Technologies for safety

The safety of people working on the CERN site is of highest priority to the Organization, and CERN’s unique environment combining various types of radiation, extremely low temperatures, ultra-high magnetic fields and very high voltages, requires innovative solutions for detecting threats and preventing risks from materialising. These technologies are being embraced by some of the leading companies in the field. CERN is proud that its commitment to creating a safe and healthy work environment leads to concrete applications in safety.

 

Contributing to a better planet

CERN taps into its technologies and creativity to address another enormous challenge: a healthier and more sustainable planet. CERN’s contribution in this area ranges from more energy efficient cooling systems to novel biochemical sensors for water safety through novel irrigation techniques for the most challenging agricultural environments.

 

Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 is a massive trend of increasing automation and efficiency in manufacturing processes with connected sensors and machines, autonomous robots and big data technology. CERN’s accelerators, detectors and computing facilities call for the use of the latest industry 4.0 technology, while the technological solutions to CERN’s own challenges can be used in the automation industry.

 

Emerging technologies

Scientists and engineers at CERN are also working on technologies that are still in the “emerging” phase, and are expected to have significant impact in the future. One the one hand, strong interactions between the high-energy physics community and other scientific communities foster the interdisciplinary research necessary for such technologies. On the other hand, CERN’s need to plan its research programme in the very long term inspires visionary thinking and advances technology beyond what is considered possible today.

 

…and many others

The application areas, and potential application areas of CERN technologies and know-how, are obviously not limited to the ones mentioned above. Have a look at our technology portfolio - maybe any of our technologies could apply to your industry? Or maybe your company could learn from any of CERN’s areas of expertise? 

 

Find out more about how CERN technologies and know-how have impact across industries:

 

  • FLUKA: Simulations for Hadron Therapy
    FLUKA is a particle transport and interaction simulation code, originally developed by CERN and INFN for particle physics, which finds applications in a wide range of other domains including medical.
    medtech
    licensing
  • CELESTA Successful Start of Phase B
    CELESTA stands for CERN Latchup Experiments Student sAtellite and will be the first CERN-driven microsatellite.
    aerospace
  • B-RAD: Ensuring Radiation Safety in Strong Magnetic Fields
    Initially developed for use by CERN's radiation protection group and the fire brigade, CERN's B-RAD portable radiation survey meter uses innovative solutions based on silicon photomultipliers to continue operating in the presence of high magnetic fields.
    safety
  • FLUKA: Particle Simulations at Your Fingertips

    In 2016, there were eleven requests for FLUKA licences. Mainly from companies performing shielding studies, but also from some in the field of safety, inspection and auditing that requested the technology, as well as companies working in radio-protection related to dismantling activated... Read full project

    safety
  • GEMPix
    In 2016, CERN started investigating the use of GEMPix to measure the 3D energy deposition of a therapeutic ion beam in a water phantom, for medical imaging purposes.
    medtech
  • Power Converters in Extreme Conditions
    Industry has turned to CERN's expertise to assist with industrialisation of power converters.
    industry-4-0
  • TRACI: An Environmentally Friendly Cooler
    Nicknamed TRACI, for "Transportable Refrigeration Apparatus for CO2 Investigation", is a compact CO2 cooling system.
    better-planet
  • Programmable Devices in Extreme Conditions
    CERN developed a new multiple memory system (MMS), which solves this problem and increseses the reliability of a programmable system located in harsh environments.
    industry-4-0
  • Semiconductors for Medical Imaging
    G-RAY is a Swiss private company focused on the development and commercialisation of particle detectors and related services for medical imaging.
    emerging-technologies
    medtech
  • Picosecond Synchronisation
    White Rabbit is a protocol developed at CERN for monitoring and controlling devices based on industrial networking technology, made available as open hardware and open source software.
    industry-4-0
  • The Medipix Chips and Collaborations: from medical imaging to space dosimetry.
    Originally developed for use in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiments, the Medipix technologies have made the journey from CERN to applications across a wide range of sectors - an outstanding example of how technology developed at CERN can create societal impact.
    medtech
    aerospace
    industry-4-0
    other
  • Camstech: Electrochemical Sensors for Water Pollution Measurement
    The start-up Camstech Ltd joined the STFC-CERN Business Incubation Centre in 2016.
    better-planet
  • GeneROOT: From High-Energy Physics to Large Genomics Datasets
    GeneROOT uses a data-processing framework developed at CERN for the high-energy physics community, to analyse large genomics datasets.
    medtech
  • Towards Table-Top Synchrotron Light Sources
    Synchrotron radiation is a form of high-intensity X-rays, which enables high precision analysis of materials. A collaboration in the Netherlands, named Smart*Light, has started the development of table-top Inverse Compton Scattering source for high-intensity X-ray beams. It will enable scientific... Read full project
    emerging-technologies
  • A Train Inspection Monorail
    TIM, the Train Inspection Monorail, is a mini vehicle autonomously monitoring the 27-km long LHC tunnel.
    industry-4-0
  • Sensor Technology on Drones
    The start-up Terabee uses CERN sensor technology and started off providing aerial inspections and imaging services by deploying drones.
    industry-4-0
  • BioDynaMo: Simulating Biological Tissue Dynamics
    BioDynaMo aims to design and build a cloud-based computing platform for rapid simulation of biological tissue dynamics, such as brain development.
    medtech
  • Crystal Clear Collaboration
    The CERN group of the Crystal Clear Collaboration is developing new fast detector prototypes for use in both high-energy physics experiments and medical imaging.
    medtech
  • Lighting Your Safety Path in Radioactive Environments
    A project to renew the emergency lighting systems within the LHC, and other tunnels of CERN's accelerator complex, has resulted in an innovative design for a radiation resistant power supply.
    safety
  • RaDoM: Radon monitoring for cancer prevention
    Did you know that radon - a rare and naturally occurring radioactive gas - is the number one cause of lung cancer in non-smokers? Building on CERN's long-standing expertise in radiation protection, a very compact radon detector was developed, named RaDoM - for Radon Dose Monitor.
    better-planet
    medtech
  • Industrial Control and Automation
    CERN signed a knowledge transfer agreement with the company ETM, a 100% owned subsidiary of Siemens AG.
    industry-4-0
  • The Quasar Project
    CERN has now entered collaboration agreements with industrial power supply vendors, CAEN and ISEG to ensure delivery of integration components for CERN's multi-million CHF installations of tehir commercial off-the-shelf power supply devices.
    industry-4-0
  • From LHC Magnets to High-Field MRI and Efficient Power Grids

    The ever-increasing magnetic fields required to achieve the desired energies in colliders like the LHC and in the Future Circular Collider, are the main drivers for developing superconducting cable technology. Two technology synergies are emerging: high-field Magnetic... Read full project

    better-planet
    emerging-technologies
    medtech
  • Kryolize: Novel Cryogenic Safety Software
    Kryolize is a software tool for sizing relief valves that protect against overpressure, and benefits from funding from the CERN Knowledge Transfer Fund.
    safety
  • VESPER Maiden Test for Jupiter Environment

    VESPER stands for Very energetic Electron facility for Space Planetary Exploration missions in harsh Radiative environments. It is a high-energy electron beamline for radiation testing, part of the CTF3 (Compact Linear Collider Test Facility) experimental linear electron accelerator at CERN.

    aerospace
  • A Miniature Linear Accelerator for Cancer Therapy

    During 2016, the construction of the 750 MHz Radio-Frequency Quadrupole (RFQ) was successfully completed. This miniature machine is a linear accelerator - or linac; its small size and low current make the RFQ ideal for use in medical and industrial applications. A licence on... Read full project

    medtech
  • CERN-MEDICIS: Novel Isotopes for Medical Research

    The CERN-MEDICIS facility will produce innovative radioactive isotopes for medical research. In 2016, the installation of the facility has progressed significantly, the MEDICIS collaboration has expanded and the research activities within the related Marie Sklodowka-Curie... Read full project

    medtech
  • CNAO: Treating Cancer with Ions since 2011

    The National Center for Oncological Hadrontherapy (CNAO) in Pavia, Italy, is a facility offering advanced therapy to fight cancer and one of only five centres in the world treating with both protons and carbon ions. Of the thousand patients treated so far, over 80% exhibit... Read full project

    medtech
  • The compact universal orbital cutter: a tool for industrial piping needs
    CERN technician Didier Lombard developed a compact new pipe-cutting tool for the Large Hadron Collider, with potential applications in the gas and petrol industry.
    safety
  • Robotics Software

    The CERN Robotics Software is used to manage autonomous movement, which allows a modular robotics platform to perform sophisticated tasks. CERN developed this technology to protect its personnel against hazards in the accelerator facilities. It includes drivers that allow... Read full project

    industry-4-0
  • FOSS4 Irrigation: how can high energy physics help with water shortage?

    Since 2016, CERN is part of a research project to develop a system for optimised irrigation, based on technologies developed for high-energy physics. The irrigation system will use fibre-optic sensors designed to measure parameters such as temperature, humidity, concentration... Read full project

    better-planet
  • Hyperloop

    The Hyperloop competition, intiated by SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk, sets the challenge of devising a pod-like transportation system travelling at sonic or even ultrasonic speeds in high-vacuum tubes over several hundreds of kilometres - reducing travel times from hours... Read full project

    emerging-technologies
  • CERN Virtual Machine File System for Euclid Science Data Centres
    Sharing software and codes in big data environments is a challenge. To do this efficiently researchers at CERN have developed a system called CernVM-FS, for CERN Virtual Machine File System, which is currently used in high-energy physics experiments to distribute about 350 million files.
    aerospace
  • TIGRE: A new open source software for medical imaging

    In 2016, CERN and the University of Bath released a new shareware toolbox for fast, accurate 3D X-ray image reconstruction with applications in medical imaging for cancer diagnosis and treatment. It offers a simple and accessible way to improve imaging and potentially reduce... Read full project

    medtech
  • MedAustron: A new Ion therapy Centre became operational

    MedAustron is a facility located in Wiener Neustadt, Austria, that uses an accelerator to generate ion beams for cancer therapy and research. 2016 has been a busy and exciting year for MedAustron, which has been operating 24/7 since January. In September, the facility... Read full project

    medtech

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