Pairing gamma survey meters & drones: an emergency monitoring system - Bertin Instruments

Radiological air monitoring

Pairing gamma survey meters & drones: an emergency monitoring system

Sources: ILL (Institut Laue-Langevin), Grenoble, France


The Laue-Langevin Institute (ILL) is an international research center for neutron science in Grenoble, France. It operates a high-flux 58 MW nuclear reactor producing fission in a compact-core fuel element. Every year, 1.400 scientists visit the ILL and 800 experiments are performed.

The ILL Grenoble has to respect the same safety rules as the other nuclear operators in France (EDF, AREVA or CEA), and monitor radiations in the environment for its routine operations, but also in case of an emergency situation (including nuclear accidents).

In order to get radiological measurements, the ILL combines Bertin Instruments’ MiniTRACE Radio Gamma survey meters with drones. In case of an incident, this system ensures the identification of the contaminated areas, even during a communication shutdown.

Laue-Langevin Institute (ILL), Grenoble, France


In case of an incident, the system (combining MiniTRACE Gamma S10R with a drone) flies directly to a predefined position to send real-time and accurate radiation measurements through the ShortLINK radio. The MiniTRACE Gamma S10R can also be dropped on the field if needed and be localized with its embedded GPS module.


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