Southern Innovation develops, markets and licenses patented pulse processing technologies for the rapid, accurate detection and measurement of radiation. The company was born out of research to review suitable technologies for the accurate and rapid detection of legacy landmines. Southern Innovation’s multi-award winning SITORO® technology provides a quantum leap in the efficiency of radiation detectors, with wide application in areas such as airport baggage screening, oil exploration, mineral analysis and the early detection of cancer.
Southern Innovation’s SITORO technology was initially developed by Professor Rob Evans and Paul Scoullar as part of a research project at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at The University of Melbourne in Australia. After more than 10 years of research and development SITORO technology has now been implemented in hardware which is capable of real-time pulse processing at unprecedented levels of speed and accuracy.
SITORO has applications in a diverse range of industries where existing radiation detection and measurement technologies can be significantly improved. Relevant industries include forensic analysis, borehole logging, medical imaging, baggage and cargo screening, homeland security, inline industrial measurement, minerals analysis and many more.
Southern Innovation, a privately owned organisation, was incorporated in 2004 to further develop and commercialise what is now known as SITORO technology. Key milestones in the development of Southern Innovation and our SITORO technology include:
LSI Scanning, Southern Innovation’s joint venture with the Little Group, implements ground-breaking X-ray scanning technology in air cargo scanning prototype using SITORO® Accelerated Analysis to deliver unprecedented effective atomic number discrimination. In parallel, Southern Innovation investigates new applications of SITORO Accelerated Analysis in the mining and mineral processing industries, working with both OEMs and mining companies to develop dramatically enhanced radiation-based sensing capabilities.
FalconX is installed at world-class synchrotron facilities worldwide, including the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source, the Canadian Light Source, Synchrotron Soleil, the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, and the National Synchrotron Light Source. Southern Innovation launches a joint venture, LSI Scanning, with the Little Group to investigate freight and logistics applications of SITORO Accelerated Analysis.
The Australian Synchrotron becomes Southern Innovation and XIA’s first beta customer, deploying the FalconX on their X-Ray Fluorescence Microprobe beamline. Southern Innovation commences work with Design + Industry to extend the single channel FalconX to a modular 4-channel pulse processing unit, funded by the Victorian Government STIUP program.
Southern Innovation’s partner, XIA, releases the FalconX digital pulse processor – the first commercially available product Powered By SITORO Accelerated Analysis.
The SITORO technology is market ready and is being evaluated by numerous large international equipment manufacturers. Southern Innovation takes out the prestigious Enterprize 2010 business planning competition and welcomes Adam Lewis, one of Australia’s leading and most respected management consultants, on to the Board of Directors.
Southern Innovation’s SITORO technology demonstrates a 20 fold improvement over state-of-the art performance for scintillation based radiation detection, the technical team expands further, and a number of technology validation trials are ongoing.
Southern Innovation secures a Series B investment from private investors and appoints David Scoullar as Managing Director. A US patent is granted and the 2nd generation of SITORO technology is released and presented at 5 scientific conferences.
Technology development moves the algorithm from an offline “theoretical” technology to the hardware-implemented, real-time technology of SITORO. Southern Innovation successfully concludes the Commercial Ready project and begins discussions with US companies about technology validation trial, an Australian patent is granted for the SITORO technology.
Southern Innovation is incorporated to further develop and commercialise Evans’ and Scoullar’s pulse processing algorithm. Martin Hosking (Chairman) and David Scoullar (Non-executive Director) join Paul Scoullar on the Board of Directors.
Professor Rob Evans and Paul Scoullar initiate a research project examining the application of new sensor technologies to the humanitarian detection and remediation of antipersonnel landmines. It quickly becomes apparent that pulse pile-up is a major problem inhibiting the efficient application of gamma ray based technologies for the detection of landmines. In 2001 Evans and Scoullar develop an algorithm to decode rather than discard pile-up events.
Paul Scoullar commences a review of suitable technologies for the accurate and rapid detection of landmines for humanitarian demining.
Southern Innovation would welcome the opportunity to discuss your application of our SITORO® digital pulse processing technology in more detail. For business development enquiries contact the sales team at [email protected].
More information about the technical specifications of Southern Innovation’s SITORO® digital pulse processing technology can be found in our technical library or, if you have further questions, feel free to contact our technical team-[email protected].