Decision Sciences International (DSIC) has secured a contract to build a new portable electronics scanner for the US Department of Defense (DoD).

Under the terms of $2.1m contract, the company will deliver a new type of portable-electronics scanner to the DoD’s Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO) for detection of small amounts of explosive materials within portable electronic devices such as mobile phones and laptop computers.

DSIC chief executive officer Dr Gene Ray said: "This contract builds upon the revolutionary technology inherent in our proven Multi-Mode Passive Detection System (MMPDS) and advances our groundbreaking product suite across industries and applications, now including the scanning of portable electronics.

"This contract advances our groundbreaking product suite across industries and applications."

"We are very pleased to once again have an opportunity to work with the Department of Defense through CTTSO and support its critical mission to combat terrorism at home and abroad through technical innovation."

DSIC chairman Stuart Rabin said: "Our disruptive and revolutionary passive scanning technology is capable of making a material difference in the fight against global terrorism."

Leveraging proprietary algorithms developed for the company’s MMPDS, the prototype scanner will safely, quickly and automatically detect, identify and locate potential threats within portable electronic devices.

The MPDS uses naturally occurring cosmic ray muons and electrons to safely and securely scan all types of vehicles, cargo containers and other conveyances to detect shielded and unshielded nuclear and radiological threats, as well as explosives, narcotics and other contraband and anomalies.

Based on research originally conducted at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the US, the technology is commercially deployed, including at the Freeport Container Port in the Bahamas.