Airborne Plume Detection

Industrial accidents, wildfires, and terrorist attacks can all take the form of hazardous airborne plumes. Because of these plumes, this can jeopardize the health of people caught in their path. Early detection and real-time monitoring of the location and intensity of such plumes is possible due to small, low-cost chemical sensors. Such sensors often deploy in difficult locations to reach, and so must be able to operate for long periods without calibration or maintenance.

 

Nano Gas Technologies

NevadaNano’s Molecular Property Spectrometer™ (MPS™)—a robust, low-cost, silicon-chip-based sensor platform—is well-suited for ubiquitous deployment across large areas, such as cities or large facilities. Such deployments can be fixed or mobile. In recent work for the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force, NevadaNano is collaborating with robot experts at the University of Utah to demonstrate the use of the MPS™ aboard quadcopters. The systems autonomously avoid obstacles while conducting real-time chemical mapping of airborne chemical plumes. System data will wirelessly relay information to a central command post to provide real-time, actionable intelligence.

 

Benefits of MPS™

A deployed matrix of MPS™ sensor modules is a smart way to track a broad spectrum of hazardous chemicals using Nano gas technologies—enabling myriad applications in military reconnaissance, surveillance, law enforcement, hazardous waste inspection/removal, search and rescue operations, and remote sensing and mapping.