Security and Military


IOS researchers have developed cutting-edge technologies, including fiber optic-based sensors for pressure, temperature, electromagnetic fields, and a wide variety of chemicals; acoustic emission sensors; non-destructive visual and laser ultrasonic inspection systems; advanced signal and image processing systems; specialty light sources; and non-lethal weapons.

The IOS LED-based incapacitator (LEDI™) device for law enforcement was selected as one of Time Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2007, in their November 12, 2007 issue.

Distributed Intrinsic Chemical Agent Sensing and Transmission (DICAST®) technology establishes a new paradigm in the detection of toxic chemicals and chemical warfare agents. These fiber optic chemical sensors extend the reach of sensitive chemical detection over long stretches of optical fiber, in contrast to existing chemical sensors, which are limited to point sensing. Beta systems installed in airport control towers and in a major U.S. public transportation hub are being monitored and evaluated for long-term performance, which is projected to significantly strengthen U.S. homeland defense against chemical attacks.