Portendo AB



Perimeter Protection

Securing and protecting perimeters and enclosed areas

Force Protection

Increases the security and speed of advancing troops

Portendo CheckPort

Complete vehicle checkpoint system

Portendo develops and markets threat detection equipment for homeland security, military and commercial security industries. Portendo's patent-pending technology can increase safety and operational capability in high-risk environments by providing quick and reliable detection of explosives, warfare agents and hazardous chemicals. The detection is made at a safe distance from the threatening object ensuring increased safety for the operators.

Over recent years the terrorism threat has increased globally and the market for threat detection is rapidly expanding. Portendo's products are designed to save the lives of professionals and civilians in high-risk environments. We provide tools for combatting terrorism leading to a safer society.

Portendo has several development co-operations with high-ranking research institutes, including the Swedish Defence Research Agency, as well as customer co-operations within the defence industry.

The company was founded in 2005 by Pierre Strömbeck, Peter Strömbeck, Daniel Svensson and Hans Mellström to commercialize Portendo's state-of-the-art explosives detection technology and system concept.

Detecting Threats and Providing a Safer Environment

Portendo's product portfolio is aimed at detecting explosives to provide a safer environment for troops, professionals and the general public. These products can be used in a variety of applications, with focus today on vehicle and cargo checkpoints. The common denominator is "saving lives" which we do efficiently while preserving the safety of the operator.

Perimeter Protection

To counter the threat of terrorist attacks on critical facilities and infrastructure in the civil society, there is a need for enhanced security including the ability to detect threats from vehicle-borne bombs. In a low-risk environment, preventive measures should be taken to avoid terror attacks on power plants, public transportation and certain events such as the Olympic Games. In a high-risk environment, security measueres are expanded to include road checkpoints, access control to hotels, shopping malls, etc.

Portendo's products are well suited to be integrated in security checkpoints and they can perform detection of explosives residue on passing vehicles. The simple operation, low cost and speed of measurement of our products allow examination of a large number of vehicles and therefore provides a far better security level than technologies used today.

Force Protection

One of the most significant threats to military troops in hostile environments are IEDs (Improvised Explosives Device) and other CBE (chemical, biological and explosives) threats. It is today very difficult to detect and identify IEDs at a safe distance. For advancing troops, these hidden threats severly limits operating capability and safety, a problem that Portendo's P.Eye products addresses.

The Products:


The Portendo P.Eye-S's represents the first product family for detecting explosives at safe distances (standoff detection). The P.Eye-S is suited for short-range remotely controlled detection in stationary and mobile vehicle checkpoints.

Protecting Borders and Critical Facilities

Portendo's P.Eye-S is perfectly suited to keep a facility or an area safe from terrorist threats without endangering your security personnel. Whether to keep VBIEDs away from power plants, sport stadiums or critical infrastructure or stopping suicide bombers at border checkpoints, the P.Eye-S will prove a necessary companion.

State-of-the-art technology

The P.Eye-S's unique features provide detection and distinction of most explosive compounds that may be hidden in cars, trucks, containers and baggage.

The P.Eye is based on Raman spectroscopy which identifies a wide range of compounds through their specific signatures. By targeting a subarea of the surface of a suspicious object, the P.Eye detector can find traces of explosives less than 100 micrograms. The P.Eye processes the result and delivers a clear and understandable result minimizing the need for training and special skills.

P.Eye-S Advantages

  • Easy-to-use detection equipment for explosives and chemical threats
  • Operated from a remote location minimizes threat to operators and security personnel
  • Minimum training and special skills needed
  • Signature database comprises a wide set of explosives and is easily updated

Portendo CheckPort

Portendo's P.Eye-S is the core component in Portendo's CheckPort concept, a novel vehicle checkpoint concept for increased security in areas with elevated terror threat.

The CheckPort consists of a complete package to enable state-of-the-art explosives detection technology to a vehicle checkpoint. It typically includes 1-3 P.Eye-S detectors, pan- & tilt-heads, power supply and an operator's workstation. The package also includes software and a training package for operators and security personnel.

The P.Eye-S can also be used as a stand-alone detector together with a laptop as a user interface.


The P.Eye-S enables screening of surfaces of vehicles and other objects for traces of explosives.

The P.Eye-S is operated from a remotely located operator's central. The operator's interface shows an image of the target and provides several options for quick and accurate screening of a vehicle.

The P.Eye-S analyzes subareas of the target of approximately 6 by 10 cm, one at a time. In order to screen a vehicle, the P.Eye-S is aimed at a subarea of the vehicle and the detection is initiated. Within tens of seconds, a result is presented. By simply testing a few subareas, there is a high probability to quickly find traces of explosives should the vehicle or passengers carry them.

Similarly, the P.Eye-S can analyze containers, cargo and baggage for traces of explosives.



Portendo's detection methods are based on Raman scattering which provides a unique molecular signature enabling selective identification. The Raman scattering is triggered by energizing the substance with directed energy from laser beams. Different techniques are used to enhance the otherwise weak Raman signal.

(C.V.Raman was awarded the 1930 Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery).

In Stand-off Detection unknown substances are detected and identified at a safe distance between the object and the detector/operator.

To identify an unknown substance a laser beam is aimed at the object and the Raman scatter of the reflected light is detected and analyzed. The resulting signature is matched with a database enabling identification of the unknown substance.

Portendo uses proprietary, patent-applied enhancements to Raman spectroscopy to achieve performance improvements of several orders of magnitude.
Research Projects

Portendo participates in two governmentally funded research projects:

LOTUS (Localization of Threats in the Urban Society) is a research project sponsored by the European Union seventh framework programme in the Security Research program. The LOTUS concept is aimed at detecting precursors to explosives over a wide urban area. Read more at the Lotus page at FOI.

DETEX (Detection of Explosives) is a three-year research project sponsored by Vinnova within the Swedish security research program. DETEX aims at detection of explosives at a distance of 30 meters. Portendo and the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI) are the main participants together with SAAB Systems, Karlstad University, Blekinge Institute of Technology and Lund University.


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May 2010

Portendo AB 19th May 2010

Portendo and BAE Systems Sign IED Threat Detection Agreement STOCKHOLM - Portendo AB and BAE Systems have signed an agreement to co-operate on civi[more]

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Portendo signs distribution agreement for the P.Eye-S Standoff Explosives Trace Detection System with Thailand's SWN Group. Portendo AB, the leader[more]

April 2010

Portendo AB 9th April 2010

Portendo Demonstrate P-Eye Standoff Explosives Detection Technology at CTX2010 Stand No D55 Counter Terror Expo 2010 Olympia, London, UK Por[more]

December 2009

Portendo AB 11th December 2009

Portendo Signs Distribution Agreement for the P.Eye Standoff Explosives Trace Detection System in India On Tuesday 8th December Portendo signed a d[more]

October 2009

Portendo AB 1st October 2009

Portendo successfully demonstrated their standoff threat detection equipment at EASC09 Portendo, leaders in standoff threat detection equipment, de[more]

April 2009

Portendo AB 23rd April 2009

Portendo appoints Gunilla Savring as new CEO Portendo's board of directors has appointed Gunilla Savring as the new CEO of the company. Port[more]

February 2009

Portendo AB 23rd February 2009

Portendo launches P.Eye explosives detector at Counter Terror Expo '09 in London Swedish threat detection and security technology company Po[more]

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