Smiths Detection Explosives Identifier Shown Not to Ignite Dark Samples; Chemical Identifier Analyzes Samples in Less Than One Minute

Edgewood, Md. – Smiths Detection is a global leader in threat detection and screening technologies for emergency responders, the military, homeland security, customs, and other security applications. Smiths takes science from the laboratory and develops it into-field based solutions for security forces, emergency responders, and military personnel, based on its deep understanding of the challenges faced by different customers. They continue to develop a range of increasingly integrated products to create complete security solutions tailored to individual requirements. Many of Smiths’ technologies are ruggedized and capable of being used in extreme environments, which makes them a first choice for use in the field. ACE-ID and HazMatID Elite are two such products.

ACE-ID, Smiths’ newest product, is a non-contact explosives and precursorsentifier that uses an advanced optical platform that minimizes the risk of heating or possibly igniting dark samples during analysis.  ACE-ID’s Orbital Raster Scan (ORS) laser technology canentify solids and liquids directly through certain plastics and glass without making contact with the substance, yielding rapid results in seconds, while being safer for the operator to use when compared with other analytical methods in the field. This technology is lightweight and can be operated with just one hand. Additionally, remote operation, such as integration with a robot, is also supported by a software kit.

The HazMatID Elite chemicalentifier effectively analyzes andentifies unknown solids and liquids in one minute or less. HazMatID Elite has the widest thermal and solar operational range of any portable chemicalentifier. Its revolutionary optical engine also provides users with high-vibration immunity and resistance to mechanical disturbances seen in the field, especially during vehicle or human transport. Analysis is performed in a timely yet effective manner by placing a small amount of the unknown substance onto the diamond ATR sensor and using the integrated press to apply pressure to solid samples or by placing a single drop of a liquid into the integrated well.  An optional second touch-to-sample ATR sensor is available for rapid analysis of pooled liquids and surface films, and enables robotics applications.

The HazMatID Elite uses intuitive software and features a user interface that consists of a large display screen and keypad controls for effective operation in protective gear. PC-based command software provides advanced data handling capabilities which would be useful for personnel responding to a variety of calls.

Smiths Detection’s products are designed to fit specific customer needs and help them maximize value and use. Smiths works very closely with customers to understand their needs so they can engineer the right tools for the customer to do their job. Consistent with their philosophy to take advanced analytical equipment out of the lab and into the field, their small, fast, lightweight and accurate systems are also easy to operate in a range of field activities, especially disaster response, thanks to user-guided prompts and intuitive software interface guides. Their handheld detectors are easily updated to address evolving threats as well. In addition, Smiths Detection offers tailored hands-on training for customers of varying skill levels.

Smiths Detection continually works with its customers to deliver the latest upgrades and enhancements to meet current requirements and anticipate future threats.

About Smiths Detection Smiths Detection designs and makes advanced solutions to detect andentify threats including explosives, chemical agents, biohazards, nuclear, radiation, narcotics, weapons and contraband. A market leader worldwide in providing layered security technologies, Smiths Detection has major plants in three U.S. states. It partners federal and state government agencies and first responders to strengthen homeland security and safeguard the military. Major customers include the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It is part of Smiths Group, a global leader in the practical application of advanced technologies. Smiths Group employs around 23,000 people, including more than 9,000 in the U.S. where it operates around 100 sites in 40 states.

For more information, contact: Dana Knox-Gower Smiths Detection, Director of Communications and Marketing - Americas Phone: 203-207-9726 Email: dana.gower@smithsdetection.com

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