: systems in operation
Status March 2003
Nationwide online Gamma Surveillance Network in Mexico based on GammaTRACER and DataGATE
The Mexican Commission of Nuclear Protection and Security – CNSNS – decided in 2001 for GammaTRACER for setting up a nation wide automatic network for monitoring ambient radioactivity (RENAMORA). With the aid of the IAEA in a first phase 10 autonomous probes have been installed around the NPP at Laguna Verde. For transmission of data to CNSNS headquarter in Mexico City DataGATE devices are applied as interfaces to induct data into the public telephone network. In the final stage RENAMORA will be extended to a total of more than 50 GammaTRACER probes spread over the whole country. Therewith the network will cover 80 per cent of Mexico’s total population.
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In 1999 the Ukrainian NPP Rovenskaja, Rovno, has placed a contract for a conventional cable linked network of 40 GammaTRACER probes. The background to choose this technical solution was based on the fact that the system had to be integrated in structures available with the former environmental surveillance system. The contract was gained by the efforts of Positron Technology, Frankfurt. The system is in operation since summer 1999, see reference letter after more than two years of operation.
In April/May 1999 the Slovak Hydrometeorological Institute (SHMI), Jaslovske Bohunice, has fully equipped their national environmental monitoring network with 27 GammaTRACER probes in a conventional cable linked set-up. This approach was chosen to include the equipment into the existing national network. Future plans reach out to a complete restructuring of the network in favor of the SkyLINK approach. The contract was followed by Austrian based Ysselbach Umwelttechnik GmbH, Vienna, together with Saphymo.
SAPHYMO GmbH, Heerstraße 149, D-60488 Frankfurt a.M.,