Decision Sciences: Above and Beyond Cargo Inspection

Dwight Johnson, President & CEO
Up until now, X-ray technology was the prime security screening methodology for interdicting the movement of illegal contraband such as narcotics, weapons, explosives, and even humans across ports and borders or into critical infrastructures. As governments focus on enforcing safety and security protocols within their jurisdictions, X-ray technology has maxed out its technical capabilities alongside its inability to keep pace with today’s sophisticated threats to global safety. Security and defense companies now seek new ways to combat the new, evolving threats posed by terrorists and smugglers across the globe. In response to this requirement, Decision Sciences International offers a revolutionary muon tomography methodology that enables operators to safely identify threats at port and borders, and around critical infrastructure while facilitating a legitimate flow of commerce.

Founded on the principles of global safety and security, the San Diego-based Decision Sciences offers a multi-mode passive detection system (MMPDS) technology, which is fully capable of passively detecting contraband anomalies within cargos. According to the president and CEO of Decision Sciences, Dwight Johnson, “The MMPDS is a passive contraband detection system that relies on naturally charged particles—muons and electrons—to provide an unparalleled penetration capability for operators to safely find materials shielded from X-ray.” Decision Sciences’ technology leverages muon tomography methodology to efficiently visualize the materials within a cargo in 3-D as opposed to 2-D X-ray images. This enables the end users to focus on areas of interest and assess the contents of the cargo for various threats. Taking capabilities a notch higher, the MMPDS delivers the 3-D view of the cargo in color, allowing users to effectively distinguish different materials.

Once honed in on the area of interest, the system operator can appropriately discriminate and classify a material upon inspection with information from manifests in case of port and borders, or the intelligence department of critical infrastructures. “Operating the MMPDS is very intuitive, and does not require experience. However, it is the potent combination of man and machine that provides a robust safety and security apparatus,” Johnson adds. The uniqueness of this technology spurs from the fact that it is void of health and safety adverse impact from ionizing radiation, and the clients have the liberty for full deployment of the system without the need for an exclusion zone.


MMPDS’s ability to penetrate through a range of materials and provide actionable information coupled with cutting-edge visualization software remains a discriminator in the defense technology arena


Furthermore, MMPDS’s ability to penetrate through a range of materials and provide actionable information coupled with cutting-edge visualization software remains a discriminator in the defense technology arena.

That’s not all; Decision Sciences’ system—void of moving parts—can operate using power from two household circuits, making it economical, and highly adaptable compared to an X-ray system. As MMPDS’ low power consumption makes it adaptable to remote locations, the system will also have greater availability and higher reliability, and the ability to troubleshoot problems within mere minutes. “We empower our clients with preventative maintenance and monitoring of our systems in remote locations to ensure optimal performance and reliability without the need for repairs,” explains Johnson. Decision Sciences begins its client onboarding process with a live demonstration of the systems and permits them to operate the same if they choose. The team at Decision Sciences meticulously gathers information regarding the clients’ requirements, and the threats they wish to detect before providing the cargo inspection solution to meet those needs.

Apart from its customizable solutions, Decision Sciences provides comprehensive training and support services for its clients to ensure they can unleash the full potential of the cargo inspection solution. The superiority of Decision Sciences’ offerings has been immensely beneficial in detecting and identifying attempted smuggling of narcotics—especially in instances where X-ray systems have failed to meet the mark. Moving forward, Decision Sciences continues to capitalize on its success, and transform the realm of cargo inspection.

Company
Decision Sciences

Headquarters
San Diego, CA

Management
Dwight Johnson, President & CEO

Description
Decision Sciences brings together cutting-edge science development, systems integration and manufacturing to provide advanced security and contraband detection systems. The company’s multi-mode passive detection system (MMPDS) technology is fully capable of passively detecting contraband anomalies within cargos. This technology leverages muon tomography methodology to efficiently visualize the materials within a cargo in 3-D as opposed to 2-D X-ray images, enabling end users to focus on areas of interest and assess the contents of the cargo for various threats. The MMPDS delivers the 3-D view of the cargo in color, allowing users to effectively distinguish different materials

Decision Sciences