Columbus, Ohio (April 13, 2021) — U.S. military researchers are turning to sensor data analysts at Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, Ohio, to develop an advanced networked sensor to detect and identify biological weapons of mass destruction.
Officials of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va., announced an $8.5 million order to Battelle on Thursday for the second phase the SIGMA+ project to develop new sensors and networks that would alert authorities to chemical, biological, and explosives threats.
SIGMA+ seeks to develop sensitive detectors and advanced intelligence analytics to detect minute traces of various substances related to weapons of mass destruction (WMD). The project uses a common networking infrastructure and mobile sensing strategy.
The SIGMA+ chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive (CBRNE) detection networking would be scalable to cover a major metropolitan city and its surrounding region.
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