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OPTIX project

OPTIX (Optical Technologies for the Identification of explosives) is a project funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). OPTIX is composed of a balanced set of technological and industrial partners, from big industry to SMEs, from universities to research organisation, and topped with a best-in-class end user. The geographical distribution of OPTIX covers 6 EU Members States.  

Terrorism, as evidenced by recent tragic events (Madrid 2004, London 2005, New York 2001) is a real and growing threat to Europe and the world. Attacks using Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) appear in the news every day. In fact more than 60% of terrorist attacks are carried out by the use of such explosive devices.   

Security forces demand new tools to fight against this threat, and very specifically tools capable of detecting explosives at stand off distances.   

OPTIX objective is to develop a transportable system for the stand off detection and identification of explosives in real scenarios at distances of around 20 metres (sensor to target), using alternative or simultaneous analysis by three different complementary optical technologies, LIBS (Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy), RAMAN and IR absorption, which are the unique technologies that have demonstrated stand off detection capability.