Olivier Delémont et Pierre Esseiva

Bomb factory detection by Network of Advanced Sensors

Domaine: Cooperation Security

Acronyme: BONAS

Durée: 42 mois

Budget total: 3.488.359 EUR

Budget UNIL: 319.920 EUR


Pierre Esseiva, Institut de police scientifique, ECS



citizen protection and homeland security against terrorist attacks, in particular against the threat posed by IED devices. The sensor network will focus on the detection of traces of precursors used in IED production (particulates, gases and/or waterborne) present in the environment surrounding the vicinity of a “bomb factory”. The different sensors are specifically designed to be deployed in sensitive locations and easily camouflaged. This network will support the “factory’s location”, allowing an early threat thwart. A feasibility study will assess the usefulness and potential advantages that the BONAS concept will bring about in the future and the costs of mass production of sensor networks integrating COTS components.

BONAS intends also to investigate and prepare the potential future deployment of key sensors aboard a flying platform with a view towards increasing the BONAS network detection capabilities.

The wireless sensor network will feature a variety of sensing devices (in-situ and remote), that will jointly provide broad
chemical spread and low false alarm rates through an expert system management of the data collected. In particular, BONAS
will develop: Lidar/Dial system; QEPAS sensor; SERS sensor; an Immunosensor.

BONAS includes a multidisciplinary team of leading European research groups (ENEA, QUB, CSEM, ONE, UCBL, UNIL) together with industrial organizations (CREO, LDI, SAB, TEK, EADS) and end-users (NBI) with previous experience and activity in the field of specific local and remote sensors development and with experience on Security projects. The consortium represents the complete supply chain of the proposed product, which sets good perspectives for exploitation and commercialization of the generated innovations. The consortium will be supported by an already established Advisory Board formed by experts from the main European and Israeli police corps.