SITORO® receives fast-tracked US patent

SITORO® receives fast-tracked US patent

The US has recognised the potential of a cutting-edge Australian security screening technology by granting Melbourne’s Southern Innovation an expedited US patent for SITORO on 3 June.

The ground-breaking radiation detection technology can interpret radiation faster and more accurately than existing technologies by decoding pulse pile-up. This has enormous potential for identifying contraband material in both containerised and airborne cargo, as well as applications in the medical imagining and mining sectors.

Recognising the importance of the technology, the US Patent and Trademark Office fast-tracked the examination process. The US patenting authority was clearly very interested in the implications for Homeland Security and detecting terrorist threats,’ said David Scoullar, Managing Director of Southern Innovation. ‘They wanted to remove patenting hurdles so the SITORO technology can be licensed by manufacturers as quickly as possible.’

The importance of the SITORO technology’s security screening potential was also recognised by London Business School’s Global Security Challenge when it was a finalist in the Asia awards in September 2007.

About Southern Innovation:
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. For more information contact