The AID.ME is an advanced environmental monitoring system for nuclear site operators packaged in transportable pod form that can be deployed and made operational in the field within 3 minutes. Each monitoring pod can provide measurement capability covering:
- Alpha & Beta particulate in Air.
- Wide range Gamma dose rate.
- Iodine concentration and ratio determination (relative contributor to measured gamma dose rate).
- Standard Maypack sample acquisition.
- CO2 concentration level
An on board GPS sensor automatically determines where the unit is located after switch on. This positional information and other measurement data is relayed back to base via radio telemetry and central system display screens automatically populate to provide optimal real time information to emergency assessors. Conceived to augment nuclear facilities ‘Emergency Monitoring Response’ capability they also permit temporary substitution of any installed environmental monitoring stations to provide continuous operational cover in event of failure or planned outage of such existing systems. Full remote control of the deployed pods (no limit on actual number) is available from central command so as to manage sample and measurement routines and preserve battery life (sparse use of air pump when not needed) during an actual incident. A deployed pod can operate for a whole day in this way before the installed battery would require exchange (3 minute job at most). Battery power levels are also reported in the transmitted data stream to inform operators of such status. Four hours of continuous operation is also possible even with on board sampling pump running continuously.
- AIDME stations are normally used during emergency or accident situations, to assess the spread of contamination following a known or suspected release, and to relay this information to a central computer recording and display system (LIS 9205 system).
- Integrated local area or national graphic information possible.
- Extended coverage facilitated by mobile command console (vehicle based)
- AIDME stations are normally deployed by vehicle to provide rapid assessment of conditions within towns and villages in the immediate vicinity surrounding a nuclear site.
- Stable base and size selection to provide autonomous security when abandoned (not easy to carry away when assembled and locked in operational mode).
- Each pod component weighs less than HSE safe lifting weight for 1 man, i.e. less than 20Kg.