The NATO alliance is teaming with Russia to jointly test new bomb-detection technology in the St. Petersburg metro, Agence France-Presse reported.
Following a $6.6 million development program, the former adversaries are putting final touches on a system that uses multiple sensors and microwave-scanning technology to identify unusual molecular structures in big crowds simply as people pass by -- potentially as they enter sporting events or transportation facilities, according to the wire service.
The Stand-off Detection of Explosives effort, or "STANDEX" for short, "could help NATO allies and Russia prevent terrorist attacks such as those carried out on the public transport systems in London, Madrid and Moscow" over the past 10 years, the report quotes a NATO video release as stating.
The technology was tested in June in an undisclosed European city and was financed by NATO and six governments: Britain, France, Italy, Russia, Turkey and the United States. It can detect explosive material "in real time and without disrupting the flow of passengers," the alliance release reportedly states.
Following the test "soon" in St. Petersburg, the hope is for industry to expand the system's usability in airports, commuter stations and sports arenas, according to the AFP report.