National Nuclear Security Administration

Sandia wins tech transfer award from lab consortium

February 17, 2016

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EOD technician using XTK from within his response vehicle during a training exercise.

NNSA’s Sandia National Laboratories won the Federal Laboratory Consortium’s (FLC) 2016 Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer for a decontamination product that neutralizes chemical and biological agents and for software that helps emergency responders disable improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

The image processing and analysis software, XTK, helps emergency responders better perform in the high-stress, time critical mission of disabling improvised explosive devices (IEDs). It is estimated that XTK is now in the hands of over 20,000 end users in most of the 467 recognized non-military bomb squads across the U.S.

By offering the software for free, and developing efficient ways to supply the application, hardware accessories, and training, XTK has saved the emergency response community millions of dollars in licensing fees and training costs. Even more importantly, XTK is helping to save the lives of emergency responders and those they serve and protect.

Read more about the award and the lab professionals whose work made it possible here.


EOD technicians use XTK to help analyze and disable an IED.