Sniffer for concealed people discovery
Start date: 2014-01-01 End date: 2016-12-31
Total Budget: EUR 2.605.285,00 INO share of the total budget: EUR 281.878,00
Scientific manager: Sberveglieri Giorgio and for INO is: Ponzoni Andrea
Web Site: Visit Organization/Institution/Company main assignee: Università degli Studi di Brescia
other Organization/Institution/Company involved:
KEMEA – Center for Security Studies
Università degli Studi di Brescia
Università degli studi di Roma Tor Vergata
The SNOOPY project aims to the development of a handheld artificial sniffer system for customs/police inspection purposes, e.g. the control of freight containers. The artificial system should be able to seek hidden, living persons. The instrument consists of a vapor sampling pump unit, an enrichment unit, a desorption unit, a detection unit (sensor array) and an alarm indicator unit. Different kinds of sensors will be used together with pattern recognition software, so that each target can be detected as selective as possible. The sniffer instrument will be benchmarked towards dogs and towards ion mobility spectrometry.
Most of human odors are produced by the skin. Human odor results from the combined action of both the skin glands and the bacterial populations localized at skin surfaces, which live by metabolizing and transforming organic compounds that they are able to absorb on the skin surface. The identification and the detection of this particular molecules is the fundamental point of the development of SNOOPY instrument.
The SNOOPY sniffer will be:
1) portable, thanks to the use of low-weight, small size and low-power consumption technologies;
2) suited to work in a 24/7 way;
3) able to recognize the presence of hidden people;
4) Equipped with a small pipe to collect odors in proximity of small apertures;
5) user friendly: the user will receive a direct information and him/her will not be required to have scientific or technical competences to interpret the instrument display.
The instruments will be used together with K9-Units to identify the complementarity of the two approaches.
INO’s Experiments/Theoretical Study correlated:
Artificial Olfactive Systems
Electrical and optical chemical gas sensing
Advanced applications of quasi 1d oxides
Preparation of oxide quasi 1D structures
Electron microscopy and EBL
The Scientific Results:
1) A Novel Electronic Nose as Adaptable Device to Judge Microbiological Quality and Safety in Foodstuff2) Effects of metal nanoparticles functionalization on tin oxide nanowires gas sensors3) Copper Oxide nanowires for surface ionization based gas sensors