Colibri: Hand-Held Health Physics Communication ALARA Platform

Colibri: Hand-Held Health Physics Communication ALARA Platform
TTC: H*(10) dose rate
equivalent measurement from
background up to 10 Sv/h
(1000 rem/h)
VLD (Patent pending):
H*(10) dose rate equivalent
measurement from 10 nSv/h
to 1 mSv/h (1 µrem/h to
100 mrem/h)
Fast start up time: <15 sec
Multiple CSP™ probe host
Mapping applications with
GPS, Barcode or RFID reader
Multiple usability levels via
profile and user management
Easy data transfer and
instrument setup with
standard PC web browser
Background subtraction mode
Timer/Scaler for better MDA
Large data storage
Traceability: When, How,
Who, Where for each record
Wired or wireless probe
Large control buttons to
accommodate use with gloves
Large color touch screen
Easy to read display in all light
Hand-Held Health Physics
Communication ALARA* Platform
Colibri is a comprehensive health physics
instrument with unique characteristics that can
lower the dose exposure of HP technicians
and other workers in radiation areas. The
“always on” gamma dose feature ensures the
worker is always informed – even when using
the Colibri for contamination surveys with
attached probes. The Colibri also allows for
wireless data collection from pre-positioned
detectors that can be placed in radiation areas
– eliminating the need to attach probes, get
close to the source – then manually transcribe
data. Walk into the room – and Colibri performs
the survey for you – allowing exit from the rad
area in a fraction of the normal time.
Colibri is available in two different versions:
1. TTC (grey gasket) – for radiation area
measurements up to 10 Sv/h (1000 rem/h).
Colibri TTC will not saturate in case of a sudden increase of radiation
and will always provide the user with a reliable and precise doserate information when most other conventional instruments will stop
measuring. Thus, Colibri TTC is the ideal tool for daily survey inside
nuclear buildings, for radiation post accident follow-up and emergency
response follow-up (dose and contamination).
2. VLD – Very Low Dose (red gasket) for public area measurements starting
from 10 nSv/h (1 µrem/h). Colibri VLD is the smallest versatile instrument
capable of measuring precisely and quickly background level of doserate changes starting from 10 nSv/h with a saturation limit that allows
quantification of significant dose-rate hazard.
The large color touch screen reports real-time, error-free measurements for
up to eight CSP-CANBERRA Smart Probes (seven via Bluetooth and one via
CSP standard cable) while always displaying dose-rate at worker location.
Waterproof to 1 meter depth
Rechargeable batteries with
no memory effect
Always visible dose-rate
display for better user safety
3 µSv/h
300 µrem/h
Bluetooth® headset
Loud audio alarm and vibrator
Free and easy to upgrade
software via PC connection
*ALARA = As Low As Reasonably Achievable
10 Sv/h
1000 rem/h
(IEC/ANSI approved measurement ranges)
100 nSv/h
10 µrem/h
1 mSv/h
100 mrem/h
10mrem/h 100mrem/h
Colibri: Hand-Held Health Physics
Communication ALARA Platform
Colibri provides both fast reacting semi-log bargraph
and averaged digital reading for each measurement
window. The main window displays either the internal
detector dose-rate or the external probe read-out and
the secondary window shows the cumulated dose or the
Colibri dose-rate when one or multiple external probes
are connected.
Probe Scan
Keypad touch
screen extension
Figure 1: Colibri screen with external alpha /beta probe connected
It is always ready to go with no-memory-effect
rechargeable batteries and accompanies the worker in
the field with minimum constraint. It can be worn on the
belt with a permanent smooth clip, or held comfortably in
the hand using the finger strap and secure wrist strap.
The Colibri’s speaker emits alarm sounds as well
as other audible signals. In the event of a radiation
hazard, regardless of working conditions, an alarm
will sound along with a flashing LED and vibrator. The
standard available off the shelf Bluetooth headset will
better support source and contamination location in
noisy environments. When using a mixed Alpha /Beta
probe, the Colibri emits separate sounds to differentiate
between Alpha and Beta counts. This allows the user to
focus their eyes on things other than the Colibri.
Colibri TTC integrates a GM detector with CANBERRA
superior Time-To-Count technique that covers never
achieved dose rate range from background up to
10 Sv/h reducing the risk of saturation in unexpected
high dose rate situations. Colibri VLD is based on a CsI
scintillator with a novel energy compensation technique
that improves sensitivity over entire energy range (patent
pending). Colibri VLD allows quick measurement of very
low dose-rate while other instruments only estimate
such background level. Dose-rate is automatically
stored every five seconds in a date stamped internal file
allowing for post analysis.
Quality assurance and traceability is naturally embedded
in Colibri operations for each logged data and answer
typical questions like:
Q: When was the measurement taken?
A: With date and time stamped records.
Q: Who drove the measurement?
A: User login settable access.
Q: Was the instrument/probe calibration valid?
A: Calibration validity check and storage.
Q: Where was the user?
A: Internal GPS and/or external wireless
barcode/RFID reader.
Colibri Upgrades
You can download free of charge Colibri upgrades
on the firmware upgrade database available at This database will provide all
further software versions and applications to enable
additional features.
Colibri is compatible with all CANBERRA Smart Probes
(CSP). The probes extend the capabilities of the
instrument to a range of general surveying applications.
With CSP design, key components of hardware circuitry
(high voltage, amplifier, discriminator, etc.) are located
directly inside of the probe housing rather than in the
host survey instrument. Also, the intelligence associated
with controlling those components is located in the
probe – that is, control and storage of key parameters,
settings, calibrations, probe ID, alarm settings, etc. Thus
the probe is a fully-integrated subsystem acquiring and
transmitting the measurement to the instrument, which is
used for display.
With high voltage and digitization of the data occurring
in the probe rather than the instrument, measurement
accuracy is no longer dependent on cable quality as
with older analog systems. Also, the probes can be
plugged in “hot” without powering down the instrument
– the instrument immediately recognizes the probe
and automatically switches measurement to the mode
required for that specific probe.
Calibrations and QA measurements can be performed
directly with the probe, without even using the
instrument, by connecting the probe to a computer with
the CANBERRA calibration software (CSPS™). This
allows Colibris’ to remain deployed in the field while
various probes are being calibrated.
The Colibri can be connected to external probes
by a cable. It can also connect to the CSP probes
with wireless technology (Bluetooth) via CSP-COM
modules, eliminating the need for a cable. This eases
contamination surveys as the user is not dependent on
cable length and cable coil-ups.
Timer Scaler
Colibri incorporates a scaler timer mode that
allows user to select an integration time from 1 s
to 65535 and improves MDA. It displays the number
of counts for the selected period of time and the average
value in selected unit.
Colibri: Hand-Held Health Physics
Communication ALARA Platform
Source Finder Mode
The source finder mode has been designed to monitor
and display on an easy-to-understand graphic showing
the radiation trend vs. time, in any of the pre-selected
units. The graphic updates can be chosen within three
different dwell times: Fast = 250 ms, Medium = 500 ms
or Slow = 1 s.
This mode is useful
in decommissioning
applications with
contamination probes, when
the audio control is not
enough and when a more
precise control is required.
Figure 2: Colibri source
finder mode
Background Subtraction
Colibri includes a background subtraction mode. It
allows acquisition of a background for a selected
duration and subtracts it from next measurements
to display and store net results. Colibri allows for
the setting of a validity period after which the device
will query the user to perform a background update.
This mode is useful when performing contamination
measurement in a constant background area, thus
obtaining measurements reflecting real contamination
of a monitored object.
Data-Logging and Mapping applications
Colibri is the perfect instrument for mapping applications.
It can save a large number of measurements associated
with location data, such as GPS coordinates, barcode,
RFID tag or simply an incremental index. GPS is a
Colibri internal option while Barcode or RFID readers
connect via Bluetooth link.
Each logged data is encapsulated with QA information
about external probes and /or internal detector
calibration traceability. A comment can be entered via
a virtual touchscreen keyboard to highlight any specific
information for each measurement point.
The automatic data-logging function stores up to 60 000
records of 0 to 65535 seconds acquisition with time
interval of 0 to 200 000 seconds. It is a powerful mapping
tool when GPS coordinates are available.
Colibri manages three date stamped CSV files (MSEXCEL compatible) for each day of operation:
1. Automatic and
transparent storage
of dose-rate every
five seconds.
2. Manually triggered
data-logging with internal
detector and/or external
3. Automatic data-logging.
This selection facilitates data
retrieval because the user
only needs to identify the day
of interest.
Example of Automatic Data
logging measurements
achieved with Colibri GPS
and displayed on a map
Colibri improves ALARA
Colibri will always warn you of any radiation hazard.
When used without an external probe, Colibri displays
both the dose rate and the cumulative dose taken
since the Colibri has
been powered on. When
an external probe is
connected, it displays
both the external probe
measurement and the
internal dose rate, allowing
the user to be aware of
the dose rate level when
he is focused on the
contamination survey.
Figure 3: Colibri with external
single channel probe
Colibri features a loud audible alarm, visible LED and
vibrator, triggered by alarm set-point for dose-rate,
cumulative dose and external probes.
Colibri can connect to remote probes with the wireless
Bluetooth link. Probes can transmit measurement data
from the hot zone to the user, eliminating the need for
the user to enter the hot zone to control the area. It can
also be used to assess the radiation risk before entering
into a hazardous area. This decreases the total dose
exposure for the worker.
Colibri: Hand-Held Health Physics
Communication ALARA Platform
A Customizable Instrument
Colibri connects to a PC using a standard web browser
for data transfer and instrument setup. Connection can
be wired with the USB Colibri cable (part of standard
delivery) or wireless with internal Bluetooth link if the
user computer is Bluetooth capable.
A Ruggedized Platform
Colibri has been built to resist harsh environment
constraints. Its ABS housing is shock absorbant. Its
silicon rubber keypad provides excellent tactile control
compression recovery, and superior resistance to
extreme temperatures unlike an ordinary keypad.
Colibri can be set to any level between fully open and
highly restricted for a dedicated worker or a group of users.
Colibri is also waterproof, which makes it operational in
extreme environments.
Colibri includes user and profile management to adapt
the instrument to worker capabilities depending on
his primary task. The log-in function can be enabled
to bring an additional level of traceability since each
measurement stored is then linked to a specific user
name or group of users.
Field Upgradable Software
Colibri software can be periodically upgraded via PC
USB link with the standard delivered cable. As a result,
user continues to receive the benefit of future software
enhancement long after the instrument is purchased.
Colibri data and parameters are password protected.
Multiple Probe Connection
Colibri can connect to
eight CSP probes (one
via standard cable and
seven via CSP-COM
Bluetooth) and display
all probe measurements
simultaneously. The user
can decide to focus on one
specific probe manually
or automatically if a probe
turns an alarm off. The
latest alarming probe is
always displayed in main
Colibri with two probes connected; focus on alpha/beta probe
with beta channel alarming
Colibri comes with a wrist strap, and a rubber finger
strap. It also includes a smooth permanent metallic
belt clip.
Figure 4: Wrist, belt and hand straps (left);
Belt clip in use (right)
Colibri: Hand-Held Health Physics
Communication ALARA Platform
The standard Colibri package includes a carrying case
with USB cable and international AC power supply.
• An optional handle
which attaches the
Colibri to compatible
CSP probes (SG,
probes) greatly eases
contamination control
as only one hand is
required to perform
Figure 5: Handle for Colibri
• An internal GPS with typical three meters accuracy.
• External Bluetooth barcode or RFID reader.
The CSP-COM Bluetooth module
is necessary to enable wireless
communication from the probe side.
As Colibri is natively Bluetooth no
additional module is required on the
Colibri side.
Figure 6: Colibri in use with external probe
connected via Bluetooth with CSP-COM
Barcode or RFID
wireless reader
Units Displayed
a , b, g
g H*(10)
Figure 7: Compatible Probe List (non exhaustive)
DPMeq /100 cm2
g , X
g , X
a , b a
g H*(10)
g H*(10)
a , b
Colibri is provided with
a carrying case and
Emitter Displayed
US Mode SI Mode
Colibri: Hand-Held Health Physics
Communication ALARA Platform
DISPLAY UNITS – Internal Detector: Sv/h, Sv or rem, rem/h. H*(10) ambient gamma dose equivalent rate
(according to ICRP-60).
■ With external probes – c/s, Bqeq, Sv, Sv/h, Sveq, Bqeq/cm2, Sveq/h or cpm, rem/h, rem, R, R/h, DPMeq, DPMeq/100 cm2.
■ EMITTERS – Gamma.
■ DETECTOR – TTC: Energy Compensated Geiger
Mueller. VLD: CsI(Tl) with energy compensation.
■ SENSITIVITY (137Cs) – TTC: 0.73 c/s per µSv/h
(438 cpm per mR/h), VLD: 70 c/s per µSv/h
(27 kcpm per mR/h).
■ MEASUREMENT RANGE – TTC: 0.05 µSv/h to 10 Sv/h
(5 µrem/h to 1000 rem/h), VLD: 10 nSv/h to 1 mSv/h
(1 µrem/h to 100 mrem/h).
■ IEC APPROVED RANGE – TTC: 3 µSv/h to 10 Sv/h
(300 µrem/h to 1000 rem/h), VLD: 100 nSv/h to 1 mSv/h
(10 µrem/h to 100 mrem/h).
48 keV to 1.5 MeV, VLD: 59 kev to 1.5 MeV.
USE – Choice of one within a list of 10 preset and
editable values.
■ EXTERNAL PROBES – 10 editable values for each unit
to display, stored in probe memory.
■ Each value is editable via PC setup software (CSPS)
and Colibri.
DISPLAY – 3.5 in. QVGA TFT 240 * 320 with backlight.
■ AUDIBLE ALARM – >85 dB at 30 cm, typical: 90 dB.
■ Vibrator.
■ VISUAL – Flashing red LED, alarm pictogram and screen display color (red).
■ KEYBOARD – Ruggedized silicon keyboard with six buttons: power, audio, light, up, down, enter.
■ OPERATING CONTROLS – Complete and automatic self test when switching on. Periodical control of main functions when in use.
■ DATA STORAGE (internal or external detector) – Measure, selected thresholds, probe identification,
serial number, time and date, calibration data and
location data. 512 MB flash memory.
BATTERIES – Integrated rechargeable Batteries (Li-ion).
EXTERNAL CHARGER – 100-240 V ac/47-63 Hz.
■ CHARGE TIME – 2 hours approx.
■ BATTERY LIFE – Up to 25 h (based on TTC version);
display of ‘low battery’ pictogram when battery life is
<1 hour.
HOUSING – Molded polycarbonate housing with elastomer and Silicon keyboard. Waterproof and easy to decontaminate.
■ DIMENSIONS – 195 x 100 x 69 mm (7.6 x 3.9 x 2.7 in.)
(L x W x H).
■ WEIGHT – ~630 g depending on version and
options (22.2 oz).
■ CONNECTOR FOR PROBES – Waterproof Fisher socket.
(-4 °F to 122 °F), VLD: -10 °C to +40 °C (14 °F to 104 °F).
(-13 °F to 140 °F), VLD: -25 °C to +50 °C (-13 °F to 122 °F).
10% to 95% at +35 °C – IP67 (waterproof down to
1 meter (3.4 ft) during 30 min.).
Bluetooth Class 2.
ANSI – Compliant with ANSI 42.17A.
■ IEC – Compliant with IEC 60846:2009 and IEC 60325
with external contamination probes. Colibri-TTC is
approved to IEC 60846:2009 – Type approval
N° 0111-CS-A046-11.
■ CE – Meets CE requirements.
■ Radio/FCC – Conform.
Colibri TTC-Basic – EM96846.
(Does not include BT, Wi-Fi or GPS)
■ Colibri TTC-GPS – EM87771.
■ Colibri VLD-Basic – EM96146.
(Does not include BT, Wi-Fi or GPS)
■ Colibri VLD-GPS – EM86789.
■ Spare Colibri AC charger – EM87452.
■ Spare Colibri carrying case – EM89305.
■ Colibri Car DC charger – EM88805.
■ Barcode reader with charging cradle and key retractable
reel – EM89303.
■ RFID reader with charging cradle and key retractable
reel – EM89304.
■ Handle for Colibri and one CSP probe – EM87501.
■ Straight 1.5 meter cable for CSP – EM77336.
■ Straight 10 meter cable for CSP – EM99006.
■ Straight 20 meter cable for CSP – EM98830.
■ Coil cable 0.7-1.5 meter for CSP – EM77337.
■ CSP-COM Bluetooth – EM82481.
Colibri internal detector calibration cable – EM88940.
Colibri internal detector calibration English software
CSPS-E (SI units) – EM80643.
■ Colibri internal detector calibration English software
CSPS-R (US units) – EM80642.
■ Colibri internal detector calibration French software
CSPS-F (US units) – EM78468.
Colibri, CSP and CSPS are trademarks and /or registered trademarks of
Mirion Technologies, Inc. and /or its affiliates in the United States and /or
other countries.
All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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