University of Edinburgh researchers develop software that could boost national security
Researchers at the University of Edinburgh have developed software that can analyse complex chemical mixtures
William Rankine Building, King's Buildings, University of Edinburgh - Image credit: kaysgeog via Flickr
Researchers at the University of Edinburgh have developed new chemical analysis software that could boost national security.
The software can analyse and identify complex chemical mixtures using hand-held devices called Raman spectrometers.
Substances made up of a mixture of different chemicals are much harder to detect than single chemicals.
The new technique can accurately pinpoint mixtures of chemical substances, which could be useful in a security situation for identifying hazardous substances such as explosives or counterfeit drugs.
It was developed in collaboration with the UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL).
The University of Edinburgh’s commercialisation arm, Edinburgh Research & Innovation (ERI), is now looking to license the technology to industry partners who want to use it commercially.
Angus Stewart-Liddon, ERI’s licensing executive, said: “This software has the ability to transform portable chemical analysis capability in the field and give instant results to the composition of chemical mixtures.
“It adds exceptional functionality to a hand held spectroscopy device and its application, particularly for the security industry where [there is need for] rapid chemical analysis of potential hazardous materials, cannot be over-estimated.”
The strategy focuses of raising awareness and increasing skills in the area of cyber security
Abertay University lecturer Dr Natalie Coull on the need to focus on offensive security within education
The shadow home secretary suggested Labour would look to regulate cryptocurrencies
Sally Smith is Dean of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University on preparing the workforce for the future
Vodafone explores some of the ways IoT is significantly improving public sector service delivery
BT's Amy Lemberger argues that having the right security in place to protect your organisation is no longer just an option. It is a necessity.