Radio Physics Solutions Partners with NABIS to Further Standoff Weapon Detection Capability

February 13, 2014

National Ballistics Intelligence ServiceRPS

Manchester UK – Radio Physics Solutions (RPS) announced today a working partnership with NABIS (National Ballistic Intelligence Service) and a further breakthrough in RPS detection capability.

In recent independent product capability tests conducted by NABIS, in conjunction with Greater Manchester Police, at Manchester Metropolitan University, and further testing at a NABIS Laboratory at a classified Home Office location, RPS handheld and RPS extended range detectors alerted operators to positive firearm alerts when concealed 3D Composite firearms were introduced into a RPS weapon detection scenarios.

"This is the first viable and operational standoff weapon detector we have seen," stated Clive Robinson of NABIS. “We introduced firearms into several personal concealment scenarios, and on each occasion the RPS detectors alerted the operator to the presence of a concealed threat on both static and moving subjects. The device highlighted the location of the concealed item on the subject."

Mr. Robinson added, "One of the major concerns that many law enforcement and close protection agencies share at this time is the construction and stealth capabilities of composite weapons that can be manufactured on 3D Composite Model Printers. We introduced a composite weapon into a subject scan scenario, and the RPS detector alerted the operator to the presence of a positive firearm threat in less than one second. This is the first and only detector that we know to exist that can detect this format of firearm. The fact that RPS devices alert the operator of a threat from a standoff position of up to 25 meters is an especially compelling proposition".

"The simple and straightforward operation of these devices, is aided by an artificial intelligence within the system that determines the threat. These systems are a very significant breakthrough in the detection of concealed weaponry," concluded Mr. Robinson.

This series of tests conducted by independent subject matter experts in the field of firearm and ballistic science further validates the compelling proposition and unique abilities of RPS detection technology. The ability to detect both concealed firearms and suicide vest weaponry at standoff distances of up to 25 meters introduces a new layer of operational capability for police and security agencies world-wide. Specifically, this standoff separation increases critical reaction time allowing the operator to counter detected threats.

This latest validation of the standoff capability and intelligence of the RPS technology follows a series of comprehensive tests and operational input by the Metropolitan Police Service and the UK Home Office Centre for Applied Science and Technologies (CAST). RPS continuous development is in partnership with Centre for Sensing and Imaging Manchester Metropolitan University.

About NABIS 

As part of the task of reducing firearms criminality, the National Ballistics Intelligence Service has been created. The National Ballistics Intelligence Service mission is to implement an efficient system of work, based on best practice and supported by a complementary database, to meet the Operational and Business requirements for the UK Criminal Use of Firearms Strategy and Doctrine Development.

NABIS provides firearm related data, comprising for the first time a national database for all recovered firearms and ballistic material such as complete rounds of ammunition, shell cases and projectiles. The database also links those ballistics items to tactical intelligence recorded by the Police forces and other UK Law enforcement agencies.
The Service also delivers Police based Forensic capabilities to link firearms incidents.

Four regional facilities have been created to test fire, analyze and link firearms and materials to other incidents across the UK. These facilities provide fast time information on the submitted items but do not provide evidential products.

Evidential standard information and materials continue to be delivered by Forensic service providers, this repository of intelligence and evidence has been created to ensure turn around times within the facilities are kept to a minimum. This allows Senior Investigating Officers to access quick time intelligence essential within an investigation. The facilities use the latest equipment and are at the forefront of firearms forensic technology.

The NABIS Intelligence Cell is tasked with developing, understanding and disseminating both the strategic and tactical intelligence associated with the information within the NABIS Database as well as other intelligence sources connected to fighting firearms criminality.

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About Radio Physics Solutions 

Established in 2009, Radio Physics Solutions was founded after recognizing an opportunity to match technological progress in the electronic-semiconductor industry with the requirements of the expanding security and communications markets. As the electronic industry developed capability to mass supply components operating in the millimeter wave spectrum the opportunity was seized to utilize these innovative systems which enhanced performance and reduced costs of imaging, communication and detection products.

Radio Physics Solutions has strategically acquired a number of carefully selected, patented, system and sub-system technologies, which have been incorporated to deliver useful products for our target markets. Our products can make our world a safer place. Our mission is to use technology to deliver affordable, flexible security and communications, which can be deployed easily and effectively.

We proudly serve our customers worldwide from our Americas headquarters in Salem, New Hampshire and from our founding office based in South West UK.


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