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Milestone fuels the coming business video revolution

Milestone Systems, the globally leading open platform company in networked video management software (VMS), has released XProtect Essential+ as a free entry product to the company’s portfolio.

“XProtect Essential+ is a game changer for our open platform community. Essential+ allows anyone to start right. Any user can now benefit from the power of add-on solutions from our partners,” says Bjørn Skou Eilertsen, Chief Technical Officer, Milestone Systems.

“Developers can use our rich programming environment now to create tomorrow’s add-on solutions to XProtect. They can install Essential+ and get our Software Development Kit for free. Add cameras and you are good to go. It’s that simple to start developing solutions for this rapidly growing business segment.”    

Developers benefit from true open platform
By including the Milestone open platform programming environment in the free Essential+, Milestone is handing over the keys to future innovation to developers. The software and SDK can be downloaded at no cost from the Milestone website. Documentation, eLearning courses and an online developer forum are just some of the resources to which open platform software developers gain free access.

XProtect VMS products are built on Microsoft and other industry standards, so any Microsoft-certified developer can start developing value-adding business video solutions right away.

Milestone also offers marketing support for developers, as solutions can be entered in the online Milestone Solution Finder that showcases the integrations to a global audience. The Milestone alliance partner team also offers certification of solutions with testing and documentation. 

Users gain from top-end features
Making XProtect Essential+ a free offering gives thousands of new users the chance to take advantage of Milestone’s award-winning software for use in businesses, organizations and at home. XProtect Essential+ is designed to provide a professional-grade security experience as a stand-alone video business solution. Users have access to their system from anywhere via three easy-to-use clients.

Highlights of the free XProtect Essential+ 2017 R2:

  • Supports up to 8 cameras from more than 6,000 supported devices. This enables the user to freely pick and mix the perfect camera models and brands for their needs.
     

  • All Milestone clients are supported with full functionality: XProtect Smart Client, XProtect Web Client and Milestone Mobile. 
     

  • The software supports hardware acceleration: processor-intensive video decoding can be offloaded to the graphics card. This can save up to 80% in processing power.
     

  • The full Milestone programming environment (MIP SDK and advanced rules engine) are supported. This includes metadata handling for advanced analytics. 
     

  • Upon installation, the users of the free XProtect Essential+ will gain access to the Milestone online support community dedicated to XProtect Essential+ at no cost.
     

XProtect Essential+ can easily be upgraded to XProtect Express+ or other advanced XProtect products if the need arises for extra functionality for interconnecting systems, encrypting video recordings or simply more advanced features.

XProtect 2017 R2 Essential+ is available for download now.

Watch the launch video here.

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Erlanger, KY (June 01, 2017) - Come and meet FFE's brand new Fireray beam detectors at this year's NFPA Conference and Expo in Boston (Booth 1335). The new range offers the full suite of beam detector types (Reflective, End-to-End and Exd) and is modular, providing tailored protection for the widest range of applications.

 

 

We can't give too much away for now – full details will be revealed at the launch, but here's an insight of what to expect:

  • Industry-leading alignment and commissioning time

  • No specialist tools or knowledge needed for installation

  • Minimized nuisance alarms with patented FFE technology

  • Can be installed in a wider range of applications than before

  • Low-level controller, reducing expense and risk

  • Installation in 25% less time

  • Interrogates and diagnoses events

  • Operates in dusty and wet environments

FFE has years of experience developing beam detectors and is the recognized world-leader in beam detector technology. The new Fireray range is the result of extensive research, customer consultation and site visits, all culminating in a beam detector that provides the best protection and ease of ownership for end-users.

In addition to the Fireray range, FFE will of course be showing its extensive range of fire safety technology, including Talentum flame detectors, which are ideal for harsh industrial environments such as recycling and oil and gas production.

Whatever your fire risk, FFE can help, so why not call past booth 1335 at the NFPA to find out more?

 

About Fee

FFE is a global design and manufacturing business, dedicated to supplying specialist detection products to the fire industry. Headquartered in the UK with offices in the USA, Dubai, India and China, the company's two leading brands are the Fireray optical beam smoke detector, with over half a million units installed worldwide, and the Talentum flame detector, one of the world's most respected flame detector brands. FFE also leads the global market in providing fire extinguishers for aviation use and produces a range of vibration switches for industrial applications. FFE is a Halma Company.

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Smiths Detection receives $45M order for CTX 9800 Explosives Detection Systems

Smiths Detection, formerly Morpho Detection – Safran, today announced the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has ordered 26 additional CTX 9800 DSi™ explosives detection systems (EDS), with an option to purchase twelve additional units, for a combined maximum value of over $45 million. 

The result of over 25 years of CTX innovation, Smiths Detection will deploy all 26 CTX 9800 units to screen checked baggage at airports throughout the U.S. Part of a five-year indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract announced in 2012, these units bring the total number of CTX EDS ordered by TSA to over 1,300 – including almost 200 CTX 9800.  

“Smiths Detection is honored to continue our decades-long collaboration with the TSA to help protect travelers and facilitate air travel throughout the U.S.,” said Sally Nordeen, Senior Director – Global EDS Sales, Smiths Detection. “As airports continue to invest in scalable detection technologies to meet growing passenger traffic and security challenges, the combination of the CTX platform and our expanded service capabilities will ensure that Smiths Detection remains the trusted partner of choice for the world’s airports.”

Smiths Detection’s CTX 9800 utilizes leading-edge computed tomography (CT) technology to deliver high-resolution 3D images in medium- and high-speed configurations. The unique Clarity data acquisition system (DAS), found in CTX 9800, enables it to screen checked baggage at higher speeds while delivering high-resolution, 3D images of each bag.

The CTX 9800 is certified by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration, Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) and approved by the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) as meeting European Union Standard 3 requirements.

Smiths Detection’s CTX family of EDS is the most widely used in the world, with over 2,000 units deployed worldwide.

For more information on Smiths Detection’s products and services, visit http://www.morphodetection.com.         

About Smiths Detection

Smiths Detection, part of Smiths Group, is a global leader in threat detection and screening technologies for military, air transportation, homeland security and emergency response markets. Our experience and history across more than 40 years at the frontline, enables us to provide unrivalled levels of expertise to detect and identify constantly changing chemical, radiological, nuclear and explosive threats, as well as weapons, dangerous goods, contraband and narcotics. Our goal is simple – to provide security, peace of mind and freedom of movement upon which the world depends. For more information visit www.smithsdetection.com 

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EMS “DELTEC” automates SMD component counting with X-ray system from VisiConsult

The XRHCount delivers exact results within a cycle time of less than 10 seconds.

VisiConsult is known for its innovative X-ray systems for non-destructive testing. For the electrical manufacturing industry VisiConsult has developed the XRHCount. The component counting system for SMD reels delivers exact results within a cycle time of less than 10 seconds. This leads to massive savings in the field of material management. The X-ray system convinces its operators, like the electronic manufacturing service provider DELTEC, because of its efficient functioning. The EMS premium supplier is located in Bavaria, Germany, and produces customized electronical components for the automotive, industrial and medical technic, as well as for renewable energies. Reliability, quality, a good price-performance ratio and the latest technology are the strengths of DELTEC. After a comprehensive side by side comparison of different systems, DELTEC has finally made the decision to use the XRHCount system from VisiConsult.

In comparison to the competition the XRHCount has convinced with highest accuracy of the counting results, a shorter throughput time and its high-quality X-ray software. Additionally, the system comes with free updates, including completely new features, for the whole system lifetime. VisiConsult also reacts fast in terms of special requests, like MES integration, and realizes them. DELTEC’s final decision to take the XRHCount was made because of the “Counting Cloud”. “The data base of the XRHCount covers nearly every component type. Missing component types will be post-trained by VisiConsult”, says Thomas Seidl, purchasing manager of DELTEC. “This function was of high importance for us and could only be ensured by the counting system from VisiConsult. Because of its good usability and reliability, we decided after a short test period to integrate the system into our operating procedures.”

The product portfolio of VisiConsult consists beside the XRHCount of many further X-ray systems for the industry, like systems for the inspection of automotive, aerospace and other components. Furthermore, VisiConsult offers mobile systems for the security sector and retrofitting of old or defect X-ray systems.

The specialist for customized X-ray inspection solutions and automation

VisiConsult is a family owned company located in Northern Germany and the leading specialist for customized X-ray inspection systems. To ensure the renown premium quality all products are developed and produced locally in Germany as turnkey solutions. This leads to cutting edge technology and a high flexibility. Being active in several fields like Non Destructive Testing (NDT), public Security and the electronics manufacturing industries VisiConsult offers a sophisticated product portfolio.

The company philosophy is to solve the customer’s inspection problems with tailored solutions combined with a premium post-installation service and support. More than 25 years of expertise in Automatic Defect Recognition (ADR) and image enhancement for a broad variety of industries combined with experienced engineers result in solutions that set new industry standards. VisiConsult is always looking forward to new challenges and is proud to be known as a reliable partner with sustainable products. Through an international network of trained representatives all around the world a reliable first-line sales and service network is spanning the globe.

3M Releases 2017 Sustainability Report

ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In its continuing mission to improve every life, 3M announced today the publication of its 2017 Sustainability Report.

The 2017 Sustainability Report covers what the company accomplished throughout 2016 in addressing significant global challenges involving raw materials, water, energy and climate, health and safety, as well as education and development.

The report features stories of 3M products and people that combine innovation with purpose, and covers a wide range of sustainability-related topics, from corporate governance to human rights, employee programs, health and safety efforts and supplier responsibilities. The 2016 edition of the report is also the first to show the progress the company is making on its 2025 sustainability goals, established in 2015.

“3M is continually striving to fulfill our every life ambition. The creation of a new CSR organization, and the launch of this year’s Sustainability Report show our continued commitment to driving both business growth and societal impact,” said Jean Bennington Sweeney, 3M chief sustainability officer. “The stories featured in our report show that a sense of purpose is at the heart of everything we do, from products to policies to partnerships.”

Highlights:

  • 3M created a new Corporate Social Responsibility group, uniting 3M Sustainability and 3Mgives, bringing together an increasingly holistic approach to driving business value and community impact.

  • 3M donated more than $67 million in cash and in-kind donations to support education, community and environmental programs throughout the world.

  • 3M employees contributed 348,000 volunteer hours to life-improving causes throughout the year.

  • 3M was voted as the most preferred potential workplace for millennials, in a survey of students and young professionals in the U.S.

  • For the fourth consecutive year, Ethisphere Institute named 3M as a “World’s Most Ethical Company.”

  • For the 17th consecutive year, 3M was selected as a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

  • Since 2012, the total number of females in management positions at the company has increased 13 percent, reaching 27.8 percent in 2016.

  • Global renewable energy use increased to 11 percent in 2016.

  • Global manufacturing waste, indexed to net sales, has decreased nearly 22 percent since 2005.

  • Total water consumption has decreased 34.2 percent between 2005 and 2016, indexed to corporate-wide net sales.

  • Global emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) decreased again last year, to 0.154 metric tons per million dollars in USD net sales.

  • Greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced 67 percent since 2002.

3M has published a sustainability report in alignment with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework since 2002. To learn more, and to access the 2017 report, visit www.3m.com/sustainabilityreport

About 3M 
At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $30 billion in sales, our 90,000 employees connect with customers all around the world. Learn more about 3M’s creative solutions to the world’s problems at www.3M.com or on Twitter at @3M or @3MNewsroom.

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Netwrix Auditor saves Danish local authority up to 40 hours per month on Compliance Monitoring

Netwrix Corporation, provider of a visibility platform for data security and risk mitigation, announced today that the Municipality of Roskilde in Denmark leverages the visibility provided by Netwrix Auditor to manage security risks and assure continuous compliance.

The Municipality of Roskilde is located in East Denmark and has a total population of 87,000 people. Its IT department is tasked with storing a range of sensitive data, including citizens’ personal identification numbers relating to the national Civil Registration System, which it must safeguard across a complex IT infrastructure that includes 270 servers and 640 applications. Further challenges are the need to prove compliance with Danish state regulations while spending less time on annual audits so that the IT department can focus more on their core responsibilities. Failure to ensure the safety of data and continuous compliance could expose the municipality to large penalties.

Roskilde’s IT department deployed Netwrix Auditor because it significantly simplifies tracking of user activity across all critical systems. With the help of the software, the municipality achieved the following results:

  • Visibility into critical actions. Netwrix Auditor delivers concise and actionable information about user activity across Active DirectoryExchange and Windows Servers, and also alerts the IT team about actions that could turn into a security breach.

  • Streamlined compliance. With the deep insight into user activity, the IT department can now validate its security controls, as required by the standards. Moreover, Netwrix Auditor keeps the entire audit trail in a long-term archive, so it can be easily retrieved during compliance checks to show auditors what happened in the past.

  • Time savings and easier troubleshooting. Netwrix Auditor saves the IT department at least 2 hours a day on manual monitoring of user activity across Roskilde’s complex IT infrastructure. On top of that, the actionable intelligence helps the team investigate and resolve user issues faster than before.

"Prior to deploying Netwrix Auditor, we had to manually monitor user activity in our environment. You could be looking at 5–6 domain controllers without even knowing what you are searching for. Netwrix Auditor consolidates everything, so it is very easy to understand what is going on in the infrastructure. We receive a report, skim it through very fast and get the answer. Sometimes things are nice to have and sometimes they are a necessity. Netwrix Auditor is a necessity, like a Swiss Army knife of monitoring solutions that is able to do so many things," said Finn Horn, IT specialist at the Municipality of Roskilde.

"Government institutions need to be able to react immediately to any modifications in the IT infrastructure in order to maintain data security and carry out their fundamental duty — safeguarding the interests of citizens. Uncontrolled processes in the infrastructure are inadmissible. Complete visibility into the IT environment is essential to efficient and convenient monitoring and ongoing review of user activities. This ensures the security of the large amounts of sensitive information and facilitates compliance with federal regulations," said Michael Fimin, CEO and co-founder of Netwrix.

Netwrix Auditor is a visibility platform for data security and risk mitigation that enables state and local government agencies to detect security threats, efficiently resolve user issues and streamline compliance processes.

To read the complete case study, please visit: www.netwrix.com/go/roskilde

About Netwrix Corporation

Netwrix Corporation was the first vendor to introduce a visibility and governance platform for hybrid cloud security. More than 160,000 IT departments worldwide rely on Netwrix to detect insider threats on premises and in the cloud, pass compliance audits with less effort and expense, and increase productivity of IT security and operations teams. Founded in 2006, Netwrix has earned more than 100 industry awards and been named to both the Inc. 5000 and Deloitte Technology Fast 500 lists of the fastest growing companies in the U.S. For more information, visit www.netwrix.com

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Cochin International Airport selects Smiths Detection’s CTX 9800 for Next-Generation hold baggage screening

BENGALURU, India – May 23, 2017 – Smiths Detection, formerly Morpho Detection – Safran, today announced that India’s Cochin International Airport has deployed four high-speed CTX 9800 DSi™ hold baggage explosives detection systems (EDS) to screen all passenger checked baggage.
With the inauguration of its international Terminal 3, Cochin is the first airport in India to screen all checked baggage, referred to as Level 1 screening, with computed tomography (CT)-based EDS. Commonly referred to as European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) Standard 3 capabilities, CT EDS produce high-resolution, 3-D images that facilitate more accurate detection, lower false alarm rates, and reduce the need for manual inspections. In addition to CTX 9800 EDS, Smiths Detection has supplied 13 HRX™ dual view X-ray systems to screen arriving baggage at customs checkpoints.
To ensure maximum uptime and performance, Smiths Detection’s onsite network of expert engineers and technicians will provide preventative and rapid-response services for a minimum of ten years.
Commenting on the new terminal and growth, Mr. A.C.K. Nair, Airport Director at Cochin International said: “Cochin’s goal is to offer our passengers and airlines a world-class airport experience. Working with Smiths Detection to automate and enhance hold baggage screening capabilities is an important part of our infrastructure plan to meet the demands of anticipated domestic and long-haul growth over the next 20 years.”
“Congratulations to Cochin International Airport on the inauguration of Terminal 3 and being the first airport in India to screen all checked baggage with leading-edge CT technology,” said Pravin Surana, Director, Smiths Detection India. “As airports in India and throughout the region continue to upgrade explosives detection capabilities, Smiths Detection’s customized EDS solutions and services are ready to meet the unique challenges and growth plan of any airport.”
Globally, Smiths Detection’s service teams include hundreds of field service engineers and field service technicians located at more than 500 airports around the world – performing over 90,000 maintenance services per year. Smiths Detection’s CTX family of EDS are the most widely used in the world, with more than 2,000 units deployed worldwide. 
For more information on Smiths Detection’s products and services, visit www.morphodetection.com. 

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About Smiths Detection
Smiths Detection, part of Smiths Group, is a global leader in threat detection and screening technologies for military, air transportation, homeland security and emergency response markets. Our experience and history across more than 40 years at the frontline, enables us to provide unrivalled levels of expertise to detect and identify constantly changing chemical, radiological, nuclear and explosive threats, as well as weapons, dangerous goods, contraband and narcotics. Our goal is simple – to provide security, peace of mind and freedom of movement upon which the world depends. For more information visit www.smithsdetection.com
Follow Smiths Detection on LinkedIn and on Twitter @SmithsDetection
Smiths Detection is part of Smiths Group plc (LON:SMIN)
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Smiths Detection to provide nine high-speed scanners to London Gatwick Airport

CAMBRIDGE, UNITED KINGDOM May 16, 2017 Smiths Detection, formerly Morpho Detection – Safran, today announced a contract with London Gatwick Airport Limited to supply and service nine high-speed CTX 9800 DSi™ explosives detection systems (EDS).

Following a successful trial in early 2016, Gatwick joins a growing number of UK airports leveraging Smiths Detection’s extensive expertise to expand and automate hold baggage explosives screening capabilities. When fully operational, the UK’s second busiest airport will utilize CTX 9800 to screen all In-gauge baggage in the South Terminal and ensure compliance with UK Department for Transport mandates requiring the use of Standard 3-approved EDS by September 2018. To achieve maximum system uptime and operational capabilities, Smiths Detection’s on-site network of highly-trained engineers and technicians will ensure that all CTX 9800 are maintained, serviced and optimized to operate in peak condition for a minimum of ten years.

Commenting on the deployment and growth Alasdair Scobie, Head of Commercial Operations at London Gatwick Airport said: “Smiths Detection has proven to be a strategic partner in upgrading our EDS technology and infrastructure to improve security and the customer experience. We look forward to our CTX 9800 fleet becoming fully operational and working with Smiths Detection to realise maximum long-term value for our airlines and passengers.”

“Smiths Detection is excited to partner with Gatwick Airport to deploy advanced explosives detection capabilities that help meet the demands of record long-haul traffic and passenger growth,” said Martin Parker, UK EDS Sales Leader, Smiths Detection. “By taking a consultative approach and working in partnership with our customers throughout the life of their investment, Smiths Detection helps keep airports of all sizes moving, delivering unmatched, comprehensive solutions to meet the Standard 3 mandate and upgrade hold baggage screening infrastructure.”

Capable of screening 1,800 bags per hour (BPH), CTX 9800 enhances operational efficiencies by combining high-resolution 3D visuals with intuitive navigational tools – allowing the operator to ‘travel’ through the bag and manipulate images. Approved by the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) as meeting Standard 3 requirements and certified by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), over 500 CTX 9800 have been deployed worldwide. Smiths Detection’s CTX family of EDS are the most widely used in the world, with more than 2,000 units shipped worldwide.

For more information on successfully navigating the transition to Standard 3 and Smiths Detection’s solutions, visit www.morphodetection.com.

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About Smiths Detection

Smiths Detection, part of Smiths Group, is a global leader in threat detection and screening technologies for military, air transportation, homeland security and emergency response markets. Our experience and history across more than 40 years at the frontline, enables us to provide unrivalled levels of expertise to detect and identify constantly changing chemical, radiological, nuclear and explosive threats, as well as weapons, dangerous goods, contraband and narcotics. Our goal is simple – to provide security, peace of mind and freedom of movement upon which the world depends. For more information visit www.smithsdetection.com

Follow Smiths Detection on LinkedIn and on Twitter @SmithsDetection.

Morphix Technologies to showcase detection solutions at upcoming special operations expo

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VIRGINIA BEACH, VA Morphix Technologies®, an innovator in the science of detection devices for dangerous chemicals, will be exhibiting its TraceX® Explosives Detection Kit and its Chameleon® Chemical Detection Armband in Booth #1912 at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC), to be held May 15-18, 2017 at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida.

SOFIC is the premier venue for the special forces community to interact with industry and to collaborate on the challenges, initiatives and way-ahead in delivering the most cutting-edge capabilities into the hands of Special Operations Forces (SOF) operators.

“We are so humbled to serve the SOF community and all of our military and first responders. We look forward to participating at SOFIC to learn more about their chemical and explosive detection needs and how our TraceX Explosives Detection Kit and Chameleon Chemical Detection Armband is helping to solve those needs, can keep them safe and allow them to better perform their duties,” said Kimberly Pricenski, vice president of sales and marketing for Morphix Technologies.

The TraceX Explosives Detection Kit is designed to help identify bombers, bomb-makers and their bomb-making facilities. This inexpensive kit can fit into a pocket and once deployed can detect most common explosive materials and their precursors at trace levels in a single test.

The Chameleon Chemical Detection Armband is an easy-to-use, inexpensive, wearable, reusable armband that can hold up to 10 cassettes, each of which detects a particular toxic chemical and changes color upon detection. It has been approved by the U.S. SAFETY Act of the Department of Homeland Security as an anti-terrorist technology.

If you’d like to receive more information on the Chameleon or TraceX, please contact Morphix Technologies toll-free at 800-808-2234 or locally at 757-431-2260. You can also email [email protected]

Visit the website at www.morphtec.com to learn more or join the ongoing conversation on Facebook.

About Morphix Technologies®:

Morphix Technologies®, located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company creating and manufacturing products that detect invisible dangers in order to save lives. Morphix Technologies® has taken innovation to the next level with high-quality, easy-to-use, cost effective and simple colorimetric sensor technology for military, law enforcement, first responders, emergency, homeland security and industrial personnel. http://www.morphtec.com/

Miami Dade Fire Rescue test Radiation Shield hazmat suit in recent joint exercise

MIAMI May 4, 2017 U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers, National Guard, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department (“MDFRD”), several local law enforcement agencies and PortMiami authorities partnered together to train for something each hope to never put into action.

"I couldn't think of a better training environment than one of the busiest ports," said Lt. Alvaro Tonanez, the HAZMAT lead trainer for one of the largest fire departments in America, with more than 3,000 personnel assigned to MDFRD. "To put our firefighters and the Army Reserve unit into a realistic scenario where we could use the assistance in a real-world situation is a win-win for both sides."

Sponsored by Department of Defense's U.S. Northern Command and hosted by the MDFRD, the hazardous material exercise was the second joint-training event between a large municipality and the Defense CBRN Force, according to Thomas Frankhouser, a senior survey analyst with U.S. Army North, based at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

Frankhouser said, when needed, the 329th CBRN Company can assist civilian responders at a scene and provide capabilities that may not be available for the civilian incident commander. Like local fire departments and HAZMAT teams, the 329th CBRN Company has the capability to identify and analyze certain toxic chemicals and materials with advanced equipment and can provide that critical support to an incident commander.

Col. Mike Vail, Chief, Homeland Operations Division for the Army Reserve, said the 329th CBRN Company is currently one of two Army Reserve units supporting the Defense CBRN Response Force (“DCRF”) for the CBRN Response Enterprise.

The DCRF mission is to save lives, mitigate human suffering and facilitate recovery operations in a CBRN environment. More than 5,200 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and civilians from active-duty and reserve component units make up the scalable force which can respond to local, state, tribal or federal agencies to support efforts in the event of a CBRN incident.

Miami Dade Fire Rescue Department, MDFRD, Hazardous Materials Bureau recently conducted field testing of the Demron Ice suit as a potential Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) garment for certain mission specific tasks.

Miami Dade Fire Rescue Department’s Hazardous Materials Bureau at the time had just finished developing an EBOLA response plan in which several chemical protective garments were tested for that threat. One of the garments tested at the time showed to be promising for both Biological and Chemical agents since it provided the same capabilities of a Level A suit.

The final challenge which proved to be the hardest, according to Captain Tony Trim, Hazardous Materials Bureau of MDFRD “was to find an appropriate garment that would be able to handle the abuse of working in a not so friendly environment such as that found in the ship cargo holds, cargo containers, and engine rooms, and still provide the user with the best chemical protection.” Working together with the suit manufacturer, Radiation Shield Technologies, the garment was upgraded to meet the demands for abrasion protection and heat diffusion. “The Demron ICE CBRN suit is a game changer. The Demron ICE PPE is the only self-cooling suit that can be used in prolonged tactical operations, while providing uncompromised protection against Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Protection,” says Ronald DeMeo, MD MBA, the CEO of Radiation Shield Technologies.

Once the suit was developed it was put through rigorous testing during the joint exercise at PortMiami to ensure it would hold up to the demands of a Maritime Response. Both exercises were designed to test the capabilities of MDFRD’s potential response to the release of a Hazardous Material release onboard a vessel. During each exercise the Demron ICE suit was worn by six members of the HazMat team for a period of approximately 105 minutes without any interruptions or without any need to break the seal. Average temperatures during both events was approximately 82°+Fahrenheit. Where other PPE suits would not have been suitable or as effective as the ICE suit for these missions, the ICE suit performed well and showed its adaptability and durability as a rugged, yet flexible protective garment.

The suit has now been incorporated into the response plan of MDFRD as the preferred level of protective garment for Maritime Response.

ABOUT RADIATION SHIELD TECHNOLOGIES (RST)

With its headquarters and manufacturing facilities in Miami, Florida, RST is the global leader in the research, development, manufacturing and distribution of high energy anti-chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and thermally protective garments. RST is the developer and sole producer of Demron®, a revolutionary lightweight, non-toxic and lead-free radiation protective fabric for individuals. Taking years to develop, Demron® has been scientifically proven to shield the human body against nuclear, biological, chemical and infrared radiation, and reduces heat stress, while leaving its wearer unencumbered and fully mobile. Demron ICE is lighter in weight and used for low to moderate radiation while providing unsurpassed chemical, biological, as well as blood and viral protection (Certified to ASTM F1670 and ASTM F1671 standards). Demron®’s product line currently includes full body suits, blankets, tents, and other products, and is used worldwide by NATO, NASA, every branch of the U.S. military, U.S. CST teams, the FDNY, IAEC, DSTA, Pentagon Force Protection Agency and many international first responders and military teams in Japan, China, Iraq, Kuwait, South Korea, Pakistan, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, and Singapore. For more information please visit http://www.radshield.com, or contact us via email [email protected] or via phone (866) 7DEMRON.

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