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3 June, 2014 - 11:34 By News Desk

Anti-terrorist innovator raises £700k via SyndicateRoom


A UK company that makes bomb and weapon scanners said to be the first in the world able to detect even 3D printed guns and weapons has raised £700k on the Cambridge crowdfunding platform SyndicateRoom.

Radio Physics Solutions designs security scanners, bomb and weapons detectors for law enforcers and governments around the world and has developed a device capable of detecting composite, non-metallic weapons.

In a recent test for NABIS, the UK’s National Ballistics Intelligence Service, the firm’s technology took less than a second to detect a concealed plastic gun made on a 3D printer. It was able to detect the potentially deadly weapon at a range of up to 25 metres.

The detector is the latest in a series of sophisticated products designed by the company to save lives at transport hubs. Its goal is to counter the threat posed by firearms as well as personally-carried suicide bombs.

The company, which specialises in imaging devices that use extremely high frequency radio waves to ‘see’ through obstacles and clothing, also makes radar equipment for aircraft which will allow pilots to fly safely through fog, dust and smoke.

Founded in 2009, RPS is based in the Cyber Valley area of Western England, which is home to dozens of highly sophisticated – but frequently secretive – technology and cyber security firms.

It initially sought to raise £600K by selling equity through SyndicateRoom, but strong investor demand allowed it to overfund – and it ultimately sold £700k of equity.

Under SyndicateRoom’s unique crowdfunding model, the investment has come from both professional – angel – investors, together with a crowd of smaller backers. Professional investors have pledged £380K, and further equity was sold to sophisticated investors willing to invest a minimum of £1000.

Gonçalo de Vasconcelos, founder and CEO, SyndicateRoom, said: “Radio Physics Solutions has assembled a truly impressive team of scientists who share a compelling goal – to use technology to make the world a safer place.

“They are on the frontline in the fight against terrorism, and have already secured seven patents around the world for their groundbreaking designs.

“Their scanners are able to detect not just conventional weapons like firearms and knives, but also improvised bombs and composite guns.

“There is a huge, global market for such technology – from mass transport hubs to government buildings and major sporting venues. Anywhere there is a potential terror threat, RPS technology can keep people safe.

“After several years of exhaustive product testing, the company has formed partnerships with Scotland Yard and several leading US defence contractors. Now the technology is market-ready and RPS is seeking investment to allow it to unlock its full potential.”

Lord Douglas Dundonald, chairman of RPS, added: “We are delighted to have successfully raised capital on the SyndicateRoom platform and to have comfortably exceeded our funding target. I’m now looking forward to welcoming new members to RPS who have an interest in supporting a highly disruptive British technology company in bringing life-saving equipment to market.”

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