News: NATO demonstrates new technology to fight terrorism in crowded places, 25-May.-2022

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Metro stations, airports and other public transport and gathering places around the world have been the target of terrorist attacks, resulting in loss of life and damage to infrastructure. With DEXTER – short for Explosives and Firearms Detection to Counter Terrorism – NATO has developed the prototype of a technology to counter the threat of firearms and explosives in crowded places. After three years of research supported by NATO’s Science for Peace and Security (SPS) programme, a month-long test of the prototype was successfully completed in a metro station in Rome, Italy.

On May 24-25, 2022, industry representatives and government stakeholders were invited to observe the simulation of real-life scenarios and explore opportunities for possible commercialization of DEXTER.

The three technologies developed by DEXTER will enable the identification of carriers of firearms and explosives among moving pedestrians, remotely and in real time. The system will go beyond the measures currently in place and will enable the discreet detection of these threats, without requiring random checks on moving passengers or checkpoints. DEXTER integrates technologies into a capability that can incorporate additional detection systems as needed to keep up with evolving threats.

“What DEXTER has delivered is a solution at the crossroads between counter-terrorism and advanced technologies, in line with NATO’s strategic objectives and priorities” said NATO Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges David van Weel. DEXTER is an important deliverable of NATO’s Counter Terrorism Action Plan. At the same time, drawing on the most recent advances in sensors, sensing and artificial intelligence, DEXTER represents a perfect example of NATO’s agenda in the field of emerging and disruptive technologies ( EDT).

Such results are not only the result of scientific and technological skills, but are also based on a strong sense of cohesion between the partners and on the common will to strengthen the protection of citizens against brutal attacks like those of the past.said Gilberto Dialuce, President of ENEA – the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development. Eleven governmental and research institutions from 4 NATO countries (France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands) and 4 partner countries (Finland, Republic of Korea, Serbia and Ukraine) participated in DEXTER.

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