Accident or Incident Deployable Monitoring Equipment – AIDME
The AIDME is an advanced environmental monitoring system for nuclear site operators packaged in transportable pod form that can be deployed and made operational in the field within 3 minutes.
Each monitoring pod can provide measurement capability covering:
- Alpha & Beta particulate in air.
- Wide range gamma dose rate.
- Iodine concentration and ratio determination (relative contributor to measured gamma dose rate).
- Standard Maypack sample acquisition.
- CO2 concentration level.
An on-board GPS sensor automatically determines where the unit is located after switch on. This positional information and other measurement data are relayed back to base via radio telemetry and central system display screens automatically populate to provide optimal real-time information to emergency assessors. Conceived to augment nuclear facilities ‘Emergency Monitoring Response’ capability they also permit temporary substitution of any installed environmental monitoring stations to provide continuous operational cover in event of failure or planned outage of such existing systems. Full remote control of the deployed pods (no limit on actual number) is available from central command so as to manage sample and measurement routines and preserve battery life (sparse use of air pump when not needed) during an actual incident. A deployed pod can operate for a whole day in this way before the installed battery would require exchange. Battery power levels are also reported in the transmitted data stream to inform operators of such status. Four hours of continuous operation is also possible even with on-board sampling pump running continuously.
- AIDME stations are normally used during emergency or accident situations, to assess the spread of contamination following a known or suspected release, and to relay this information to a central computer recording and display system (LIS 9205 system).
- Integrated local area or national graphic information possible.
- Extended coverage facilitated by mobile command console (vehicle-based)
- AIDME stations are normally deployed by vehicle to provide rapid assessment of conditions within towns and villages in the immediate vicinity surrounding a nuclear site.
- Stable base and size selection to provide autonomous security when abandoned (not easy to carry away when assembled and locked in operational mode).
- Each pod component weighs less than HSE safe lifting weight for 1 man, i.e. less than 20 kg.
The R3M is an autonomous radiation sensor housed in a low profile, easily deployable, housing which provides ambient gamma dose rate data directly via text, email or to the Ultra NEWS web-hosted software package. The sensor is battery powered and will operate continuously transmitting real-time radiological data together with the sensor’s OS grid reference and system integrity assurance via GSM or GPRS communication.
The RM3 utilizes proven detector technology from the UK’s RIMNET system and was developed in conjunction with the UK MET Office.
Features of the system include:
- Rapid radiation detection deployment
- Immediate transmission of sensor data
- Email and text alert messaging options
- Geo-location & reporting
- Fault and tilt detection
We have been at the heart of the UK’s national capability Nuclear Emergency Response Plan for two decades, providing a range of expertise and equipment ranging from specialist ionizing radiation sensors to complete command and control emergency management software systems.
Our enhanced software platform provides mapped real-time continuous data from installed or deployed sensors in addition to a variety of tools enabling incident management including:
- Up to date weather data.
- Recording of sample analysis.
- Analysis of raw data eg. (weather effects, plume modelling, casualties, location of emergency services).
- Map annotation to outline the affected area, cordon areas and personnel positions including locations of hospitals, schools, shopping centres and local homes.
- Information management including the release of information to the press and public arenas, reporting capability to interested stakeholders and secure, fully traceable quality controlled data for retrospective analysis.