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DHS Announces Winners of Opioid Detection Challenge

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The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate has unveiled the champion of a global $1.55M competition on opioid detection technology.

IDSS, winner of the Opioid Detection Challenge, will receive a $500K grand prize for its IDSS Detect 1000 scanner tool, DHS said Thursday.

IDSS Detect 1000 uses 3D X-ray computed tomography and automated algorithms to detect an item's abnormalities based on physical features.

One Resonance is the competition's runner-up and will receive $250K for the QROD system, a tool that detects materials via radio frequency signals.

“Through this combined effort to address the trafficking of opioids, S&T, our federal partners, and the private sector have produced technology solutions that will better protect the American people from the effects of this devastating crisis," said William Bryan, acting undersecretary for science and technology at DHS.

A panel of judges from a range of security of industrial fields determined the competition's winners based on a set of criteria.