No need to calibrate.
- Designed based on customer feedback and voice of the customer surveys.
- Easy to view screens and threat sources.
- Automatically stabilizes on K-40 background to ensure system is properly calibrated.
|Flexible Deployment Scenarios
- Can be deployed in a variety of configurations such as wide area searches, choke points, vehicle monitoring, pedestrian monitoring and clandestine applications.
- Detectors can be used in standalone mode (without the computer) and still ID sources.
- Configurable views provide customization to support various missions and CONOPS.
- Small size and weight of individual Detective products combined with software that can accommodate a multitude of configurations.
|Low Total Cost of Ownership
- System monitors and maintains its calibrations based on background K-40. No need for costly recalibrations.
- Fewer false positive alarms saves time and money by eliminating costly responses.
- Detects threats that other systems may miss, minimizing false negative alarms.
- Designed to be operated by non technical personnel.
- No periodic calibrations required.
- Designed to minimize false positive alarms.
- HPGe detectors provide better detection and identification of SNM threats.
Detective-Remote software is designed to be a simple to use application for operating hardware in mobile detection and identification applications. The system user interface is focused on three modes of operation, “Search”, “Stand-In”, and “Review”. Each mode of operation is slightly different but intentionally designed to support all phases of a nuclear search mission.
The Detective-Remote software application provides multiple levels of control and operation of the system. The standard configuration is “Search Mode” which is an easy user interface that monitors for radionuclides over several configurable integration times. The integration times can be set to accommodate multiple CONOPS where short and long count times may be required for a particular mission. The instrument collects one spectrum per second and runs the ID algorithm against a user selectable sliding average. This mode is more sensitive to sources which move relative to the instrument.
A Stand-In mode is also available in the Detective-Remote software to support longer acquisition times. The system collects a spectrum based on a long integration or acquisition time. This mode is ideal for operations that support interrogation or longer inspection times such as maritime searches or secondary scans.
A Review mode is available to provide users with a complete second by second timeline review of previously acquired surveys and searches. This mode is suitable for reviewing information about an alarm or event that requires adjudication.
Detective-Remote in Use, the Simple Operator Interface
The Detective-Remote software system is easy to use with minimal training required. The system automatically begins collecting data and analyzing information in real time. If an alarm limit is exceeded, an alarm notification occurs showing the alarm condition. All alarms must be acknowledged or they will persist.
Data Collection, Analysis, and Storage Surveys
The Detective-Remote system performs radiation surveys that identify the source of radiation, based on the radionuclide identification library. A survey is a record of all the spectroscopic data, location data (if a GPS is being used), and analysis results collected over a period of time.
Survey Data Capture and Analysis
Whenever the User Interface and Analysis programs are running, and the Instrument(s) are transmitting data, the system continuously monitors all of the radionuclides in the library, and posts IDs and alarms as appropriate.
Each Detective instrument is polled approximately once per second. As mentioned earlier the algorithm combines the data from multiple detectors for the most sensitive and accurate detection and identifications.
The survey database records the following for complete retrieval:
- Raw spectrum data from each detector, collected at least once per second.
- A list of the identifications that were present along with their confidence values and the combination of detectors and data integrators that produced each identification.
- The time and GPS coordinates associated with the data.
- Signal Index and Threat Index values.
Threat and Signal Indexes
In the measurements tab (below), the lower part of the display shows “Threat” and “Signal” Indices in order to alert the operator to changes in the gamma-ray flux below the alarm level that might otherwise go unnoticed in a survey.
The Threat Index is an indication of the current highest peak confidence level currently occurring for any of the nuclides designated as “threat” in the table of nuclides. The Signal Index is similar, but count rate related. A raised Threat or Signal Index indicates where stationary measurements or further investigations should be performed.
Real-Time Alarm Indicator
Each time an alarm is generated, an alarm ID and the corresponding alarm color are posted in the Event or Alarm window in chronological order.
The application also provides a user configurable “POP-UP” alarm dialog box along with audio indicating to the user that an alarm event has occurred. If multiple alarms are generated at one time, they are presented highest priority first.
Detective-Remote in Use, Global Mapping Solution
The Detective-Remote Software includes a universal open mapping capability designed to support nuclear search anywhere in the world. The mapping capability supports Vector, Raster, and Online maps.
Online and Offline Map Availability
Detective-Remote provides users the ability to operate with offline and online map images. This ability provides easy “on the fly” switching between locally hosted road maps, and online aerial images.
User Configurable and Selectable Map Solutions
A new Map Server solution is now available to customers to ensure the high quality mapping needed for many search applications is available. The mapping service provides a complete global map set that is updated on a regular basis, and automatically updates the Detective-Remote systems when changes occur.
Detective-Remote mapping service also provides users the ability to add Google, Bing, and ESRI maps through a simple configuration utility.
Real-time and Historical Map View Capability
Detective-Remote offers a simple search and data reviewing tool. The software leverages the simple mapping interface and provides the user with all measurement and alarm data as well as the mapping history of the search.
Alarm Icons, Breadcrumb Trail, Status
The Detective-Remote mapping solution is much more than a simple location of measurement data. It is a situational awareness tool to simplify a user’s mission. Users can monitor alarms, measurements, and the count rate information completely from the mapping tab. It is not necessary to watch multiple screens, making it easier for users to perform multiple tasks.
Zoom In and Out Capability Including Truncated Alarms
The Detective-Remote mapping capability includes a truncated alarm icon to support zoom in and out functionality. As alarms can be present in a single location or area as the map is zoomed out, an alarm icon with a corresponding number provides the user with a representation of the number of alarms that exist at that location.
Zone of Detection
Detective-Remote includes a new mapping capability that will provide users an additional visual awareness feature that aids in determining the direction or location of an alarm. The Detection Zone capability is a simple, but very effective way of Indicating to users an estimated area of a potential threat based on an alarm. As users continue to drive in a specific direction, the Detection Zone will continue to show the area of search.
Detective-Remote comes standard with an easy to use reachback process that enables users to quickly and easily send alarm information, spectroscopy data, and detailed parameters about the potential threat to fusion or command centers designated as reachback support service areas.
- Any alarm can be selected from the list of events and with a right click of the mouse or a touch screen selection will launch the reachback information form that the user can populate with his specific information about the alarm.
- All data and information associated with the alarm is packaged in a formatted email that can be sent to a pre-configured email address.
The integrated reachback process is designed to provide users with the ability to monitor, capture and send representative information about an alarm or suspect alarm with little to no typing for keyboard control.
- Users select the alarm from the event list
- Right click to run reachback
- A pre-configured form is opened for review by the user
- User presses “send”, and an email containing all of the spectra and associated information is sent to their pre-configured fusion center.
The reachback form is completely configurable and can contain specific information that an agency may want as part of their adjudication protocol.
The email containing the information required by the reachback personnel is simple and easy to recognize. The configuration supports multiple agencies operating in a single location.