DHS Awards Spectral Labs as one of two Small Businesses to Develop Handheld Advanced Detection Technology

Spectral Labs is one of two companies selected by DHS to move forward in a Phase II SBIR to develop handheld passenger screening technology. Homeland Security Today has published a summary here, as well as a second article titled “New Handheld Screening Wands Could Reduce the Need for Airport Pat-Downs“. Homeland Preparedness News also has also listed an article here.

Spectral Labs’ COVID-19 Response

Spectral Labs is committed to protecting the health of our customers, employees, and community during this pandemic. To keep a safe environment, we have taken many steps to minimize work related physical contact and are continuously keeping up to date with proper precautions. Some of these measures include:

  • Practicing strict social distancing and using personal protective equipment while working on site.
  • Washing hands frequently and wiping down work surfaces, tools, and other points of contact with disinfecting wipes while working on site.
  • Limiting employees working on site. Working remotely from home whenever possible.
  • Utilizing phone, email, and meeting tools such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams not only to communicate with our customers, but to coordinate with each other.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting our facility more frequently

We are closely monitoring the situation and following guidelines recommended by the US Government, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and San Diego County Health to continue at the best of our ability to perform work.

Spectral Labs’ New Building

Spectral Labs is excited to announce the opening of our new space at 15930 Bernardo Center Drive! Our new facility is located across the lot from our other building, and is a needed expansion as our company has grown. The new space features a new production space downstairs with a space for our Technology Training Division upstairs.

Spectral Labs will be participating in the next IEEE 2011 International Games Innovation Conference.

Spectral Labs will be participating in the next IEEE 2011 International Games Innovation Conference.

Spectral Labs will present two papers on the Realistic and Adaptive Interactive Learning System (RAILS) during the IEEE 2011 International Games Innovation Conference. Both papers:

“Integrating Radiation Transport Models in a 3D Video Game to Train Nuclear Detection Techniques” and “Realistic and Adaptive Interactive Learning System (RAILS) exploiting 3D Video Games” have been admitted for presentation and have been assigned to the Paper Sessions Program of the International Games Innovation Conference (IGIC).

This event will be held on November 2 and 3 of 2011 in the City of Orange, California—for more details click here. The IGIC conference is focused on the latest developments in gaming technology.

The paper being presented can be downloaded here: PDF File

Spectral Labs Incorporated is pleased to announce that Dr. Bill Hagan has joined our Board of Directors.

Spectral Labs Incorporated is pleased to announce that Dr. Bill Hagan has joined our Board of Directors.

Dr. William K Hagan’s in depth executive experience with complex technology development endeavors will provide Spectral Labs management with independent guidance to pursue practical solutions to National Security issues.

Now providing technical and management guidance to a number of companies engaged in supporting National Security missions, Dr. Hagan was formerly the Acting Director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) reporting directly to the Secretary of Homeland Security. DNDO’s mission is to reduce the risk of domestic nuclear terrorism through research and development, testing, operations support, pilot programs, nuclear forensics, and coordination of government assets and operations. Prior to serving as Acting Director, Dr. Hagan was the Acting Deputy Director, Assistant Director for the Transformational Research and Development (R&D) Directorate, and Chief Science Officer of DNDO.
In the latter role he was responsible for long-term R&D seeking technologies that can make a significant or dramatic positive impact on the overall mission to prevent nuclear terrorism.

Prior to DNDO, Dr. Hagan was a Senior Vice President at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), where he worked for 30 years. Focus areas included nuclear technology, telecommunications, optics, transportation, system integration, and technology assessments. Business roles included group leadership, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital investment, and business development.

Dr. Hagan earned a BS in Engineering Physics, MS in Physics, and MS in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana. He received his PhD in Physics from the University of California at San Diego in 1986.


Spectral Labs awarded a DOD SBIR Phase I for the “IED Threat Mapping Information System (ITMIS) Network”.

The overarching ITMIS program objective is to integrate and fuse existing off the shelf sensors, communications and processing hardware with algorithms that enable mapping IED threats so as to reduce danger to bomb technicians and to minimize the peril of the general public as the IED threat spreads, perhaps even to our Homeland. To meet this challenge the path taken during Phase I will be to focus on laboratory demonstration of a Proof of Concept system that will show scalability as well as the ability to detect simulated threats, and also to suppress alarms for simulated benign data that could be interpreted as a threat.


SLI awarded a DHS SBIR Phase I award and starting work on the “Non-Intrusive Checkpoint Screening Wand (NICS)”.

The ultimate Multi-Function Wand (MFW) Program Technical Objective is to successfully design and fabricate a mature Non-Intrusive Checkpoint (NIC) Wand prototype that exploits modern signal processing algorithms to fuse the electromagnetic, ultrasonic and metal sensors planned. This prototype will be suitable for independent evaluation at the Transportation Security Laboratory (TSL) or an equivalent US Government test lab at the end of a potential Phase II program.