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CBRNe Convergence 2021

Written by Steven Pike on 29 October 2021

CBRNe Convergence

The CBRNe Convergence 2021 is thrilled to be returning after last year’s hiatus. This edition of the event will be taking place in Orlando, Florida from 2–4 November 2021. The event will host three full days of conferences, workshops, and exhibitions. Click here to register. 

For the past 14 years, CBRNe Convergence has been the largest global CBRN responder-focused conference and exhibition. It is renowned for being an excellent space to listen to experts, find out about the latest CBRNe developments, and test the best products on the global market.

Argon Electronics is proud to announce that we will be attending the event, where we will exhibit, for the very first time, our brand-new Handheld Radiation Monitor Simulator (HRM-SIM).

Argon’s HRM-SIM will be at the exhibition

Argon Electronics recently launched a training simulator for the Handheld Radiation Monitor (HRM), made by Sensor Technology Engineering. Thanks to the close partnership between the two companies, the look, feel, and response of the HRM-SIM is remarkably similar to the actual detector.  

The HRM-SIM replicates the self-contained gamma ray and thermo neutron radiation detector for use in the interdiction and localisation of suspect devices and nuclear materials. Moreover, the SIM is powered by the same commercial batteries as the actual detector, providing an operational life of  typically 160 hours. Even the effect of user body shielding to determine source position is realistically simulated, which ensures survey teams understand what to do in the event of an emergency.

Benefits of the HRM-SIM

No need for a gamma or neutron training source, preventative maintenance, calibration, or consumables (except batteries) are required, ensuring the whole life cost of ownership is minimal. Additionally, the HRM-SIM is compatible with PlumeSIM, Argon’s proven Live Field and Tabletop CBRN exercise system.

The HRM-SIM’s key simulation features include:

  • Inverse square law (1/r2) response within real detector tolerance
  • Simulation of user body shielding for source location
  • Realistic representation of different shielding effects
  • Gamma, Neutron and Gamma + Neutron indications
  • Same human interface as real HRM
  • Sounder and vibrate alert simulation
  • Dose and dose rate alarm settings
  • Same batteries as real detector (80 hours operation)
  • No regular calibration
  • No preventative maintenance
  • PlumeSIM compatible
  • Compatible with other Argon radiological simulators

Speakers at the event

CBRNe Convergence will host many speakers from diverse backgrounds, including the fire service, CBRN consultancies, academia, the police, the government, and the military. Specific topics of interest at this year’s conference will include:

  • The chemical threat in the Middle East, with speakers from the UNODA, the Peshmerga, the Lebanese Atomic Energy Commission (speaking about the Beirut blast), and the team that investigated the destruction that Daesh left behind in Mosul.
  • Domestic terrorism in the U.S. and U.K.
  • Keeping Superbowls safe

A full list of the speakers attending the event can be found here.

Post-event special event

After the live event in November, CBRNe Convergence will host another event from 6–9 December including the majority of the presentations from the main event in addition to several additional presentations. The following week, the largest exhibition of CBRN equipment in the world will host a virtual exhibition. This will allow all participants to resume conversations from the event and to continue networking.

Additional products Argon will exhibit at CBRNe Convergence 2021

In addition to our new HRM-SIM, there will be a range of training systems on show including Argon’s new MultiGAS-SIM, simulators for the Smiths  LCD3.3, Proengin AP4C, Mirion / Canberra RDS100 / PDR77 and Thermo FH40G.

We will give a live demonstration at the event of the PlumeSIM, an instrumented CBRN training system now in use by many leading training facilities across the globe.

PlumeSIM-SMART, our App-based system will also be on display. Perfect for both command officer and operator training, PlumeSIM-SMART enables tabletop and field emergency planning exercises to be easily implemented anywhere in the world.

Argon’s training systems are in use by many organisations globally to enhance Chemical, Biological, Radiological Nuclear (CBRN), and Hazardous Material (HazMat) training.

Getting in touch with Argon Electronics

To learn more about how our radiation and chemical hazard detection simulators and simulator training can aid your existing CBRNe and HazMat instruction programmes, please stop by Booth 108 to view our products and speak with a member of our team.

If there is a specific topic you would like to discuss, or if you would like to organise a personal meeting with us, please feel free to contact us ahead of the event to arrange a personal meeting.

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Steven Pike

Written by Steven Pike

Steven Pike is the Founder and Managing Director of Argon Electronics (UK) Ltd. A graduate of the University of Hertfordshire, Steven has been awarded a number of international patents relating to the field of hazardous material training systems and technology.