High-tech equipment made in County Durham has been used to protect European dignitaries at a  major event.

Radiation detection equipment created by Kromek Group in Sedgefield secured VIPs including Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission and the Belgian Prime Minister, Alexander De Croo. at the launch of the Festival of the New European Bauhaus, at the Art and History Museum in Brussels.

The EU Commission Protective Security Advisor team supporting the security services utilised the Kromek equipment to secure the venue against radiological threats, as VIPs, exhibitors and invited guests from across Europe gathered for the opening event.

The New European Bauhaus is an interdisciplinary initiative launched by the European Commission, connecting the European Green Deal to create a sustainable and inclusive future.


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The initiative emphasises the importance of combining design, sustainability, accessibility, affordability, and investment to help deliver the Deal. It represents a significant effort to integrate environmental, economic, and cultural projects.

Kromek’s portable radiological detector D3S was deployed at the festival’s launch.

The Northern Echo:  Kromek detection equipment at the European Bauhaus launch Kromek detection equipment at the European Bauhaus launch (Image: Kromek)

The mobile phone-sized detector is used to search and identify radioactive doses in the environment and give feedback to the user instantaneously.

Dr Arnab Basu, CEO of Kromek, said: “We are delighted, once again, that Kromek’s world-leading technology has been deployed to support the safe and smooth operation of an internationally significant event.

“It is a regrettable fact that the modern world is a volatile place, where the spectre of war and international discord is an everyday reality. It is incumbent upon all the nations of the world to ensure they have the tools to keep us all safe from those who wish us ill.”