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Israeli company wins SME Instrument grant

Israel-based Lingacom Ltd., a developer and manufacturer of muon-based detection solutions, has been awarded a €1m contract by the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument for the development of an advanced vehicle scanning solution.

Lingacom’s technology is based on high-energy natural atmospheric cosmic ray muon particles, which have the highest known penetration levels on Earth and are capable of penetrating and exiting all attenuating cargo and vehicles.

By harnessing these muon particles, Lingacom is offering a green, passive detection solution designed to meet the global security requirements associated with nuclear and radioactive detection.

The company’s approach to product design makes its technology complementary with existing inspection systems that deploy high-energy X-rays and radiation portal monitors.

“This new contract will enable Lingacom to support the European Commission’s objective to protect sensitive sites and critical infrastructure from transported nuclear and radioactive threats,” said Lingacom CEO David Yaish.

Lingacom investor Brian Rosenzweig, a managing partner of JANVEST Capital Partners, added: “By gaining recognition from the European Commission, Lingacom will be able to drastically increase the pace by which it can attend to Europe’s growing challenges related to nuclear and radioactive terrorism.”

Working alongside Lingacom in the SME Instrument is ISERD, the Israeli Government organisation that supports Israeli entities’ participation in R&D ventures within European research programmes.