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Minister for Defence - Media Release - Australian Industry Develops Tool Against Terrorism

The Hon. Minister Pyne, Minster for Defence meets with GreyScan and Grey Innovation. 

The Hon. Minister Pyne, Minster for Defence meets with GreyScan and Grey Innovation. 

07 September 2018 - Media Release from Minister of Defence:


Australian industry has developed a unique device capable of rapidly detecting homemade explosives, providing security agencies with a powerful tool against terrorism. 

Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne, launched a prototype of the Greyscan explosive detection device while visiting the Grey Innovation Group facilities in Melbourne.

“I commend Grey Innovation Group on this pioneering product which will help make Australians safer. It is yet another example of Australian innovation delivering critical capability,” Minister Pyne said.

“This is an exciting technology which addresses the growing need for detection capabilities at high risk locations such as Defence and police facilities, cargo handling facilities, entry and exit points for large events and of course in the aviation market.

The Greyscan technology was developed by the University of Tasmania and matured with funding from the National Security Science and Technology Centre which is now part of Defence Science and Technology.

The United States Transport Security Administration is planning to trial the technology as part of its aviation security measures, recognising that inorganic explosives trace detection is a capability gap which the GreyScan technology fills.

Posted on September 10, 2018 and filed under Safety.

EUROSATORY 2018 – Defence & Security International Exhibition

GreyScan Director, Jefferson Harcourt and Defence Industry Minister, Christopher Pyne, enjoying the view in the heart of Paris at a reception hosted by the Australian Ambassador to France at the Australian Embassy.

GreyScan Director, Jefferson Harcourt and Defence Industry Minister, Christopher Pyne, enjoying the view in the heart of Paris at a reception hosted by the Australian Ambassador to France at the Australian Embassy.


Paris is the host city for the Eurosatory Defence and Security Exhibition, one of the largest in the world. Australia has organised its own Pavilion through Team Defence Australia and GreyScan® is one of the prime technologies being showcased.

During the visit, Jefferson and the GreyScan Executive VP Europe, André Poirson, will be demonstrating the transformative Explosive Trace Detection (ETD) device to the Ministry of Interior and senior defence officials among other signal agencies.

Eurosatory gathers around 300 companies from 140 countries in the land and airland Defence and Security domains at Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre from 11-15 June 2018.

Eurosatory 2018 is the not-to-be-missed event with, for the first time, an Australian delegation joining key players in defence and security matters from across the globe, showcasing the latest advances and demonstrating new technologies offering solutions to the threats and security needs of the day.

Posted on June 13, 2018 and filed under Safety.

Greyscan attracts strong interest at the Defence Services Asia 2018 conference, Kuala Lumpur

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Jefferson Harcourt, Director, Grey Innovation is currently part of Team Defence Australia, the Australian delegation at the 2018 Defence Services Asia (DSA) exhibition and conference in Malaysia. DSA is an international Defence and Security exhibition in Asia and one of the top 5 defence shows in the world. 

There to promote and demonstrate the GreyScan ETD 100, Jefferson has met with the Hon Christopher Pyne, Minister for Defence Industry, Australian Federal Police (AFP) representatives in the region, Government agency representatives concerned with the threat of home made explosives and leading regional distributors.    

GreyScan offers the next generation in high sensitivity, fieldable explosive trace detection for inorganic explosives. For more information about GreyScan, please visit:


Posted on April 18, 2018 and filed under Safety.

GreyScan Technology Featured on ABC News

GreyScan has been featured in ABC news as the next generation in trace explosive detection technology. Based on research conducted at the University of Tasmania, Grey Innovation is developing this ground breaking product.

"This can detect homemade bombs, the types of bombs in the Oklahoma bombings, Boston bombings and perhaps London and Madrid," Professor Breadmore said.

Jefferson Harcourt from Grey Innovation said that the increasing threat of global terrorism was demanding better technology. "The threat is always moving and it's incumbent on engineers and scientists around the world to keep ahead of the threat”.

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Posted on September 22, 2016 and filed under Safety.

Innovation Award Winner

The background technology to Greyscan, Scantex, has been awarded the inaugural 2015 Innovative Tasmania Awards, announced in Launceston.  These awards recognise five categories for innovations that have had an impact on Tasmania. Categories include Food and Beverage Production; Science, Technology and Transport; Sport, Leisure and The Arts; Politics, Governance and Security; and Community and Environment.

Grey Innovation was delighted to learn that Scantex won the category for innovation within Politics, Governance and Security. This technology is a world first in explosive detection due to its ability to detect military, commercial, and homemade inorganic explosives. This overcomes limitations with existing screening techniques which struggle to detect these forms of explosives.

For more information on the Innovative Tasmania Awards:

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Posted on November 25, 2015 and filed under Safety.


26 AUGUST 2014
Grey is exhibiting at the Berlin Innotrans Trade Fair late September this year, the largest exhibition globally for railway technology.
Innotrans will see Grey Innovation launching their new Track Alert System (TAS) for rail safety.
TAS is a world first mobile automatic track warning system that provides an additional safety layer for track workers above the safety systems in place at the worksite.
There is no comparable product to TAS today; the Track Alert System far exceeds the current manual lookout system, which saw increased fatalities around rail infrastructure as a result of distraction, fatigue and poor communication.
TAS is a reliable and robust system, providing a novel use of sensors and correlation algorithm to allow train detection with a 100% detection success rate.
TAS is an easy to use, fast to install wireless system. It is also lightweight and portable, making it user friendly and ideal for short term rail maintenance.
TAS has attracted national and global interest from rail operators, and is expected to have applications in both private and public rail safety including mining and rail sectors.


Posted on August 26, 2014 and filed under Safety.


25 JULY 2014
The University of Tasmania has stepped up the fight against terrorism by licensing two technologies, Scantex and CEScan, to Melbourne based technology commercialisation firm Grey Innovation.
Scantex and CEScan have been developed in collaboration with Australian forensic and policing authorities to detect homemade explosives, such as those used in London, Madrid, Bali, and Boston. 
CEScan is the first comprehensive instrumentation in the world to detect the full range of explosives, including military, commercial and homemade inorganic and peroxide explosives, overcoming the limitation of existing screening techniques that struggle to detect modern explosives. CEScan with its breadth of capability is expected to find application in centralised analytical environments such as forensic and customs laboratories.
Using the same base technology, Scantex has been designed as a field deployable version of CEScan system that provides fast detection of homemade explosives, making it ideal for use in airports and similar high-throughput environments. 

The Scantex technology has shown recent success with both Homeland Security and IHS Jane’s Airport Review.

Posted on July 25, 2014 and filed under Safety.