S Korea pushes for radioactive source-tracking system in Vietnam
March 27 2012 — South Korea is pushing a pilot project to install a radioactive source-tracking system in Vietnam as a measure to ensure nuclear security.
South Korea, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and Vietnam agreed on the sidelines of the ongoing second Nuclear Security Summit to consider introducing the Radiation Source Location Tracking (RADLOT) system in the Southeast Asian country, the event’s Preparatory Secretariat said.
The RADLOT, developed by the Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety, is capable of tracking radioactive sources in real time through Global Positioning System satellite signals and mobile telecommunication networks, according to the secretariat. The state-run nuclear safety regulator currently uses the system to track nearly 1,400 radioactive sources in the country.
Under the project, Seoul is slated to provide and install the state-of-the-art system in Vietnam with assistance from the United Nations nuclear watchdog.
“Seoul will share the outcome of the project with other countries that are interested in the system to enhance nuclear security on a national and global level,” an official at the secretariat said.