Securing and protecting perimeters and enclosed areas
Increases the security and speed of advancing troops
Complete vehicle checkpoint system
Portendo develops and markets threat
detection equipment for homeland security, military and commercial security
industries. Portendo's patent-pending technology can increase safety and
operational capability in high-risk environments by providing quick and reliable
detection of explosives, warfare agents and hazardous chemicals. The detection
is made at a safe distance from the threatening object ensuring increased safety
for the operators.
Over recent years the terrorism threat has increased globally and the market
for threat detection is rapidly expanding. Portendo's products are designed
to save the lives of professionals and civilians in high-risk environments.
We provide tools for combatting terrorism leading to a safer society.
Portendo has several development
co-operations with high-ranking research institutes, including the Swedish Defence
Research Agency, as well as customer co-operations within the defence industry.
The company was founded in 2005 by
Pierre Strömbeck, Peter Strömbeck, Daniel Svensson and Hans Mellström
to commercialize Portendo's state-of-the-art explosives detection technology
and system concept.
Detecting Threats and Providing
a Safer Environment
Portendo's product portfolio
is aimed at detecting explosives to provide a safer environment for troops,
professionals and the general public. These products can be used in a variety
of applications, with focus today on vehicle and cargo checkpoints. The common
denominator is "saving lives" which we do efficiently while preserving the safety
of the operator.
To counter the threat of terrorist attacks on critical facilities
and infrastructure in the civil society, there is a need for enhanced security
including the ability to detect threats from vehicle-borne bombs. In a low-risk
environment, preventive measures should be taken to avoid terror attacks on
power plants, public transportation and certain events such as the Olympic Games.
In a high-risk environment, security measueres are expanded to include road
checkpoints, access control to hotels, shopping malls, etc.
Portendo’s products are well suited to be integrated in
security checkpoints and they can perform detection of explosives residue on
passing vehicles. The simple operation, low cost and speed of measurement of
our products allow examination of a large number of vehicles and therefore provides
a far better security level than technologies used today.
One of the most significant threats to military troops in hostile
environments are IEDs (Improvised Explosives Device) and other CBE (chemical,
biological and explosives) threats. It is today very difficult to detect and
identify IEDs at a safe distance. For advancing troops, these hidden threats
severly limits operating capability and safety, a problem that Portendo’s
P.Eye products addresses.
The Portendo P.Eye-S's represents
the first product family for detecting explosives at safe distances (standoff
detection). The P.Eye-S is suited for short-range remotely controlled detection
in stationary and mobile vehicle checkpoints.
Protecting Borders and Critical
Portendo's P.Eye-S is perfectly suited
to keep a facility or an area safe from terrorist threats without endangering
your security personnel. Whether to keep VBIEDs away from power plants, sport
stadiums or critical infrastructure or stopping suicide bombers at border checkpoints,
the P.Eye-S will prove a necessary companion.
The P.Eye-S's unique features
provide detection and distinction of most explosive compounds that may be hidden
in cars, trucks, containers and baggage.
The P.Eye is based on Raman spectroscopy which identifies a wide range of compounds
through their specific signatures. By targeting a subarea of the surface of
a suspicious object, the P.Eye detector can find traces of explosives less than
100 micrograms. The P.Eye processes the result and delivers a clear and understandable
result minimizing the need for training and special skills.
- Easy-to-use detection equipment
for explosives and chemical threats
- Operated from a remote location minimizes threat to operators and security
- Minimum training and special skills needed
- Signature database comprises a wide set of explosives and is easily
Portendo's P.Eye-S is the core component
in Portendo's CheckPort concept, a novel vehicle checkpoint concept for increased
security in areas with elevated terror threat.
The CheckPort consists of a complete
package to enable state-of-the-art explosives detection technology to a vehicle
checkpoint. It typically includes 1-3 P.Eye-S detectors, pan- & tilt-heads,
power supply and an operator's workstation. The package also includes software
and a training package for operators and security personnel.
The P.Eye-S can also be used as a
stand-alone detector together with a laptop as a user interface.
The P.Eye-S enables screening
of surfaces of vehicles and other objects for traces of explosives.
The P.Eye-S is operated from a remotely located operator's central. The operator's
interface shows an image of the target and provides several options for quick
and accurate screening of a vehicle.
The P.Eye-S analyzes subareas of the target of approximately 6 by 10 cm, one
at a time. In order to screen a vehicle, the P.Eye-S is aimed at a subarea of
the vehicle and the detection is initiated. Within tens of seconds, a result
is presented. By simply testing a few subareas, there is a high probability
to quickly find traces of explosives should the vehicle or passengers carry
Similarly, the P.Eye-S can analyze containers, cargo and baggage for traces
methods are based on Raman scattering which provides a unique molecular signature
enabling selective identification. The Raman scattering is triggered by energizing
the substance with directed energy from laser beams. Different techniques are
used to enhance the otherwise weak Raman signal.
(C.V.Raman was awarded the
1930 Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery).
In Stand-off Detection unknown
substances are detected and identified at a safe distance between the object
and the detector/operator.
To identify an unknown substance
a laser beam is aimed at the object and the Raman scatter of the reflected light
is detected and analyzed. The resulting signature is matched with a database
enabling identification of the unknown substance.
Portendo uses proprietary,
patent-applied enhancements to Raman spectroscopy to achieve performance improvements
of several orders of magnitude.
Portendo participates in
two governmentally funded research projects:
of Threats in the Urban Society) is a research project sponsored by the European
Union seventh framework programme in the Security Research program. The LOTUS
concept is aimed at detecting precursors to explosives over a wide urban area.
Read more at the Lotus page at FOI.
DETEX (Detection of Explosives) is a three-year research project
sponsored by Vinnova within the Swedish security research program. DETEX aims
at detection of explosives at a distance of 30 meters. Portendo and the Swedish
Defence Research Agency (FOI) are the main participants together with SAAB Systems,
Karlstad University, Blekinge Institute of Technology and Lund University.