Exposure to increased levels of radiation is highly dangerous to individuals. Governments of countries take specific measures to prevent the illicit trafficking and inadvertent movement of radioactive elements in which personal radiation detectors (PRDs) and spectroscopic personal radiation detectors (SPRDs) monitoring play a vital role. These measures are handled by various organizations at each stage of security, which includes military and other law enforcement agencies. According to the World Trade Organization (WTO), there is a strong rise in the world trade both in terms of volume and value since 2011. The global world trade in volume experienced a growth rate of 4.7% during 2016-2017. With these rising trade, the demand to detect and measure the radioactive materials is rising as a part of the security measures of the countries. As a result, the global spectroscopic personal radiation detector market demand is thriving with ample opportunities in the customs operations.
The global spectroscopic personal radiation detector market value garnered $340.4 million in 2018. Furthermore, the market is anticipated to exhibit growth at 12.3% during 2019-2025.
Portable Devices of Spectroscopic Personal Radiation Detector Market Enabling Easy Operations to Personnel of Law Enforcement
In law enforcement, for customs and police, radiation detectors have a broader connotation in radiation safety. Mostly used in the form of portable devices, the SPRDs are highly sensitive to detect neutrons and gamma radiations with the fast response time. Owing to its high-sensitivity, low-cost, ruggedness, and size, they are highly preferred in the customs operations. What set the SPRDs apart from other traditional radiation detectors is that they are designed to be worn, usually on a belt. This allows the personnel to carry out their routine activities as the SPRD automatically and continuously detects the presence of neutron and gamma radiations. Besides, the technological advancements in the SPRDs are enabling to monitor additional metrics such as alarm time, source of radioactive nuclides such as nuclear weapons, purposefully masked sources, and bombs, the intensity of radiation, and location. With these proliferated advantages, the spectroscopic personal radiation detectors market demand is rising in the customs operations.
Latest Technological Advancements Thriving In the Spectroscopic Personal Radiation Detector Market
The technological advancements in miniaturization of low power electronics are intensifying the global portable SPRDs sales. Generally, these PRDs and SPRDs are employed with scintillating technology to detect gamma radiation. With the help of scintillators and signal processing, it is easy to detect minuscule alterations in the radiation level adeptly beyond the natural radiation background. For additional customization or safety, the companies are manufacturing these spectroscopic personal radiator detectors with technologies such as Natural Background Rejection (NBR) technology and wireless technology that include Bluetooth to monitor additional parameters as per the requirement of end-user industry. Besides, with the help of Bluetooth, web server, and Global Positioning System (GPS) technologies, the inter-agency communications are handled with ease. These advancements are boosting the global spectroscopic personal radiation detector market sales.
For instance, in 2018, FLIR Systems Inc. of Wilsonville, Ore., has launched FLIR identiFINDER R200-AN, a spectroscopic personal radiation detector to identify radiation threats. This SPRD meets the 1.5-meter drop criteria for alarming personal radiation detectors in homeland security set by (American National Standard Performance Criteria) ANSI N42.32. Furthermore, it is embedded with Bluetooth wireless technology, which facilitates recording and sends geotag information along with real-time radiation dose rates via their mobile app. These advancements are propelling in the global SPRD market.
North America Gaining Ground in the Spectroscopic Personal Radiation Detector Market
North America dominated the global spectroscopic personal radiation detector market and occupied a share of 38.6% as of 2018. Robust trade operations of this region are the primary factor boosting the growth of the spectroscopic personal radiation detectors market in North America. The exports and imports of this region are rebounded strongly in 2017 with a growth rate of 4.2% and 4.0 percent respectively than the preceding year. Moreover, the United States has a robust edifice of border security owing to its predominant trade activities. In that context, the government of the U.S. has put forth several initiatives to enhance border security and customs operations. For instance, Non-Intrusive Inspection (NII) technology enables U.S Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to detect materials that pose potential threats which involve nuclear and radioactive elements. Furthermore, the Container Security Initiative (CSI) and the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) reinforce the country’s security standards and facilitate legitimate trade. With all these growth drivers, North America’s spectroscopic personal radiation detector market is propelling.
Border Security Application Expediting With Opportunities in the Global Spectroscopic Personal Radiation Detector Market
The border security application in the global SPRD market is experiencing lucrative opportunities and thriving with a CAGR of 8.2% over the forecast period. Increasing global economy coupled with rising security demands to interdict illicit activities during the trade is the driver surging the growth of the global SPRD market in the border security segment. Rising global economy and trade pose serious challenges to the borders of the countries. Therefore, there is a substantial rise in the standards to administer and safeguard the movements and trade activities to ensure expedited, fair, and legal trade. In border security, the personnel seeks reliable radiation detection and identification for remote locations which can provide high-sensitivity and pinpoint accuracy. The latest advancements in the SPRD enable these systems to analyze the functionalities and enhance the operations to support their security mission. With these rising demands from border security, the spectroscopic personal radiation detectors market growth is expanding further.
Key Players in the Global Spectroscopic Personal Radiation Detector Industry
The major organizations operating with a dominant share in the global spectroscopic personal radiation detection industry are FLIR Systems, RadComm Systems, ADM Nuclear Technologies, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Polimaster Inc., Meditron, Kromex, Mirion Technologies, Inc., Laurus Systems, and Berkeley Nucleonics Corporation. These leaders are striving to capitalize on the global SPRD market by providing industry-leading solutions in delivering handheld radiation security products. Few achievements of these players include:
Product Launch – In 2019, Kromek Group plc has launched D3S PRD, which is a high-speed and low-cost replacement of PRD and SPRD. This product contains a rugged mobile phone with analysis software and a palm-sized detector unit which hosts gamma and neutron detection modules. With the phone as the display device, it can be carried covertly while it appears to no one that the personnel is checking for radioactive material making it quite feasible for event security, first responders, and other law enforcement personnel.
Acquisition – In 2018, Mirion Technologies Dosimetry Services Division announced its acquisition of Nuclear Research and consultancy Group (NRG) Dosimetry Business of Netherlands. With this acquisition, Mirion technologies are expanding the expertise, availability, and advancements of radiation monitoring solutions and services. This acquisition provides an opportunity for the company to educate and take care of the safety of employees who work in and around radiation.
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