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MM-Wave Sensors For Layered Security
Of Critical Infrastructure

Using Emerging MM-Wave Screening Solutions To Protect Airports, Transportation and Other Critical Assets



With Keynote Presentation By:
Science and Technology Directorate,

US Department of Homeland Security


April 15th to 18th, 2008


Tropicana Casino & Resort

Brighton and The Boardwalk
Atlantic City, NJ 08401


With Tour Of:
Transportation Security Laboratory *

April 18th 2008


(* Important attendance restrictions apply.  Please see details listed in agenda below)




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Moderated by:
Don Brown, Director, IWPC
Dr. Jonathan Wells, Technical Director, IWPC



Workshop Background:

The US Patriot Act defines critical infrastructure as “systems and assets, whether physical or virtual, so vital … that the incapacity or destruction of such systems and assets would have a debilitating impact on security, national economic security, national public health or safety, or any combination of those matters”.  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) defines 15 specific infrastructure sectors falling under this definition, including transportation systems, chemical facilities, emergency services, drinking water and water treatment plants, energy facilities, defense bases, key industrial and technology sites, large gathering sites, and several other categories.   Of the 33,000 individual critical assets cataloged in the DHS “National Asset Database”,  1,700 are deemed to be nationally critical.  These are in addition to the 430 US commercial airports with passenger screeners.

Since the nature of securing critical infrastructure varies enormously, a complete security system will likely consist of several techniques, together forming a “layered” security blanket for the asset.  Such a system will likely incorporate systems for cooperative portal screening, non-cooperative standoff screening and long-range perimeter screening.  Threats can vary widely, from weapons and explosives, to monitoring for facility access violations.

This workshop will focus on emerging security screening solutions based on millimeter-wave sensors in the approximately 30-300 GHz range.  Such systems are now commercially available and are becoming increasingly cost effective.  The inherent resolution of mm-waves and their ability to either penetrate, reflect off or sense various materials, makes such systems well suited to many critical sensing applications. 

In addition, the workshop will review results of an IWPC initiative to establish industry-led performance benchmarks to address government and end-user requirements for such mm-wave security sensor systems.

Workshop Goals:

  • To increase the dialogue between global government and commercial end-users and mm-wave security sensor equipment providers.

  • To offer the government and commercial end-users an opportunity to better appreciate and advise on the appropriateness of the latest solutions to meet their wants and needs.

  • To offer the equipment providers a better understanding of the expectations of potential end-users. 

  • To bring together the entire mm-wave sensor supply and demand chain, to obtain a better understanding of what the key demands, expectations and capabilities are of the supporting technologies.

  • To update the community on IWPC’s industry-led initiative to develop agreement on performance benchmarks to address government and other end-user requirements.





Tuesday 15th April, 2008


1:00 PM to

5:00 PM

IWPC Tutorial


Security Detection Techniques and Requirements

A Guide for the Millimeter Wave Community



Tim Sheldon

UK Home Office, Program Manager for Explosives and Weapons Detection (retired)


Separate registration required.  Click HERE for more details


At Hotel

7:00 PM


9:00 PM

Social and Networking
Reception & Registration

At Hotel


Wednesday 16th April, 2008


7:00 AM

Breakfast & Registration


8:00 AM

Opening Remarks


8:15 AM

Self Introductions

Each person will be asked to introduce him/herself and share how they can contribute to this workshop

9:00 AM

Keynote Presentation


The Role of Imaging Technology and Whole Body Screening in Homeland Security

Director, Transportation Security Lab
Science and Technology Directorate, Department of Homeland Security


9:40 AM

Government and Critical infrastructure representatives

Speakers will present on:

  • Relative roles and responsibilities of various agencies and their current experiences with mm-wave systems.
  • Requirements for different critical infrastructure sectors.  For example:
    • How will technologies be used?
    • Relative preference and weighting of various screening system types  (e.g. active vs passive, checkpoint vs stand-off, personal vs vehicle vs perimeter detection).
    • Potential threat objects. What is most relevant and how specific does the threat detection need to be?
    • Performance tradeoffs (e.g. standoff requirements vs range).
    • Role of perimeter and border screening.
  • Unique characteristics or requirements for different sectors.  For example:
    • Privacy issues.
    • Operational constraints and expectations.
    • Screening speed and throughput.
  • The role of data / sensor fusion and integrating different sensor systems into a cohesive security blanket.


Canadian Air Transport Security Authority Technology Briefing

Strategic Technology Analyst
Canadian Air Transport Security Authority


     Session continues after

       networking break

10:10 AM

Networking Break


10:50 AM

Government and Critical infrastructure representatives


Speakers will present on same list as above.



DHS Current Efforts and Future Requirements

Technical Advisor,

US Department of Homeland Security


DHS S&T Stand-Off Technology Demonstration Program

Technical Specialist and International Liaison SOTDP

Iconal Technology Ltd


Current U.S. Mass Transit Security Initiatives, Issues & Challenges

Director Security and Operations

American Public Transport Association


12:20 PM

Networking Lunch


1:20 PM

MM-wave system supplier presentations

Speakers will present on:

  • What is the current state-of-the-art in mm-wave screening systems?
  • What is the roadmap for improved performance over the next 3 to 5 years? 
  • What markets are the systems targeting?
    • How does architecture vary for different applications?
    • What are the performance tradeoffs?
  • What are the relative costs and cost drivers for systems?
    • How much does system architecture and system performance drive system cost?
    • What should be the system, sub-system and component technology roadmaps to achieve these cost reductions and/or performance improvements?
  • What are the main challenges systems still need to overcome?
    • What can be done to alleviate the privacy issue?
  • How future requirements such as data / sensor fusion and integrating different sensor systems together will be managed?



An Introduction to the T5000


Thruvision Ltd


Concealed Weapons Detection With Sub-MM-Wave Imaging

Principal Systems Engineer



Case Studies for MM-Wave Applications

VP Business Development

Brijot Imaging Systems


Title TBD



3:20 PM

Networking Break


4:00 PM

panel Session 1:  government and critical infrastructure representatives

Topics for discussion will include:

  • Where should Government R&D money be invested?

  • What are key enablers for mass deployment of mm-wave systems?

  • What price and performance thresholds need to be met?

  • What will be future buying patterns?


    Participants will dialog with panelists to further understand their requirements and debate the issues raised in the earlier sessions.



  • American Public Transport Association (APTA)

  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

  • Transportation Security Lab (TSL)

  • UK Dept of Transport (Transec)

5:00 PM

Adjourn for Day


6:30 PM

Bus leaves for:


Atlantic City Style

Bus Transportation provided to and from hotel.


Thursday 17th April, 2008


7:00 AM



8:00 AM

panel Session 2:  MM-Wave system suppliers

Topics for discussion will include:

  • System and market roadmaps. 
  • Architecture vs performance vs cost tradeoffs.
  • Alleviating privacy concerns.
  • The roles of data / sensor fusion in today's systems.

Participants will dialog with panelists to further understand their requirements and debate the issues raised in the earlier sessions.


  • Brijot

  • Millivision

  • Reveal Imaging

  • Smiths Detection

  • Thruvision

With audience participation:

  • GE Security

  • L3 – Safeview

  • Raytheon

  • Farran

  • ICx Radar Systems

9:00 AM



Speakers will present on:

  • How does the sensor supply chain operate and what are the critical technologies needing improvement (e.g. semiconductors, antennas, shielding, etc)?

  • Leveraging other mm-wave technologies (e.g. 60 GHz PANs, automotive radar, etc) to increase volumes and reduce price.

  • Module and subsystem integration techniques.

  • System requirements and tradeoffs.  For example:

    • Required form factors and packaging.

    • Performance / cost tradeoff.

    • Custom development vs standard purchased parts.

  • What volumes are needed to allow volume production techniques to be applied?

  • What are the semiconductor options for mm-wave applications?  For example:

    •  Low-noise vs high-power.

    • GaAs vs SiGe vs CMOS vs GaN.

    • Discrete vs integrated solutions.

  • Semiconductor foundry requirements.

  • MM-Wave device packaging.


Leveraging Automotive MMW Sensor Advancements Into Affordable Solutions For Perimeter Security Applications

Business Development Manager

M/A-COM / Tyco


Low Cost GaAs Technology Solutions For The MMW Commercial Marketplace

Marketing Manager

TriQuint Semiconductors



       Session continues after

       networking break


10:00 AM

Networking Break

10:40 AM




Speakers will present on same list as above.


Radiometer Technology for Commercial MillimeterWave Imaging Cameras

Program Development Manager

HRL Labs


Taconic's fastRise 27 Non-Reinforced Low Loss PrePreg for Applications through mm-Wave

Technical Sales Manager



12:00 PM



1:00 PM


  • Update on EU ECAC Technical Task Force and Body Scanner Study Group legislature and standard activities

  • Update on TSA and other solicitations

  • Update on IWPC MM-Wave Sensor Benchmarking activity

  • Structured debate on:

    • What are the scopes and purposes of these activities?

    • How are they different and are these differences significant?

    • Should these groups work together?  If so, how?


European Body Scanner Legislation


ECAC Body Scanner Study Group


Status of IWPC MM-Wave Sensor Benchmarking Project

Technical Director



Panel Discussion

  • ECAC Body Scanner Study Group

  • IWPC

  • TSA


2:30 PM

Networking Break


3:10 PM

CLOSING PANEL: government and critical infrastructure representatives


The host, government and critical infrastructure representatives will be asked to recap the extent to which the workshop has addressed their wish lists.



Host, Government and Critical Infrastructure Representatives



  • DHS

  • ECAC

  • TSA

  • TSL

  • UK Dept of Transport (TRANSEC)


3:50 PM

TakeAways & Closing Remarks


4:30 PM



7:00 PM

Dinner (Dutch*)


* = in this context, Dutch is a term which means that each person will be responsible for their own dinner costs.

For those who desire to join us, we get together to enjoy good friends, good food, good wine and [really] bad jokes


Friday 18th April, 2008


9:30 AM


1:00 PM


Transportation Security Laboratory

The TSL performs research on explosives characteristics and chemistry, suicide detection imaging technology, communications, and human factors performance evaluations for the DHS.  The six specialized lab cells are used to evaluate explosives detection equipment, weapons imaging systems, and trace equipment against an extensive library of domestic, foreign, and home made explosive compounds.


Important Note:  Restrictions Apply.  Tour attendance subject to TSL approval.  US Foreign Nationals required to give 30 days advance notice and submit security questionnaire to attend (IWPC can provide relevant form). 


US Nationals required to provide photo ID at time of tour.


Click HERE to request TSL Tour Approval Form.

Leave hotel no later than 8:45 am


Bus transportation provided from and to hotel. 





Deadline for electronic version of handout materials: 

Monday April 7, 2007



ALL Hosts, Speakers, Panel Members and Attendees will be asked to cover out of pocket workshop costs such as conference room costs, food (Social Reception plus First Day breakfast/lunch/dinner plus Second Day breakfast/lunch plus 4 Breaks), booklet copying, audio/visual costs, etc.


We estimate that these costs will be $ 693.00 (USD) per person. (For IWPC Members, only.)


ALL Hosts, Speakers, Panel Members and Attendees will be asked to pay this fee in advance with either Visa, Mastercard, American Express, cash, personal check or business check.


Make checks payable to IWPC.



Brighton and The Boardwalk
Atlantic City, NJ 08401



Please contact the hotel directly for reservations. Mention the IWPC room block rate of $79. USD for the Standard Towers and $129. for the Havana Towers.


Cut-off date for reservations is date April 4,  2007. After that date rooms cannot be guaranteed at the IWPC rate.


Transportation Options




A Computer Projector will be available for the speakers.


In addition, we audiotape all presentations and the interactive discussions. Post workshop, presentations are made available to IWPC Members on the IWPC WEB site, along with “movies” of all presentations and panel sessions.



Business cards will be collected at the door from all attendees. We will make copies of these cards, which will be available to all who provided a business card.



Business casual suggested. No ties, please !!



IWPC prepares a handout binder with ALL presentation materials delivered to the IWPC on or before the deadline.

For ALL IWPC members:

All IWPC members are invited to submit a maximum of 4 pages of materials to include in this handout binder. These pages should NOT BE SALES MATERIALS. Rather, we suggest it contain technical information about your technology as it relates to the workshop topics.

For all companies who will be making a presentation at the Workshop:

You are invited to submit an advance copy of your presentation, complete with graphics and illustrations.

These materials will be copied and handed out at the workshop and included in the IWPC Web site.

Please submit these materials either by email, as a Word for Windows file, Power Point files or PDF files.


Please send electronic materials (up to 5 MB) to:

[email protected]


or use one of these FREE FTP Sites

IF your email system cannot send files larger than 5MB:




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