ENSCO is in Phase II of developing a Real-time Bio-threat Awareness System (RBAS) for the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) SenseNet program. The system provides a sustainable, low-cost approach to environmental monitoring that will reduce the potential impact of a biological incident by providing a fast, low-cost, and reliable detection and identification of a biological agent release. The rapid warning and identification will give decision makers and responders useful and actionable information both during and post incident.

Features & Benefits

  • Revolutionary approach to design provides a Low Total Cost of Ownership system, both in system initial cost as well as the on-going maintenance and operation.
  • Standard interfaces to other existing security systems to minimize operational complexity.
  • Meets broad facility needs, such as environmental monitoring, potential endemic agent monitoring, and green-building monitoring.
  • Features of the system design include:
    • Innovative optimal sensor placement, plume detection, and event processing algorithms that speed up detection, reduce false alarms, and locate the source of the release, thereby minimizing exposure.
    • Optimal sensor placement minimizes both capital and operations cost, and provides the flexibility to accommodate a variety of building infrastructures from very large multi-floor multi-zone facilities to smaller, less complex structures.
    • One-of-a-kind air sampling technology
    • Gold-standard, PCR-based presumptive identification technology
    • Flexible, scalable and modular system architecture that easily adapts as threats and technology change
    • Open standards-based data exchange approach enables system interoperability for situational awareness and response

Watch SenseNet Demo Video

SenseNet – Advanced Bio-threat Detection System

FAR, ENSCO’s False Alarm Reduction tool, shows our proprietary hybrid algorithm for separating signal from noise. We demonstrate this with a simulated hazardous release in a sample hospital. (No hospitals were harmed in the making of this demo.)

The demo is available as a web application within ENSCO’s network.

The SENTRY system architecture was expanded to permit plug-and-play modularity for such new strategic elements as FAR and Optimal Sensor Placement, resulting in robust hazard detection and accurate source location with the fewest necessary sensors.

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