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Arktis – a versatile unmanned aerial vehicle that can detect radioactivity

Arktis develops and produces next-generation systems that can detect and categorize radiological and nuclear material in order to increase security and simplify operations.

The in-house patented technology developed by Arktis uses information technologies and digitization to provide precise, stable and reliable detection solutions. Arktis has developed an easily-implemented radiation detection technology based on IT standards that is cost-effective, mobile and user-friendly.

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Arktis is an experienced company in the field of radiation detection. Well-integrated into a network of universities as well as international customers and field officers, we have developed a new radiation detection technology. These radiation detection systems have already been successfully established on the market.  


Arktis develops and manufactures advanced integrated detection systems that can identify radiological and nuclear materials with a high degree of sensitivity, even in the event of small sizes and weights.


Arktis provides a wide range of services such as advice and installation, training, maintenance, support and radiation detection. The customer benefits from fully professional and competent advice as well as valuable support once the products have been purchased. The developments are made by employees in Switzerland, including the software and electronic components.


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Madeline Amrein
Innovation Manager
Seetalstrasse 175
6032 Emmen
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Through agreements such as the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism, Switzerland has undertaken to uncover and do more to prevent the illegal trade in radiological substances. Compliance with such agreements could be ensured through the use of fixed detectors at the ten main Swiss border crossings. These detectors are called radiation portal monitors and check vehicles for radiological threats in the form of radioactive sources and nuclear materials. Any alarms triggered by cars give rise to a secondary inspection. This involves stopping the vehicle for ten minutes while trained personnel identify the radiation source by means of portable radiation detectors.

The fully-automatic unmanned aerial vehicle is equipped with the radiation detection system and carries out the secondary inspection. This means that no specialist personnel are required to operate the system, thereby facilitating generalized use at every major border crossing. Furthermore, the automated inspection process is more efficient, reduces waiting times at checkpoints and promotes the flow of trade.