Arktis Radiation Detectors Ltd.

Arktis Radiation Detectors Ltd.

At Arktis, we design and manufacture advanced integrated detection systems that detect and categorize radiological and nuclear materials with an unprecedented level of accuracy and reliability. From the beginning, Arktis has taken a fresh look and approach to the important business of detecting radiological and nuclear materials that pose a threat to customer`s safety and security. Arktis develops next generation systems that categorize, prevent, and intercept radiological & nuclear materials in addition to contaminated cargo. These new technologies and products provide a step change in capability over systems currently in use. A range of next generation systems is being offered, which can be used across a wide variety of applications and markets. Arktis is bringing these innovative radiation detection systems to customers and government agencies around the world.

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Räffelstrasse 11 , Zurich , 8045 Switzerland
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Business Type:
Manufacturer
Industry Type:
Radiation Monitoring
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
Year Founded:
2007

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Arktis designs and manufactures advanced integrated detection systems that detect and categorize radiological and nuclear materials with an unprecedented level of accuracy.

Arktis Radiation Detectors is a Swiss company and has taken a fresh look and approach to the important business of detecting radiological and nuclear materials that pose a threat to customer's safety and security. Arktis develops next generation systems that categorize, prevent, and intercept radiological & nuclear materials in addition to contaminated cargo.

Focusing on performance, effectiveness and efficiency, Arktis’ view of innovation includes optimizing operational performance, lowering cost barriers to facilitate adoption, and working collaboratively with the end user throughout the product lifecycle. Our modular and scalable systems enhance security and ease of operations for its customers. Arktis is ISO 9001:2015 certified.

Arktis was incorporated in 2007. The founding team of Rico Chandra, Giovanna Davatz and Mario Voegeli, formed the company in the wake of a number of major events that highlighted the need to counter the emerging nuclear threat to world security. The team leveraged their extensive understanding of nuclear physics to apply it to the design and production of next generation radiation detection systems. 

Since its inception, Arktis has followed a strategic growth path and employs highly skilled scientists and engineers who have developed proprietary radiation detection technologies based on research originally undertaken at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) on behalf of ETH Zurich, a leading European technical university. A key feature of the innovative detection methods developed by Arktis is that it provides customers with a unique potential to discover shielded nuclear materials such as Plutonium.

The threat of nuclear and radiological terrorism remains one of the greatest challenges to international security, and the threat is constantly evolving.

Nuclear Security Summit 2016 communiqué

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Since our inception, Arktis has been committed to using its specialized domain knowledge, skill and expertise to introduce innovation in radiation detection systems that deliver advanced performance capabilities.

Our engineers and scientists are driven by a focus on delivering innovation that maximizes sensitivity and expands the range of data used for interpretation to provide increased detection and identification accuracy. By constantly developing proprietary technologies to solve novel problems, Arktis strives to create products that perform better, delivering more while costing less to deploy and operate than other systems on the market. While innovation runs through our technology; agility runs through our operation. We are focused on maintaining a lean and flexible approach to the way we do business. We know that by being truly customer and mission focused, our priorities drive us to respond fast to the needs of our customers and be better capable to deal with the complex security challenges of an ever-changing world. 

This commitment to innovation and agility is surpassed only by our passion for our customers' success. The philosophy at Arktis is straightforward: We build real partnerships with our customers, regulatory bodies and suppliers, to deliver mission critical detection systems that improve security around the globe. 

Arktis is represented by a worldwide team of sales partners.

Arktis develops and manufactures next generation systems that detect and categorize radiological and nuclear materials to enhance security and facilitate operations.

Trafficking and Theft of Rad/Nuc Materials

  • More than 2 million radioactive sources in circulation today
  • 2,300,000 metric tons of spent nuclear fuel produced per year
  • 2,889 trafficking incidents reported to IAEA
  • Since 1986, only 40% of lost and stolen sources have been recovered

To prevent radioactive and nuclear material from threatening our health, environment and business, reliable monitoring and detection of radioactive and nuclear material is critical.

Over the past few decades, large amounts of radioactive isotopes have been produced for use in the nuclear industry, medical applications and food sterilization, amongst others.

It is critical that reliable radiation detection and monitoring is used to prevent radioactive and nuclear sources from becoming a threat to health, the environment, and business. Here are three cases where efficient and reliable radiation detection equipment is in use:

Monitoring the nuclear fuel cycle

  • The nuclear industry produces 2,300 tons of spent nuclear fuel per year. Spent nuclear fuel contains Plutonium and Uranium, materials that can be used to build nuclear weapons. In most countries, permanent disposal facilities for nuclear waste have not been built yet, which increase the need for radiation detection.
  • Key: Devices for the inventory of spent nuclear fuel

Radioactive material out of regulatory control

  • In the US and Europe, 2.3 million radioactive sources have been in use in the last 50 years.
  • By 2015, the IAEA's Incident and Trafficking Database confirmed a total of 2,889 incidents involving illicit trafficking, theft and losses of nuclear and radioactive material.
  • Key: Devices to find smuggled or stolen radioactive materials

Radioactive sources entering supply chain

  • In several incidents, orphan radioactive sources have been disposed in recycling facilities and scrap metal depositories, resulting in radioactive steel.
  • Radioactive elevator buttons and belt buckles are known consequences of such misuse.
  • Key: Devices to monitor supply chains for 'orphan' radioactive sources