Asqella Ltd, a spin-off of VTT, is in the process of commercialising
revolutionary passive THz imaging technology capable of remote detection of
concealed items. The company has received nearly one million euros in funding
from business angels, VTT Ventures Ltd and Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency
for Technology and Innovation.
The company sees substantial demand for the new high-throughput screening
applications in areas such as loss prevention, event security, and security in
public places. The absence of radiation means there are no health concerns in
using the product. The financing will catalyse product development and help in
building the routes to market.
The product provides the customer with an absolutely safe capability for
detecting concealed items on moving subjects at a stand-off range of between 5
and 15 metres. The system is passive, neither irradiating the person subject to
screening nor revealing anatomical details.