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hyperionLocation: Tumba, Sweden


Type: International

HYPERION is a hyperspectral imaging IED and explosives reconnaissance system. The goal of the HYPERION Project is to develop and test system concept for the forensic tools and procedures of tomorrow aiming at on-site technology using stand-off detection with selective and reliable forensic data timely transferred to the police.

At a crime scene, due to the detonation of an IED or the possible presence of an unexploded IED the first measures taken are the initation of rescue actions. In paralel to the rescue actions the HYPERION system can be used.

HYPERION aims to develop a forensic analysis system for areas where explosions have occurred. The project hopes that by detecting explosives and IED residues and acquiring 3D images of the scene they will be able to recapture what happened during the explosion and calculate where it took place.

The work is carried out by twelve project partners and is coordinated by FOI, the Swedish Defence Research Agency, and is funded by the European Seventh Framework Programme.

The project will be ended with a final validation using the total chain of forensic procedures developed in HYPERION on a post-blast area where an IED of significant charge size has been detonated. An unexploded IED will also be present at the post-blast scene.

This profile is part of AOAV’s investigation into counter-IED (C-IED) actors around the globe. To see the list of all C-IED actors recorded by AOAV, see here. To see those engaged in the Middle East, the Sahel, North Africa or other highly impacted countries please see here, here, here, and here respectively. This research was made possible by funding from the NATO Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Centre of Excellence (C-IED COE). To read the full report, ‘Addressing the threat posed by IEDs: National, Regional and Global Initiatives’, see here.