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Bertin Technologies to provide gas-detection cameras for Australian Army

PARIS April 27, 2017 Bertin Technologies, a subsidiary of CNIM, has announced that its Second Sight® MS standoff detector of chemical threats has just been chosen by the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to equip its troops.

“The Second Sight® is composed of different modules, providing it with unrivalled flexibility of use and versatility as well as compactness, deployability and operability,” comments Romain Verollet, Manager in charge of the Defence & Security product range. “Another key advantage of our equipment is its ability to detect unexpected chemical threats in an asymmetric warfare scenario, no matter which is the type of gas used or the location of its dispersal,” he adds.

The Second Sight® MS is a remote gas-detection system employing an infrared sensor in real-time and designed to detect threats such as chemical warfare agents or toxic industrial gases. Second Sight® MS permits the stand-off detection, identification and full visualization in real time of a gas cloud at ranges up to 5 km. The equipment has been certified by third party agencies as conforming to the requisite standards for military use in terms of its capacity to detect chemical warfare agents, water-and dust-proofing (IP standard), electromagnetic compliance (CEM) and resistance to vibration and shock (Mil-Std 810). Hence it is possible to gain the advantage of early warning of a chemical threat and to gather all the data needed to manage the attack: type of gas, location of source, extent and spread of contamination.

BERTIN TECHNOLOGIES, subsidiary of CNIM, relies on its long history of innovative engineering to develop, produce and market innovative systems and equipment worldwide. With close to €96M in turnover and 700 partners in 2016, of which 2/3rd are engineers and high-level managers, the group works in four major fields: Systems and Instrumentation, Consulting and Engineering including a substantial part devoted to risk management and ergonomics, Information Technology and Pharmaceuticals and Biotechs.

Bertin Technologies’ leading instrumentation activity is represented by BERTIN INSTRUMENTS dedicated to measurement and sampling for:

  • Lab Equipment: sample preparation, air sampler, cell imaging.
  • Nuclear Instrumentation: radon monitoring, environmental radiation monitoring systems, radiation portal monitors, health physics.
  • Defence, Security and Safety: gas detection, optronics.

 

 

PathSensors to demonstrate Bioflash mail screening solution at postal expo

BALTIMORE April 26, 2017 Baltimore bio tech firm, PathSensors, Inc., announced today it will be demonstrating its new Bioflash MailGuardtm mail security screening solution at the National Postal Forum 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland, May 21st through May 24th. The Bioflash MailGuard system provides a fast, highly accurate, easy to use and low cost threat detection solution for government and commercial mail room operations that need to screen mail and packages for potential threats such as anthrax. The system is now in use at major commercial mail room screening facilities.

“Government agencies, document management companies, outsourced mail room screening operators and commercial mail room managers need a turn key bio threat detection solution that has no false alarms; is fast to detect threats and is able to handle high volumes of mail and packages; is easy to use, and, above all, has a much lower cost of ownership than alternative approaches,” commented Ted Olsen, CEO, PathSensors, Inc. “The Bioflash MailGuard meets these requirements and the results – as demonstrated by a successful field launch earlier this year with a major commercial mail room operation – show that the Bioflash MailGuard is a true breakthrough technology. We are excited to be able to demonstrate the MailGuard with our partner, DualDraw, at the National Postal Forum.”

The BioFlashTM MailGuard System consists of an integrated biological testing unit, down flow booth, mail jogger, and compact medical refrigerator and requires standard 110v power to operate. The biological testing unit has the ability to connect to the Internet via an optional tethered laptop computer, which permits remote system diagnostics and secondary testing confirmation as needed. It can detect over 25 biological threats in concentrations as low as 100 CFU in less than five minutes. The Bioflash MailGuard uses PathSensor’s CANARY technology, which is currently deployed by Defense and Homeland Security customers, and which can be Integrated with x-ray, chemical and other threat detection technologies. PathSensors will be exhibiting at Booth # 1024, at the National Postal Forum (http://www.npf.org) in Baltimore, May 21st to May 24th.

About PathSensors, Inc.

PathSensors is a leading biotechnology solutions and environmental testing company. PathSensors provides high speed, highly sensitive pathogen and threat detection solutions for the defense, homeland security, public health, medical countermeasures, mail room screening, first responder, food processing and agricultural sectors. PathSensors’ innovative BioFlash and Zephyr detection systems use CANARY® technology licensed from the MIT-Lincoln Laboratory and are deployed by government and commercial agencies due to their speed, accuracy and ease-of-use. For more information, visit http://www.pathsensors.com.

FLIR launches online series to train first responders on HAZMAT incidents

April 10, 2017 Today FLIR announced the launch of its new educational resource, FLIR PRIMED – Prepare, Recognize, Input, Monitor, Experience, Decision – a free, online tool that provides First Responders with best practices for HAZMAT accidents and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and/or Explosives (CBRNE) attacks.

Throughout FLIR PRIMED’s video series, Grant Coffey, retired Portland Fire & Rescue Hazmat Team Coordinator and CBRNE expert for nearly 40 years, delivers industry insights and real-life experiences designed to keep responders prepared, by staying current with the industry standards and best practices. In addition, each episode will conclude with a free field checklist, or downloadable guide, to increase subject knowledge for a safer and more successful response.

The first three episodes of FLIR PRIMED, along with free downloadable checklist and guidebooks, are available NOW at www.flir.com/PRIMED

• Episode 1: PRIMED – A tool you can use right now to stay prepared

o Grant introduces you to PRIMED – a tool responders can use right now to stay prepared.

• Episode 2: STOP – What are the cues and clues

o When responding to a scene, STOP! Grant discusses the cues and clues responders should pay attention to.

• Episode 3: RAD – Turn it on and put it on

o Radiation is not well understood. Grant covers the important safety basics responders need to know.

The next seven episodes of FLIR PRIMED will air between April 24 – June 26 on the FLIR PRIMED page and an additional 20 videos will be release into the second half of 2017, featuring guest appearances by other industry leaders.

Questions or topics viewers would like to see featured on FLIR PRIMED can be submitted to [email protected]

Safran's Morpho tabbed to provide explosives detection systems for three UK airports

CAMBRIDGE, United Knigdom March 15, 2017 Safran Identity & Security, through its subsidiary Morpho Detection, today announced a framework agreement with U.K. Airport Operator Manchester Airports Group (MAG) to supply and service its CTX™ explosives detection systems (EDS) at three airports – Manchester, East Midlands and Bournemouth.

Following comprehensive testing, MAG will utilize high-speed CTX 9800 DSi and compact CTX 5800 EDS machines to screen all passenger checked baggage and ensure compliance with U.K. Department for Transport mandates regulating the use of Standard 3-approved EDS by September 2018. To achieve maximum system uptime and performance, Morpho Detection’s onsite network of expert engineers and technicians will facilitate rapid-response and preventative maintenance services for a minimum of 10 years.

“Morpho Detection is excited to expand our work with Manchester Airports Group through the deployment and servicing of advanced hold baggage EDS that meet the demands of new regulatory mandates and growing passenger traffic,” said Martin Parker, UK EDS Sales Leader, Morpho Detection. “Morpho Detection has 25 years of experience developing, installing and servicing detection solutions in airports of all sizes throughout the U.K., Europe and around the world.”

Morpho Detection and MAG have worked together to integrate advanced detection solutions for more than 20 years. Manchester Airport was one of the first global airports to utilize CT technology for hold baggage screening when in 1995, they purchased 10 CTX 5500 systems. Today, 22 years later, all of these systems are still operational as a result of a proactive service program and software enhancements made possible by the scalability of the CTX platform. This most recent Framework Agreement demonstrates Morpho Detection’s product and service quality and ensures that Manchester Airport will become the longest user of CTX systems in the world.

Designed to allow small and mid-sized airports manage evolving threats and future expansion, CTX 5800 combines industry-leading imaging and data collection in a smaller and lighter solution. The CTX 9800, capable of screening up to 1,800 bags per hour (BPH), enhances operational efficiencies by screening checked baggage faster while reducing false alarms. Both CTX 5800 and CTX 9800 are 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).

For more information on Morpho Detection’s products and services, visit www.morphodetection.com.

SureScan explosive detection system passes ECAC standard testing

BINGHAMTON, NY March 7, 2017 SureScan Corporation announced the x1000 Explosive Detection System has passed the new ECAC 3.1 tests for speeds up to 1,800 bags/hour (.5 m/s conveyor speed).

(Please refer to https://www.ecac-ceac.org/documents/10189/62763/ECAC-CEP-EDS-Web-Update-23-February-2017.pdf/14e93ae5-a553-4f37-963a-f2997b5e880d.)

“SureScan’s new ECAC 3.1 standard is evidence of the x1000’s advanced capabilities as SureScan is the first system to pass this newest higher level standard.,” said SureScan President John Percival. "The newly awarded ECAC 3.1 is on the path to a single machine that passes both TSA and ECAC testing at multiple speeds with the ability to switch algorithms on a bag by bag basis. This alleviates the problem that airports need to divert bags to different machines depending on their destination; creating extra value and minimizing infrastructure complexity."

The SureScan x1000 next-generation CT EDS features:

  • Multi-Energy Photon Counting - Individual photon counting into multiple energy bins for evolving threats and standards
  • Flexible Throughput - Large rectangular tunnel throughout
  • Intelligent Platform - With more precise measurements and multiple energies, it provides the data for algorithm development in the future
  • Static Gantry- Higher reliability, no moving parts, self calibration
  • Lower Lifecycle Cost of Ownership - Less power, less repair and maintenance

To learn more visit www.surescaneds.com

About SureScan™ Corporation

SureScan Corporation is an emerging leader in explosives detection servicing the U.S. and international markets with corporate offices in Binghamton, NY. SureScan is dedicated to developing and manufacturing solutions to enhance national and international security by combining advanced technology with world-class production and value engineering expertise.

Focusing on the needs of stakeholders in the homeland security marketplace, SureScan strives to provide effective and economical solutions, knowing critical security issues must be addressed without dismissing financial realities. This pragmatic approach results in solutions that are efficient, cost-effective and meet rigorous detection and quality standards.

DoD expert to speak about chemical, biological threats at upcoming summit

LONDON March 13, 2017 Dr Allison Hinds, part of the chemical/biological warfare in public heath and infectious disease division for the Department of Defense, will be joining pharmaceutical R&D professionals at the CRISPR Summit this May. Her role within the department is to provide technical advice and strategic operational recommendations pertaining to chemical and biological threats.

Dr Hinds will be discussing the ethical challenges and threats of gene editing technologies like the CRISPR/Cas 9 system. She will be sharing her expertise on what happens when gene editing tools become misused and what can happen when technologies are used for purposes that move away from research applications.

The CRISPR Summit is the most advanced in its coverage of the challenges surrounding the CRISPR/Cas9 system, giving attendees clarity as to how to improve their research and hear about how leaders of the pharma, biotech and academic industry have looked to address the key issues and fully unlock the potential

Joining Dr Hinds to address CRISPR's application challenges will be an expert panel of speakers including:

  • Catherine Coombes, Senior Patent Attorney, HGF Limited
  • Danilo Maddalo, Lab Head ONC Pharmacology, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research
  • Ian Rosewell, Group Lead, The Francis Crick Institute
  • Jenna Bradley, Senior Research Scientist in Cellular Reagents and Assay Development in Discovery Sciences, AstraZeneca
  • Caroline Hill, Group Leader, The Francis Crick Institute
  • Javier Terriente, CSO, ZeClinics
  • Ping Zhang, Postdoctoral Scientist, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, University of Oxford
  • Natalia Moncaut, Transgenic Production Facility Manager, Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute

The CRISPR Summit will be taking place in London on 17 - 18 May. Find the full programme and registrations details on http://www.crisprsummit.iqpc.co.uk, phone +44 (0)207 036 1300 or email [email protected]

Cardiff airport picks Morpho Detection solution to check baggage for explosives

CAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom March 1, 2017 Safran Identity & Security, through its subsidiary Morpho Detection UK Ltd, today announced it has won a competitive tender from the largest airport in Wales, Cardiff Airport, to supply and service CTX 9800 DSi™ hold baggage explosives detection systems (EDS).

To help meet UK Department for Transport regulations mandating Standard 3-approved hold baggage screening capabilities effective September 1, 2018, two high-speed CTX 9800 will screen all In-gauge baggage at Cardiff Airport. Ensuring peak performance and maximum uptime, Morpho Detection’s network of reliable engineers and technicians will facilitate preventative maintenance and rapid-response capabilities for a minimum of ten years. Cardiff Airport will also utilize MUX™ multiplexing software to enable central station and networking capabilities.

Commenting on the airport’s transition to Standard 3 hold baggage screening capabilities, Ceri Mashlan, General Manager of Airport Operations at Cardiff Airport said: “With over 50 direct routes and more than 900 connecting destinations worldwide, our passengers and airline partners depend on Cardiff to deliver a world-class airport experience that keeps passengers and planes moving on time. Working with Morpho Detection to realize the full benefits of Standard 3 hold baggage screening is an important part of our plan to attract additional service and grow.”

Powered by leading-edge Computed Tomography (CT) technology, Morpho Detection’s CTX EDS generate unparalleled image quality that results in lower false alarm rates (FAR) and more accurate threat identification.

“Morpho Detection commends Cardiff for joining a growing number of airports in the UK and throughout Europe who are jumpstarting the Standard 3 transition process by selecting the CTX platform,” said Martin Parker, UK EDS Sales Leader, Morpho Detection. “The scalability and expandable detection library of CTX EDS, combined with an unmatched, local service footprint, helps airports maximize return on investment (ROI) on hold baggage screening infrastructure.”

Both CTX 5800 and CTX 9800 are 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). With more than 2,000 units deployed worldwide, Morpho Detection’s CTX family of EDS are the most trusted in the world.

For more information on Morpho Detection’s products, visit www.morphodetection.com.

About Morpho Detection

In an increasingly dangerous world, there's no time for downtime. For the past 25 years, authorities across the world have trusted Morpho Detection’s deep expertise to design and implement leading-edge detection solutions. Recognized for delivering unparalleled service quality, our global network of expert engineers and technicians provide comprehensive support for every phase of your investment. We're committed to delivering the most effective detection technology, helping security specialists concentrate on what matters most: protecting the public. Discover more about our range of solutions by visiting morphodetection.com.

Optim videoscope selected by UAE Coast Guard for contraband detection

STURBRIDGE, MA, March 6, 2017 Optim LLC, a premier manufacturer of flexible videoscopes for contraband detection, proudly displayed their FreedomView Videoscope to key military personnel at the recent IDEX Conference in Abu Dhabi, UAE.  Emirates Advanced Research & Technology Holding LLC ("EARTH") generously welcomed Optim's President, Paul Joyce, to showcase the FreedomView Videoscope in EARTH's booth.

EARTH and Optim were awarded a contract during the IDEX Conference to supply the FreedomView contraband detection videoscope to CICPA (Critical Infrastructure and Coastal Protection Authority), the wing of the UAE military which includes the UAE Coast Guard.

"Optim has a long history supplying FreedomView products to US Customs and Border Patrol in support of their efforts to secure the US borders. We look forward to starting a similar long term relationship supporting CICPA's mission to secure UAE coastlines and infrastructure," stated Paul Joyce, CEO of Optim LLC.

Optim's FreedomView Videoscope is certified by UL for use in hazardous environments.  This rigorous certification along with the videoscope's unique one-handed design makes the FreedomView ideal for military and security professionals to safely perform visual inspections of vehicles, vessels, containers and other areas where contraband may be hidden.  

About Optim

Optim LLC develops, manufactures and supports state-of-the-art endoscopy products and accessories that help medical professionals, law enforcement officers and industrial users work more effectively and efficiently. Our breakthrough, flexible fiberscopes with integrated LED lighting enable customers to bring precision optical capabilities wherever they are needed.

Maine correctional facility installs body scanner from Smiths Detection

MADISON, ME Smiths Detection Inc. (SDI), in partnership with its Northeast distributor, Access Control Systems Inc., announced that the Somerset County Jail in Madison, ME, is the first county correctional facility in Maine to install a body scanner. The Somerset County Sheriff’s Office has conducted more than 1,000 scans to date, significantly reducing the amount of contraband being brought into the facility, while greatly improving efficiency and reducing costs.

Sheriff Dale P. Lancaster of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office commented, "We are very pleased with the effects the B-SCAN has had on safety and security for both staff and inmates. The body scanner has detected multiple occurrences of drugs and weapons concealed internally and has greatly reduced the cost previously spent to watch inmates in dry cells. From procurement through installation and training, Access Control Systems and Smiths Detection provided the expertise and oversight necessary to ensure our success with this project.”

Smiths Detection Inc.’s B-SCAN, a transmission X-ray body scanner, is a major deterrent in helping correctional facilities keep drugs and other contraband out. It can detect concealed contraband that has been ingested, hidden in body cavities, or beneath clothing, greatly reducing the need for manual searches. This system is easy to integrate into an existing checkpoint and requires minimal training to operate. It is also backed by Smiths Detection’s 24/7/365 technical support call center. There are hundreds of B-SCAN systems deployed around the world, largely in correctional facilities.

Somerset County Jail is also the first agency internationally to receive Smiths' Enhanced Image Evaluation training and has opted to implement a “Train the Trainer” program, allowing selected staff to train other staff thus saving time and money in the future.

Dan Gelston, President of SDI, said, “Somerset County is a pioneer in the State of Maine. They were the first to install a B-SCAN body scanner to help enhance the safety of their staff and inmate population and serve as a role model to other counties in the state. We continue to work with organizations to help them implement our world-class technology to meet their requirements of increasing security and improving safety.”

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

Access Control System is a Smiths Detection authorized distributor in the Northeast region of the USA. For 20 years Access Control Systems has been a security screening systems integrator, supplying the most advanced technology and systems support to meet the needs of their customers. For more information visit www.a-c-s.biz or contact Heather Shaver, VP of Business Development at [email protected] or 401-683-8589.

Department of Energy report confirms capabilities of PathSensor's CANARY system

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BALTIMORE Feb. 23, 2017 Baltimore biotech firm, PathSensors, Inc., announced today that in a published evaluation of multiple immunoassay-based threat detection technologies by researchers from the Pacific National Northwest Laboratory (PNNL), a U.S. Department of Energy Laboratory, PathSensors’ CANARY® biosensor threat detection technology was found to have the best level of detection (LOD) for two bio terror threats, Bacillus anthracis (anthrax) and Ricin.

The report, "Evaluation of Immunoassays and General Biological Indicator Tests for Field Screening of Bacilus anthracis and Ricin," compared fourteen immunoassays from ten different technology providers, including PathSensor’s CANARY biosensor immunoassay and PathSensor’s Zephyr assay sample reader.

A measure of the effectiveness of bio terror and bio threat detection technologies is the technology’s tested “limit of detection,” which indicates the level of sensitivity of the technology and its ability to avoid false positives (false alarms). A lower limit of detection indicates a better level of threat detection sensitivity and lower false alarm rate and is more desirable for bio threat detection applications. In the case of PathSensors’ CANARY® Zephyr technology, the PNNL report found that for detection of bacillus anthracis:

“….the CANARY Zephyr achieved an estimated limit of detection of 10^3 spores/mL, which was 4 orders of magnitude lower than any other immunoassay tested.” [PNNL report, page 87]

For detection of Ricin toxin, the PNNL report found that:

“…The CANARY Zephyr achieved the lowest limit of detection (3ng/mL).” [PNNL report, page 87]

“This new report from PNNL scientists is only the latest in what has been a series of independent validations of PathSensors’ CANARY pathogen detection technology,” commented Ted Olsen, CEO, PathSensors, Inc. “Anthrax and Ricin are just two of the many pathogens CANARY can detect; now users of CANARY can know that they are using one of the most highly sensitive and cost effective bio threat solutions available.”

PathSensors’ CANARY® (Cellular Analysis and Notification of Antigen Risks and Yields) technology is a biosensor technology that delivers rapid detection

of pathogens – including toxins, viruses, and bacteria – at high levels of sensitivity and specificity. First developed at the MIT-Lincoln Laboratory, CANARY® incorporates pathogen-specific antibodies expressed on the biosensor surface which, in the presence of a pathogen, trigger an intracellular calcium release that in turn activates bioluminescent proteins whose light output can be measured and analyzed. In independent tests by U.S. government labs, PathSensors’ CANARY® technology was shown to be superior to alternative technologies in terms of sensitivity and speed of detection. PathSensors has a continually growing library of biosensors for threats such as HLB, Phytophthora, and Ebola.

About PathSensors, Inc.

PathSensors is a leading biotechnology solutions and environmental testing company. PathSensors provides high speed, highly sensitive pathogen and threat detection solutions for the defense, homeland security, public health, medical countermeasures, mail room screening, first responder, food processing and agricultural sectors. For more information, visit http://www.pathsensors.com

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