Electronic nose will provide security at TSU

25 March 2016

Tomsk State University is developing a set of measures to enhance the safety of staff and students. To ensure the people’s security, TSU will use its own invention, in particular the instruments Radioglaz-Antiterror and the “electronic nose” and techniques developed by University psychologists and biologists.

- Eduard Galazhinsky, the Rector of the University, raised the issue of strengthening security measures last year - says Sergey Fedko, Vice-Rector for Security. - The need for such action is that all the academic buildings in our university have free access. Of course, it would be possible to resolve this issue by using turnstiles to limit entry. But this approach is narrow and conservative, so we do not want to follow it.

By decision of the Academic Council, TSU created a special commission that is developing a set of protective measures, including technical facilities and educational programmes. Proper development of the University will help to figure out the potentially dangerous people and objects. In particular, the electronic nose created by the scientists of SPhTI TSU with radiophysicists of the University will help to prevent the introduction of prohibited substances in the buildings.

This device has a wide range of applications; it is able to assess the quality of the food and medical products, to diagnose diseases by human exhaled gases, to detect explosives and drugs.

Humanities will also contribute to improving the safety of the University. It is expected that the Faculty of Psychology will organize a special course for TSU’s security guards, who will be introduced to a method of identifying people who are concealing aggression. The research of biologists who have identified a number of features of human physiology that signal enemy intentions also will be used.

In addition, comprehensive measures include educational and awareness-raising projects, the purpose of which is the prevention of extremist sentiments among the students of TSU.