Title: Performance of the IEC 63047 demonstration device
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2019
JRC N°: JRC116872
ISBN: 978-92-76-08684-0 (online)
ISSN: 1831-9424 (online)
Other Identifiers: EUR 29787 EN
OP KJ-NA-29787-EN-N (online)
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC116872
DOI: 10.2760/041774
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) published a new international standard, IEC 63047, specifying a data format for list-mode digital data acquisition used in radiation detection and measurement. IEC 63047 was developed under the lead of the JRC in the frame of Commission mandate M/487 issued by The Commission's Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW). The pre-normative research for this standard was performed by the European Reference Network for Critical Infrastructure Protection (ERNCIP), in particular its Thematic Group on Radiological and Nuclear threats to critical infrastructure. The JRC and the ERNCIP RN TG promote the use of the standard in a wide range of applications involving radiation detection and measurement: novel detector technologies, nuclear security, reachback/expert support and robotics. The standard can be applied to CBRNE detection equipment because it includes features to represent data from any kind of sensor, including geolocation. The JRC developed a demonstration device from off-the-shelf components and proposed and tested an open-source solution for encoding and decoding binary IEC 63047 messages. The ERNCIP RN Robotics subgroup developed a software interface between IEC 63047 and the Robot Operating System (ROS). The demonstration device consists of a single-board computer, a spectrometric radiation detector and a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) receiver which enables real-time-kinematics to achieve centimetre accurate positioning. Tests performed at the JRC-Geel site assessed the performance of the demonstration device in laboratory and field conditions. Using real-time kinematics and a base station, the positioning data from the GNSS receiver was found to be accurate up to a few centimetres, for speeds up to 3 m/s (faster was not tested). The demonstration device and the ROS software were also successfully tested by Fraunhofer FKIE, who mounted the device on a land robot. The basic performance of the radiation detector module corresponds with performance claimed by the manufacturer. The detector responds quickly to changing radiation fields. Data produced was fully compliant with the data format standard IEC 63047, and can be shared with subscribers over the ROS network using the device driver developed by Fraunhofer FKIE. It is fair to believe that the demonstration device is rugged enough and suitable for field conditions, providing adequate environmental protection. This report is Deliverable 4.3 of the ERNCIP RN Thematic Group for the 2018-2019 Work Programme.
JRC Directorate:Nuclear Safety and Security

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