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Government Security News January 2017 Digital Edition

Government Security News January 2017 Digital Edition. Available on the GSN Magazine Website at

LMR, the Mercedes Benz

LMR, the Mercedes Benz Superdome, residents living and working in Uptown and the Central Business District (CBD), visitors in the French Quarter, and transportation on the LMR. In 2008 a tanker collided with a barge near the Port of New Orleans, releasing over 419,000 gallons of diesel, and interrupting transportation of commerce on the LWR for 11 days. In 2010 the Aspen Institute, and the Ford Foundation, conducted a vulnerability assessment at Tulane University to calculate the economic consequences of the interruption of transportation of commerce on the LWR. Because the LMR provides transportation for over 45% of all U.S. energy products and over 60% of all U.S. commerce, the study concluded that interrupting the transportation of commerce on the LWR costs the domestic economy over $275 million per day, and international commerce over $500 million each day. The release of common diesel in 2008 cost the domestic economy over $3 billion and international commerce over $6 billion. But without the capability to detect and identify secondary chemical releases and their sources, the collision at the Port of New Orleans could have been much worse. The tanker had just uploaded approximately 3 million Bruker RAPID (Remote Air Pollution Infrared Detector) The fixed standoff chemical detector uses an FTIR (Fourier Transform Infrared) sensor and a video camera. RAPID monitors chemical threats and risks from an elevated platform. December 2, 2016 RFLM Field Demonstration gallons of Styrene monomer, which can violently react with itself, known in chemistry as “autopolymerization”. If the Styrene monomer had “autopolymerized”, the tanker would have exploded, causing extensive collateral damage, and closed the LMR even longer. RAPID would have detected both diesel and Styrene monomer simultaneously, and directed emergency responders to the primary chemical threat, Styrene monomer, 8 Video camera FTIR sensor Fig. 1: Bruker RAPID 1 providing the source of both releases for quick response. If RAPID determines the source of a hazardous chemical release is on land, from rail, trucks, or chemical facilities on the river, the Captain of the Port may elect not to close the LMR, saving the domestic economy over $275 million per day and international commerce over $500 million per day. Below is an interactive screenshot of the video (click to view) of the December 2 field demonstration in which Sulfur hexafluoride (SF6), an inert gas, was released at the Emergency Operations Center approximately 300 yards away from the Bruker RAPID. The RAPID FTIR standoff chemical sensor uses proprietary software to colorize chemical releases, allowing emergency responders and managers to visually determine the source as well the dispersion of chemicals from Click to view video of the December 2 field demonstration

up to 3 miles away in any direction. In the RAPID video a yellow dot in a surveillance box highlighted in blue progresses from right to left and then down, representing surveillance by RAPID as it scans the selected area. The small box on the lower right represents what the video camera is seeing as it moves from left to right with the FTIR chemical sensor. RAPID detects and identifies the location of the release of SF6, dispersing to the southwest (left in the video). SF6 appears in yellow at the top of the screen, and is highlighted in yellow at the bottom of the screen as one of a list of toxic industrial chemicals (TICs) in the RAPID library. Within 6 seconds, the color of SF6 changes to red, indicating an increased confidence in detection and identification. SF6 appears in a red circle in the alarm box and also changes color to red in the chemical library at the bottom of the screen. blob:https%3A// f8dd-4b56-8c7c-5daf421140a9 Another demonstration was conducted using an industrial grade of Freon used to clean computer keyboards. Three additional chemicals in the Freon-based cleaner were autonomously detected and identified by RAPID and were visible as they dispersed. RAPID can be programmed to follow dispersion into selected areas. As soon as chemicals are detected and their sources identified, a single portable chemicals sensor is deployed to the source of the release to both confirm chemical-specific identification and provide measurement in sub parts per million. The ERT chemical security network is being deployed at fixed locations and portable on maritime emergency response vessels on water and in SUV vehicles on land. “We aim to protect property, and provide peace of mind by providing remarkable perimeter security products and unrivaled service.” EMILY SULLIVAN 11 years • Mission Critical Business Development We know people make the difference for your business and ours. Our experienced team thrives on providing the products and service that lead to total perimeter security solutions. AMERISTARSECURITY.COM | 888-333-3422 9