CBRNE | Detection
PITTSBURGH, Dec. 8, 2016 ChemImage Sensor Systems (CISS) announces that its VeroVision™ portable shortwave infrared (SWIR) hyperspectral imaging detection system received a Platinum 2016 Technology Innovation Award from Military & Aerospace Electronics and Intelligent Aerospace publications. The Platinum award recognizes companies that offer the highest level of military, aerospace and avionics product design solutions. Selections are made based on the recommendations of an independent panel of industry judges.
"We are honored to receive this major award and pleased to see that the power of SWIR hyperspectral imaging for threat detection is being realized by the military and aerospace communities," said Steven Mitts, CISS Product Line Director. "The VeroVision™ platform has enabled the standoff detection of explosive, drug and chemical threats; we hope that this award will allow us to reach a broader base of potential applications."
"This award is a credit to the innovation of our dedicated men and women who developed the VeroVision™ hardware and software and are providing support for critical threat detection applications that make the world healthier and safer," stated ChemImage Chief Operating Officer John Belechak.
For more information visit www.cisensorsystems.com.
About ChemImage Sensor Systems
ChemImage Sensor Systems develops innovative standoff chemical imaging sensors that make our world healthier and safer by utilizing patented imaging capabilities and leverage current in-the-field technologies to address the ever-changing landscape of drugs, chemical, biological and explosive (CBE) threats. The company has developed a series of chemical imaging sensors for point, proximity, remote and standoff detection and identification in both fixed site and on-the-move configurations, in order to protect military troops, security personnel and citizens.
For more information, visit www.cisensorsystems.com
ChemImage Sensor Systems is a subsidiary of ChemImage Corporation, a leader in chemical imaging technology and instrumentation.
About ChemImage Corporation
ChemImage Corporation is a Pittsburgh based company committed to making the world healthier and safer through dramatic advancements in chemical imaging technology. The company combines proprietary, state-of-the-art imaging sensors, algorithms and analytical software to solve the world's most challenging health and safety issues.
ChemImage seeks to provide an Awareness of Things™ (AoT™) to a global audience, using the company's innovation platforms to provide people with unprecedented levels of vision, information and situational knowledge about their surroundings in their everyday lives. To accomplish this goal, the firm develops technologies for chemical and biological applications across many global industries; including life sciences, bio-medical, security, threat detection, anatomic pathology, forensics and diagnostics.
FREDERICKSBURG, VA Nov. 22, 2016 PAS Systems International Inc., announces the market release of the AquilaScan Oral Fluid Drug Screener designed for law enforcement. AquilaScan is an affordable, handheld, qualitative screening instrument with a simple to use field data management system. The device leverages oral fluid which is a better indicator of recent drug use than urine without the complicated logistics of urine testing. This combination of superior methodology and simple field usage makes AquilaScan ideal for law enforcement.
About the AquilaScan Device
The device is simple to operate. A disposable sponge is used to swap the inside of the subject's mouth. The sponge is then placed in a test cassette which is then inserted into the portable analyzer unit. Results are promptly displayed and can be printed, stored or downloaded to a computer.
"AquilaScan is a 3-in-1 ergonomic electronic analyzer with built-in printer, customizable data management system and driver's license scanner. This integrated approach serves to eliminate possible sources of human errors and ensures a clear chain of custody" stated Jarel Kelsey, President of PAS Systems.
The AquilaScan device is presently nearing completion of advanced field trials with law enforcement agencies in several states. These studies will provide real world usage results as well as valuable feedback for device evolution and additional features important to the law enforcement community. PAS will release field trial updates as they are completed.
Headquartered in Fredericksburg, Virginia, PAS Systems International, Inc., is a 20 year leader in the manufacturing of fuel cells and the development of alcohol detection devices utilized by law enforcement, in the workplace and elsewhere. The PAS mission is to leverage the highest quality impairment detection technologies to enhance public safety. In addition to a diverse set of proprietary alcohol detection devices, PAS has expanded its focus to meet the increasing demand for advanced drug detection devices.
TEL AVIV, Israel Nov. 15, 2016 Following extensive testing in the laboratory and in the field, Laser Detect System (LDS) Ltd. is unveiling SpectroDrone – the world’s first drone-based explosive detection sensor.
Utilizing LDS’ laser-based explosive detection system, SpectroDrone detects explosives and other hazardous materials, in gas, liquid, powder or bulk form, at a distance of several meters from the threat. SpectroDrone can perform such missions over an operational radius of up to 3 Km. In addition to the detection of dangerous materials, SpectroDrone can remotely analyze different materials in real time, fulfilling essential role in mining and other industrial operations.
LDS is unveiling the SpectroDrone this week at Israel’s HLS & Cyber Expo in Tel Aviv (15/16 November 2016). At the exhibition, SpectroDrone is displayed integrated on the Airobotics Optimus drone – a high capacity multi-mission multi-rotor drone.
In this new configuration SpectroDrone automatically detects and analyzes explosives materials and IEDs, hazardous compounds, and narcotics from a distance, in addition to its surveillance role, thus enhancing situational understanding and real-time response to emergency situations. The SpectroDrone payload can also be mounted on ground robots and in fixed operation such as LDS’ SPHERE vehicle inspection systems.
“We are very excited to unveil this innovative solution for security and anti-terror applications at Israel’s HLS & Cyber,“ said Eli Venezia, LDS founder, and President, “We are also encouraged by the great promise our technology offers for commercial applications.”
“When running security, emergency or surveillance missions in an industrial environment, the ability to dynamically and swiftly replace payloads, as well as introduce new innovative ones, is a real step forward,” says Ran Krauss, CEO, and Co-Founder of Airbotics. “The next generation of security lies in introducing unique technological capabilities, which I believe LDS and Airbotics bring jointly to market.”
LDS Laser-Based Explosive Detection Technology:
SpectroDrone implements LDS’ patented, laser-based detection technology. The payload comprises multiple electro-optical assemblies comprising a laser source emitting several wavelengths, laser range finder and high-resolution camera - all integrated with state of the art spectrometers which that operates LDS’s software package and proprietary algorithms.
This algorithm enables to achieve the sensitivity required for remote operation, increasing the probability of accurate detection while reducing false negative and false positive detection rates, bringing detection performance level to that of laboratory equipment.
Laser Detect Systems (LDS) is a world-leading developer of laser-based detection technology, based on advanced laser spectrometry techniques including Raman, fluorescence, and LIBS. Utilizing this technology, LDS has patented and commercialized ground-breaking systems for homeland security, law enforcement, military and environmental safety. These systems enable real-time sensing of a variety of materials which have a distinct spectral signature even in remote operation. These include explosives, narcotics, chemicals, biological substances, and other hazardous materials as well as different mineral materials.
Airobotics has developed an unmanned drone solution, the first of its kind in the global market. Airobotics provides an end-to-end, fully automatic solution for collecting aerial data and gaining invaluable insights. The industrial grade platform is available on-site and on-demand, enabling industrial facilities to access premium aerial data in a faster, safer, more efficient way. The team at Airobotics fuses expertise in aerospace hardware design, robust electronic systems, leading software engineering, and years of experience in commercial drone operations. This varied experience has allowed them to design a solution suited to address the needs of the world’s most complex industrial environments.
SAN DIEGO, Oct. 31, 2016 Passport Systems Inc. has produced the first of its kind handheld, networked radiation detector. The SmartShield™ Networked Radiation Detection System will advance security at large scale venues in the United States, as well as around the world, and will better protect populations and property from CBRNe threats.
The SmartShield system provides seamless integration of individual detectors into a coordinated network, while its advanced algorithms use the information provided by the network to perform improved radiation detection, localization, identification, and continuous mapping of the background area.
Domestically, the SmartShield technology has been used to beef up security at the NCAA Final Four Basketball Tournament in Houston, at the Boston Marathon, and other crowd gathering events, such as NASCAR races in New Hampshire. Internationally, it is being marketed for use at celebrations, soccer matches, concerts, as well as airports, and ports.
"The CBRNe Convergence show is a rare opportunity to talk with domestic local, state and federal security officials, law enforcement authorities from around the world and global private sector security interests about how Passport Systems' innovative radiation detection technology can improve security," said William McLendon, Passport's COO, who is showcasing the technology at Booth 47 in the exhibition hall during CBRNe Convergence 2016 in San Diego from October 31 to November 2.
"Our technology is the best available at detecting and responding to threats caused by Dirty Bombs and other nuclear and radiative devices," said Mr. McLendon, who is available to do media interviews at CBRNe Convergence 2016. "This technology is the counter balance to the growing sophistication of terrorist groups seeking to do harm. The challenge now is to get this technology into the hands of law enforcement, companies, countries who need it."
SmartShield is comprised of small gamma-radiation detectors that collect radiation data and transmit the information wirelessly through smartphones, forming a network that allows security forces to simultaneously respond to any threats. While on routine patrols, security and law enforcement officers collect background radiation data. When gamma radiation is detected, an alert and GPS coordinates are sent throughout the network, to a central command station, and to responding law enforcement personnel.
Passport Systems Inc., which is based in N. Billerica, MA, is also producing a game-changing cargo scanner that will effectively and efficiently help protect property and populations from nuclear terrorists and CBRNe threats.
Passport's technology has received significant media coverage in Massachusetts:
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This is a link to a Boston WCVB-ABC report: http://bit.ly/1V38ZOT
"We believe our technology is the best available at a time when the global threat from terrorists is growing," said Mr. McLendon. "Technology is an important counter balance to the growing sophistication of terrorist groups seeking to do harm. Our challenge is to get this technology deployed to the authorities tasked with protecting the public."
About Passport Systems
Passport Systems was founded to develop and commercialize new technologies to address the threats facing the world in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Founded by a team of MIT technologists and entrepreneurs, Passport Systems has proudly developed two cutting-edge product lines: The SmartScan 3D™ Automated Cargo Inspection System, based on nuclear resonance fluorescence technology, and the SmartShield™ Networked Radiation Detection System, using advanced data fusion algorithms. For further details on Passport Systems and its products and services, please visit www.passportsystems.com.
RESTON, VA Oct. 20, 2016 Leidos (NYSE: LDOS), a global science and technology solutions company, was awarded a prime contract by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), to provide systems administration and maintenance services for X-ray and imaging technology. This hybrid firm fixed-price time and materials contract has a one-year base period of performance, and includes four one-year options. If all options are exercised, the contract carries a total value of approximately $155 million.
Under this award, Leidos will help the CBP's efforts in securing the Nation's borders, by providing post-warranty support for fielded technology. This includes Non-Intrusive Inspection (NII) gamma imaging and X-ray equipment like Leidos' VACIS inspection systems, Radiation Portal Monitors (RPM), and Radiation Isotope Identification Devices (RIID). Through the company's maintenance and support efforts, the CBP will be able to better maintain operational readiness and ensure the equipment is functioning appropriately.
"We are pleased to continue our support of the CBP mission by providing critical administration and maintenance services," said Tim Reardon, President of Leidos Intelligence and Homeland Security. "Through our efforts, the CBP will be better able to secure land border crossings, airports, seaports, and rail crossings within the United States and abroad."
Leidos is a global science and technology solutions leader working to solve the world's toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company's 33,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported pro forma annual revenues of approximately $10 billion for the fiscal year ended Jan. 1, 2016 after giving effect to the recently completed combination of Leidos with Lockheed Martin's Information Systems & Global Solutions business (IS&GS). For more information, visit www.Leidos.com.
NORTH BILLERICA, MA Oct. 18, 2016 Passport Systems, Inc. today announced that it has received the Security Innovation Award from Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) for helping to revitalize the Port of Boston. Passport Systems has developed two state-of-the-art detection systems that are helping to keep the world safer from Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) threats.
Massport, the port authority of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, held the event on September 19 to thank Governor Charlie Baker and the Massachusetts federal, state, and local delegations for their support of the revitalization of the Port of Boston. At the event, which was held at Massport's Conley Terminal, Massachusetts' Senator Edward J. Markey presented the award to Dr. Robert Ledoux, President, CEO and Director of Passport Systems, Inc.
"Dr. Bob Ledoux and the team at Passport Systems have created a truly remarkable cargo inspection system capable of detecting potentially dangerous material and other contraband," said Senator Markey. "This potentially life-saving technology represents both ingenuity and progress as we look to prevent threats on our shores. I applaud Dr. Ledoux and Passport Systems for their commitment to innovation, that uniquely Massachusetts tradition, and congratulate them on receiving the Security Innovation Award."
Also in attendance were Governor Charlie Baker, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Congressmen Stephen Lynch and Mike Capuano, State Senators Linda Dorcena Forry, Thomas McGee, and John Keenan, State Representative Nick Collins, Boston City Councilor Bill Linehan, and Boston City Councilor Michael Flaherty.
"We are honored to have received this award," said Dr. Ledoux. "Passport Systems is committed to delivering technological solutions that significantly enhance security. It is our mission at Passport to develop advanced products which are part of the global architecture and provide public safety. We take this responsibility very seriously."
Lisa Wieland, Director of the Port of Boston, cited the important contributions that local companies have made to revitalize the port. "Massport's commitment to safety and security across the Authority benefits from the type of ingenuity demonstrated by local companies like Passport Systems," she said. "The progress and growth seen in the Port of Boston over the past few years is attributable to both the strategic investments made by Massport and the continued innovation brought forth by our partners."
Dr. Ledoux affirms that Passport Systems has developed state-of-the-art radiation detection technology that may help domestic and foreign seaports thwart nuclear terrorists seeking to transport nuclear materials. He says Passport's advanced scanning technology could play a major role in protecting people and property in the U.S. and in foreign countries.
"Our objective is to work with government agencies and private industries around the world to protect the public and property from CBRNE threats," said Dr. Ledoux. "The world gets more dangerous every day. But our team is hard at work developing technology to counter these threats, and keep people safe."
About Passport Systems
Passport Systems was founded to develop and commercialize new technologies to address the threats facing the world in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Founded by a team of MIT technologists and entrepreneurs, Passport Systems has proudly developed two cutting-edge product lines: The SmartScan 3D™ Automated Cargo Inspection System, based on nuclear resonance fluorescence technology, and the SmartShield™ Networked Radiation Detection System, using advanced data fusion algorithms. For further details on Passport Systems and its products and services, please visit www.passportsystems.com, and follow us on Twitter at @PassportSys and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PassportSys/.
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SAN DIEGO Oct. 13, 2016 Patriot One is pleased to welcome Tom Ridge, First Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and former Governor of Pennsylvania as keynote speaker at an invitation-only hosted event to formally introduce its NForce CMR1000 product during the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference in San Diego.
The special product launch event will be hosted by Patriot One from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Marriott Marquis - San Diego Marina, located at 333 W Harbor Dr.
Ridge’s speech, which takes place around 6:00 p.m. in the hotel’s San Diego Ballroom B, will focus on the importance of private and public sectors working together to prevent random acts of violence on our citizens.
Afterward, Patriot One CEO Martin Cronin along with the company’s scientific and management team will announce the launch of a new, revolutionary covert weapons detection technology.
“Today’s senseless acts of gun and weapon violence on our global citizens is top of mind, and we all want solutions to protect our family, friends and communities,” Cronin said. “There have been more than 185 shootings at our schools alone since Sandy Hook in 2012. This must stop, and we’re excited to announce a new product that can make us all safer and prevent attacks like these.”
Patriot One will provide details about the advanced development stage of its NForce covert concealed weapons system with over five years of academic research and successful testing complete. The patented Cognitive Microwave Radar (CMR) technology is designed to deter, detect and defend against unlawful use of weapons in private buildings, sports venues, schools, transportation hubs, entertainment facilities, clubs and other public and private venues and facilities.
Early stage trial devices are currently advancing to prototypes slated for pilot use in a number of Canadian and US facilities by year end. Sales orders are anticipated to commence in mid-2017. Patriot One has further entered into agreements with certain law enforcement partners in order to collect weapons signature data for use in the Company’s rapidly growing proprietary NForce weapons detection library.
Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served during the launch event. Patriot One is a proud sponsor of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Annual Conference taking place at the San Diego Convention Center Oct. 15 – 18.
The event is by invitation only. To find out more and to RSVP, visit http://www.patriot1tech.com/registration or call 800.753.0031.
About the International Association of Chiefs of Police
The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) is a professional association for law enforcement worldwide. For more than 120 years, the IACP has been launching internationally acclaimed programs, speaking on behalf of law enforcement, conducting groundbreaking research, and providing exemplary programs and services to members across the globe. Today, the IACP continues to be recognized as a leader in these areas. By maximizing the collective efforts of the membership, IACP actively supports law enforcement through advocacy, outreach, education, and programs. For more information, visit http://www.iacp.org.
About Patriot One
Patriot One has developed a first-of-its-kind Cognitive Microwave Radar concealed weapons detection system as an effective tool to combat active shooter threats before they occur. Designed for cost-effective deployment in weapon-restricted buildings and facilities, NForce CMR1000 can be installed in hallways and doorways to covertly identify weapons and to alert security of an active threat entering the premises. Owner/operators of private and certain public facilities can now prominently post anti-weapons policies with compliance assured. The Company’s motto Deter, Detect and Defend is based on the belief that widespread use of its technology will act as an effective deterrent, thereby diminishing the epidemic phenomena of active shooters across the nation. For more information, visit: http://www.patriot1tech.com and watch the video.
WILSONVILLE, OR Oct. 13, 2016 FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) today announced the identiFINDER® R100 personal radiation detector, the latest addition to its industry-leading identiFINDER R-Series handheld radiation security solutions. The belt-worn R100 integrates networking capabilities to safeguard first responders, law enforcement, and military and security personnel by delivering immediate radiation threat alarms and providing automatically-generated radiation dose rate reports to offer increased situational awareness to central command personnel.
The identiFINDER R100 is the industry’s first IP67-certified and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) drop-test compliant personal radiation detector. The device meets the 1.5M drop criteria required by ANSI N42.32, one of the key performance standards for alarming PRDs in Homeland Security. The IP67 rating assures the R100 is protected against dust and immersion in water up to 1M depth. The unit features integrated Bluetooth® Smart wireless technology which facilitates recording and sending real-time dose rates and geotag information via a companion mobile app.
The R100 joins the industry-leading identiFINDER product family in offering a complete range of radiation security solutions, from threat detection to threat identification. All identiFINDER models, including the identiFINDER R100, share the same field-proven, intuitive user interface, which enables coordinated emergency response between law enforcement, firefighters, and HAZMAT teams using any identiFINDER product.
“As the only ANSI drop-test -compliant and IP67-certified personal radiation detector, the R100 is the industry’s most rugged personal radiation detector for first responders,” said Dennis Barket, Jr., Vice President and General Manager of FLIR Detection. “When deployed across teams, the R100 provides a primary detection net that protects the frontline against radiological threats, while the integrated networking features eliminate communication blind spots for central command.”
FLIR will showcase the identiFINDER R100 for the first time at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Show on October 16 – 18 in San Diego, CA, booth #5251. The identiFINDER R100 will begin shipping globally in January 2017 with pricing starting at $1,195. To learn more about the identiFINDER R100, visit: http://www.flir.com/r100.
About FLIR Systems
FLIR Systems, Inc. is a world leader in the design, manufacture, and marketing of sensor systems that enhance perception and awareness. FLIR's advanced systems and components are used for a wide variety of thermal imaging, situational awareness, and security applications, including airborne and ground-based surveillance, condition monitoring, navigation, recreation, research and development, manufacturing process control, search and rescue, drug interdiction, transportation safety, border and maritime patrol, environmental monitoring, and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives (CBRNE) threat detection. For more information, visit FLIR’s web site at www.FLIR.com.
WATFORD, England September 14, 2016 Smiths Detection’s newly launched TRACE-PRO™, a non-radioactive, hand-held explosive threat detector, now has the additional capability to detect and identify TATP (Triacetone Triperoxide). This was the explosive substance used in the terrorist attack in Brussels in March 2016. This much-needed capability will enable users of TRACE-PRO to identify traces of TATP easily and aid covert operations or security operators to screen people, objects and materials in any location.
Shan Hood, Vice President, Products & Technology, Smiths Detection said, “We are very proud to announce the addition of TATP detection capability to TRACE-PRO™. This has been a priority for our customers. Due to its chemical makeup, TATP can be difficult to detect and TRACE-PRO™ now provides an easy to use solution to identify this challenging substance. Since TRACE-PRO’s launch in November 2015 we have seen considerable interest in customers wanting to use this advanced technology for a wide range of applications, including the military, police, airports and hotels.”
TRACE-PRO™ is a revolutionary hand-held detector for fast identification and evidence collection of common explosives and can deliver a result in less than 10 seconds. Swabs can be taken from people, objects and materials in any location and the in-built camera and GPS facilitate easy evidence collection – allowing the user to record and store data in the immediate location of the suspect substance.
TRACE-PRO™ is suited to a variety of environments and situations with its ruggedized exterior. It is ergonomically designed, weighs just 1.7 kg and is the only detector that can be powered by AA commercial batteries. It requires minimal user training due to its intuitive software and provides a low cost of ownership through its re-usable swabs and basic maintenance requirements.