Technologies for Transparency
To enhance transparency of nuclear energy systems in the Asia Pacific we propose making information available concerning: Radiation in the air Radiation in the water Operational safety of nuclear facilities Transportation safety Safety of spent fuel and other fissile material For details about these technologies, follow the hyperlinks. Sample data are presented from various cooperative experiments or public systems in Australia, Japan, and the United States as illustrations. The diagram below sketches how data addressing these issues at various sites could be communicated through a single, internet-based information network. The data user would acquire data through the central server. Authentication could be part of the system; password protection for access control is also an option. The NEWNET radiation measuring system and the transportation safety system would report to a central data archive through satellite links. In each case this takes advantage of existing communication technologies. For more information click on the respective topics above. Nuclear facility safety would combine existing On-Site Radiation Monitors, new Remote Monitors, and existing operational data with the aim of showing that the facility is operating normally. A computer on-site would gather this data, process it for transmission, and communicate it to the central server over the Internet The central Internet server is currently located at Sandia National Laboratories in support of the CSCAP Generic Nuclear Energy Transparency System. The server archives data, provides authentication and password control, and is the user access point. Operating on the external network of Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, the server is maintained by staff of the Cooperative Monitoring Center (CMC). The NEWNET data would be archived separately at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where technical support would be available to maintain data quality. The user would acquire the NEWNET data through the central server at the CMC.