The winner of the eleventh annual ADS Security Innovation Awards has been announced as Symetrica for its Discovery RPM – Radiation Portal Monitors. The award was presented to Heddwyn Davies, CEO of Symetrica, by the security minister John Hayes MP at a ceremony which took place at Farnborough.
Symetrica’s RPM increases operational efficiency when screening vehicles and cargo at ports and borders for radioactive threats. For primary screening, it reduces nuisance alarms by 84%, saves time by classifying radiation sources effectively and ensures that only necessary secondary investigation takes place.
Dutch Customs deploys Symetrica’s RPM at the Maasvlakte 2 extension to Rotterdam Port through the prime contractor, L3 Security Detection Systems. The RPM is built on Symetrica’s Discovery technology, deployed by the US Department of Homeland Security in the Smiths Detection RadSeeker.
On being presented with the award, Heddwyn Davies said: “Symetrica would like to thank the security minister and the ADS Security Innovation Awards Judging Panel for this important honour. This award recognises that Symetrica’s Radiation Portal Monitors have delivered a step change in effectiveness for advanced end users by delivering robust performance in challenging real world deployments.”
Davies added: “A common goal for Homeland Security Departments around the world – including those in both the US and the UK – is to improve capability and reduce cost. Symetrica’s technology protects national security while maintaining the flow of commerce and reducing operational cost by efficiently detecting, identifying and verifying radioactive threats.”
Key innovations across the UK’s security business sector
The annual ADS Security Innovation Award aims to identify key innovations across the UK’s security sector, recognising capabilities that provide new solutions for preventing, responding to, reducing the impact of or investigating risks.
Paul Everitt, CEO of the ADS Group, said: “Our award recognises innovation across the security sector and the strategic contribution it makes to national safety and prosperity. My congratulations to Symetrica. Not only does its Discovery RPM provide highly efficient and effective detection of radiation, but it also helps sustains high value, long-term jobs in the UK.”
Everitt went on to state: “The UK’s security sector is an international leader in developing solutions for public safety and security challenges. Annual turnover has more than doubled in the last five years to £8.5 billion, £3.4 billion of which is generated through exports. Meanwhile, productivity is 40% higher than the national average.”
More than 40 companies entered the 2016 awards scheme. That’s the highest number of applicants to date. In addition to the winner, there was one runner-up – namely 3rd Forensic Limited – and two businesses named in the highly commended category. The latter are Create Intelligence and Serco Group plc.