Dynaxion takes the next steps toward making the world a safer and healthier place
May 13, 2020 9:26:44 AM. By: High Tech Campus
Startup Dynaxion, located in High Tech Campus 12, has secured EUR 350.000 through the Early Stage Financing Scheme of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs. 'This fund is meant for disrupting and promising innovations. So, this is a giant step in our challenging journey', says co-founders Cor Datema and Joost van de Griendt.
Identify dangerous goods Dynaxion has developed a high tech scanner that is a unique combination of technologies that automatically and accurately identify dangerous and illicit goods in suitcases and parcels. Billions of parcels and suitcases travel around the world - 2800 parcels every second - and the numbers keep growing fast. But simply put, no one can be 100-percent certain what is inside those packages. Explosives, weapons, drugs?
'Current detection technologies are far from accurate, with high false alarm rates. They are also labor-intensive, and even with expensive training, those systems are susceptible to human error. This is all a very serious threat to safety, health and society.'
Disruptive Dynaxion is truly disruptive compared to competition. 'We make use of particle acceleration technology. With this accelerator we generate neutrons capable of penetrating the parcel or suitcase and producing gamma-rays and fast neutrons. The detection results in energy spectra which define the materials inside, up to atomic level. We go way beyond the current X-Ray and CT technologies. We do not need people monitoring images and we do not look at densities. We utilize spectra and algorithms to define the exact material identification. That means we can see the difference between cocaine or milk powder, syrup or nitroglycerine.'
The opportunities are huge. 'For security equipment in parcels and suitcases only, the market is estimated at around 10 Billion Euro. And the expectation is that these markets will grow due to the increased pressure to intercept drugs and illegal goods in trade and transport.'
By the end of this year, Dynaxion is planning to demonstrate their proof of concept to relevant stakeholders, potential customers and portenial investors. 'After reaching that milestone, we will built a prototype system in 2021 en then build two pilot systems in 2022 to be tested and certified in real life environments.'