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CBRNE | Detection
CANTERBURY, KENT, UK June 21, 2016 The crash of an Egypt Air Flight 804 recently again raised concerns over whether a vulnerability in pre-flight security has led to another deadly terrorist attacks. Officials haven’t found a cause for the crash yet, but news reports indicate that officials believe either a bomb or fire are what brought the plane down.
Regardless of the cause, the Chief Executive Officer of British-based Ancon Technologies said that the incident shows the compelling need for more versatile and affordable explosive detection technology.
“There are still too many vulnerabilities in transportation systems around the world,” said CEO Dr. Robert Muir. “That’s why our focus has been on developing explosive detection technology that is highly efficient, easily deployable and economically priced.”
Using nanotechnology to scan sensitive vapor readings, Ancon Technologies has developed unique security devices with exception sensitivity to detect explosive chemicals and materials. Called Nanotechnology Molecular Tagging, the technology is used to look for specific molecular markers that are emitted from the chemicals used in explosive compounds. An NMT device can then be programmed to look for these compounds and gauge concentrations.
“The result is unprecedented sensitivity for a device that is portable and versatile,” Dr. Muir said. “The technology is also highly selective, meaning it can distinguish the molecules is testing for against the backdrop of other chemicals and readings in the air.”
If terrorism is responsible for the crash of the Egypt Air flight on route to Cairo from Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport, the incident further shows the need for heightened screening processes, Muir said. Concerns about air travel’s vulnerabilities to terrorism were further raised in October when a Russian plane flying out of Egypt crashed in what several officials believe was a terrorist bombing.
Both cases show the need for improved security measures in airports around the world, especially those related to early explosive detection, Muir said. CNN reported that the Egypt Air crash would likely generate even more attention to airport security while Egypt has already been investing in new security measures following the October attack.
“An NMT device can bring laboratory-level sensitivity to the airport screening procedure, adding another level of safety in places where it’s needed most,” Muir said. “By being able to detect a compound at concentrations as small as a single molecule, NMT can pinpoint a threat and provide security teams with the early warning they need.”
The NMT device’s sensitivity and accuracy can also help balance another concern with airport security: long waits. Already, the Transportation Security Agency is coming under fire this summer for extended airport security screening lines, reports USA Today.
“An NMT device can produce results from test samples in minutes, meaning screenings can proceed at a reasonable pace without jeopardizing security,” Muir said.
Ancon Technologies has working arrangements with military and security agencies in both the United Kingdom and the United States, Muir said, following a recent round of investments. The company is headquartered in Canterbury, Kent and has an office in the U.S. in Bloomington, MN.
WILMINGTON, MA June 9, 2016 Implant Sciences Corporation (OTCQB:IMSC), a leading manufacturer of explosives trace detection (ETD) solutions for Department of Homeland Security (DHS) applications, today announced that its QS-B220 desktop explosives and drugs trace detector has been deployed to over 160 airports across the United States and Europe over the past twelve months. Over 1,000 units were sold to support ECAC demand to European airports in 14 countries, and substantial follow-on orders continue to be in play in the region.
Implant Sciences won the 1,170 unit order from the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in November, 2014. These units, which began shipping in December 2015, are continuing to be deployed across nearly 200 United States airports. Implant Sciences also announced the capture of the 122 unit order from the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) in January, 2016. Those units are also currently being deployed to airports across Canada.
"The success Implant Sciences has achieved in the aviation security market is significant. Our company, long known for its cutting-edge technical solutions, is recognized and chosen by the leading procurers in aviation security operations around the world. In winning competitive bid after competitive bid, Implant Sciences' QS-B220 is now the most widely deployed non-rad ETD in the world," stated Dr. Darryl Jones, Implant Sciences' Executive Vice President.
"We have made great progress in aviation security and we have a number of other markets with noteworthy opportunities in view. We are proud of our tremendous accomplishments in the aviation security sector and look forward to continuing to execute on delivering mission critical and life saving technology to security operations and professionals," added Robert Liscouski, Implant Sciences' President.
About the QS-B220 Desktop Explosives Trace Detector
The QS-B220 uses Ion Mobility Spectrometry (IMS) to rapidly detect and identify trace amounts of a wide variety of military, commercial, and homemade explosives. Featuring a radioactive material-free design, push-button maintenance and diagnostics, and a patented inCal™ internal automatic calibration system, the QS-B220 brings new levels of performance and convenience to desktop trace detection users with unsurpassed ease of use.
About Implant Sciences
Implant Sciences is a leader in developing and manufacturing advanced detection capabilities to counter and eliminate the ever-evolving threats from explosives and drugs. The Company's team of dedicated trace detection experts has developed proprietary technologies used in its commercial products, thousands of which have been sold across more than 70 countries worldwide. The Company's ETDs have received approvals and certifications from several international regulatory agencies including the TSA in the U.S., ECAC in Europe, CAAC and the Ministry of Public Safety in China, Russia FSB, STAC in France, and the German Ministry of the Interior. It has also received the 2015 GSN Airport/Seaport/Border Security Award for "Best Security Checkpoint". For further details on the Company and its products, please visit the Company's website at www.implantsciences.com.
EDGEWOOD, MD – Smiths Detection’s IONSCAN™ 600 trace detector has been enhanced to detect and identify narcotics, in addition to its existing capabilities for explosives. Extending the library of threats to include narcotics will provide customers in the aviation, ports and borders or critical infrastructure markets with a more comprehensive solution to their detection needs.
The portable desktop IONSCAN 600 will be able to detect a range of narcotics such as amphetamine, cocaine, heroin, ketamine, MDA, MDMA and others. This capability will be important to front-line organizations including customs authorities, prisons and other secure facilities, which have a growing requirement to detect and identify illegal narcotics and other controlled substances.
The new version of IONSCAN 600, available from June 2016, will offer the option to identify both narcotics and explosives, either separately, or both simultaneously.
From October 2016, the IONSCAN 600 will also offer an optional built-in compact thermal printer to enable analysis results and logs to be documented on the spot.
Head of Sensor Products, Ken Fredeen, said: “IONSCAN 600 has established itself as a market leading product over the past two years, with certification by ECAC, the major European aviation authority and adoption by airports throughout the EU and Middle East. The additional narcotics library will provide customers with extended detection capabilities to better meet their ever-evolving, mission-critical detection needs.”
The IONSCAN 600 improves screening capabilities by delivering ease-of-use, flexibility and cost advantages for trace detection applications. It is augmented by ReachBack™, 24/7/365 service and support to ensure optimum product performance, and delivers reliable performance consistent with Smiths Detection’s range of high quality solutions.
The IONSCAN 600 narcotics version will be on display and available for demonstration to the general public for the first time in the United States at the American Correctional Association Congress of Correction, August 7-9, 2016 at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center in Boston, MA.
Smiths Detection offers advanced security solutions in civil and military markets worldwide, developing and manufacturing government-regulated technology products that help detect and identify explosives, chemical and biological agents, radiological and nuclear threats, weapons, narcotics and contraband. It is part of Smiths Group, a global leader in applying integrated, advanced technologies to markets in threat and contraband detection, energy, medical devices, communications and engineered components. Smiths Group employs around 23,000 people in more than 50 countries.
ARLINGTON, VA, May 27, 2016
DRS Technologies Inc., a Leonardo-Finmeccanica Company, announced today that it has signed a strategic teaming agreement with Autonomous Solutions, Inc. (ASI), a leading provider of robotic vehicle technologies, to develop automated solutions for the US military's route-clearance vehicles.
This alliance combines ASI's expertise in vehicle automation with DRS engineering production capabilities, market presence and customer awareness. The companies will begin working on the U.S. Army's emerging Route Clearance Interrogation System (RCIS) Type I program, which involves automation of the High Mobility Engineering Excavator (HMEE) platform.
"We are very excited to work with ASI to offer our customer automated solutions that increase safety by eliminating the need for soldiers to man systems on the battlefield in route-clearance missions. Leveraging ASI's proven technology will allow DRS to provide rapid, reliable, and cost-effective solutions to the warfighter while continuing our legacy of meeting the challenging needs of our customers," said Joseph Matteoni, vice president and general manager of DRS Sustainment Systems, Inc.
The RCIS program is expected to provide the Army with the option to remotely operate the Army-legacy HMEE Type I vehicle in an unmanned mode. In the unmanned mode, the RCIS Type I will be wirelessly controlled by an operator located in a separate control vehicle.
About Autonomous Solutions
Autonomous Solutions, Inc. is a world leader in vendor independent vehicle automation systems, serving clients in the mining, agriculture, automotive, government, and manufacturing industries with remote control, tele-operation, and fully automated solutions. ASI's vehicle automation products can be found in companies and government agencies throughout the world, including: Anglo American, Rio Tinto, Ford Motor Company, Luke Air Force Base, and the Los Angeles Police Department.
About DRS Technologies
DRS Technologies is a leading technology innovator and supplier of integrated products, services and support to military forces, intelligence agencies and prime contractors worldwide. The company specializes in naval and maritime systems, ground combat mission command and network computing, global satellite communications and network infrastructure, aviation support and avionics systems, and intelligence and security solutions. Additionally, DRS builds power systems and electro-optical/infrared systems for a wide range of commercial customers. Headquartered in Arlington, VA, DRS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Leonardo-Finmeccanica S.p.A., which employs more than 47,000 people worldwide. See the full range of capabilities at www.drs.com.
Dr. Robert Ledoux
NORTH BILLERICA, MA May 27, 2016
Passport Systems, Inc. is launching a new podcast series, The Passport Podcast, which will inform listeners about new developments related to CBRNe threats and the state-of-the-art radiation detection technology produced by Passport Systems, Inc. This new feature will allow public and private sector policymakers, stakeholders and customers to hear in-depth insights from Dr. Robert Ledoux, Founder, CEO and Director of Passport Systems.
The bi-weekly podcast will be delivered via email allowing subscribers to hear our fresh commentary on Passport's cutting-edge technology, and news on potential threats around the globe. Each email will include a link to the podcasts that allows you to click on and tune in from your desktop, laptop or mobile device.
"The Passport Podcast provides an important communications platform that allows us to connect with our stakeholders and broader audiences more frequently," Dr. Ledoux said. "We are excited about adding this communications vehicle, which will enhance our existing online presence on Twitter and Facebook."
The first podcast installment is available here. In this episode, Dr. Ledoux explains the many means of obtaining harmful radioactive materials, and the very real threat of dirty bombs.
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.
BALTIMORE, MD (PRWEB) MAY 20, 2016
The recent recall by Costco and Trader Joes of 47 million pounds of meat contaminated with Listeria, as reported by Food Safety News on May 12, 2016(1), demonstrates the need for faster and more cost effective bio-threat detection to ensure food safety, according to Ted Olsen, CEO of Baltimore-based biotech firm, PathSensors, Inc.
PathSensor’s latest solution uses a biosensor technology called CANARY®. CANARY®, an acronym for Cellular Analysis and Notification of Antigen Risks and Yields, was developed by MIT a decade ago. It has since been used successfully for homeland security and defense applications, and is now being deployed for food and plant safety.
“We need to upgrade existing pathogen detection processes in the food supply with technologies such as CANARY® that detect contamination earlier and with greater sensitivity,” Olsen explained. “Legacy approaches can take days to detect and identify threats, which results in higher downstream costs and greater health risks. CANARY® is easy to use, so food safety workers do not need extensive technical training,” Olsen commented.
Developed by scientists at MIT-Lincoln Laboratories, CANARY® incorporates pathogen-specific antibodies expressed on the biosensor surface which, in the presence of a pathogen (virus, bacteria or toxin), trigger a calcium release that activates bioluminescent proteins within the biosensor cell. These proteins generate light, which can be measured and analyzed. The technology’s performance has been independently tested and validated by multiple U.S. government agencies and laboratories.
According to Olsen, PathSensors has incorporated CANARY® into bio-threat detection systems for protection of government buildings from airborne threats, as well as the screening of mail, cargo, packages and suspicious powders for biological threats. The company is now working with food processing firms to implement CANARY® for food safety inspection.
About PathSensors, Inc.
PathSensors is a leading biotechnology solutions and environmental testing company. PathSensors provides high speed – high sensitive pathogen and threat detection solutions for the defense, homeland security, 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.
LOGAN, Utah, April 12, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Utah State University's Space Dynamics Laboratory announced today that a suite of space-weather instruments built for NASA have entered environmental testing at SDL's Calibration and Optical Research Laboratory.
NASA's Ionospheric Connection Explorer mission, known as ICON, will explore the area of our atmosphere where weather on Earth and weather in space meet, creating conditions that may affect terrestrial communications. ICON will help scientists better understand the upper atmosphere, and to determine the causes of energy variations in that region.
Variations in plasma density within the ionosphere can cause radio communication outages on Earth quickly and unpredictability. Among other issues, the disruption of radio signals has implications for information provided by Global Positioning System satellites – especially near the equator. Americans rely on the information provided by GPS satellites every day for uses such as cell phones, emergency services, aircraft operations, navigation and banking. Observations from the ICON mission will allow scientists to better understand the fundamental processes at work in the ionosphere that is driving this unpredictability.
"SDL has built cameras for two of the four main instruments that have been integrated onto ICON and will enable it to measure neutral winds and temperatures, and the amounts of energy in the ionosphere," said Jed Hancock, director of Civil Space for SDL. "The integration and testing of ICON that is now being conducted at SDL will allow our engineers to verify the integrity of the payload prior to its planned launch next year. We are proud to be a member of the ICON team that will help scientists to better understand how the interaction of Earth and space weather interfere with GPS and communication signals here."
ICON is part of NASA's Explorers program. Explorer missions – which provide investigations from space in the disciplines of physics, geophysics, heliophysics and astrophysics -- are highly-focused missions designed to be relatively inexpensive and quickly built. The ICON team is led by Thomas Immel, principal investigator at the University of California, Berkeley's Space Sciences Laboratory
A unit of the USU Research Foundation, SDL is one of 14 University Affiliated Research Centers in the nation. Charged with applying basic research to the technology challenges presented in the military and science arenas, SDL has developed revolutionary solutions that are changing the way the world collects and uses data. SDL's core competencies are electro-optical sensor systems, calibration, thermal management, reconnaissance systems, and small satellite technologies. For more information, visit www.sdl.usu.edu.
ABU DHABI, U.A.E. , March 15, 2016 – American Science and Engineering, Inc., a leading worldwide supplier of innovative X-ray detection solutions, today introduced three innovative scanning systems to the Middle East which are ideally suited for helping authorities combat terrorism and other security threats. New products include the next generation Z Portal® system that combines multiple detection technologies for up to six views of cargo and vehicles; the CarView™ portal, a high-throughput, relocatable, multi-technology scanning system for threats concealed in cars and small vehicles; and the Tx-View™ dual-energy transmission option for the top-selling line of ZBV® mobile cargo and vehicle screening systems.
During ISNR 2016 (March 15—17), AS&E will feature the next generation Z Portal system, CarView portal, Tx-View option for ZBV, and MINI Z® handheld imaging system in our channel partner Al Hamra’s stand #4230.
“Security agencies in the Middle East have experienced first-hand how our systems help reduce the level of vulnerability to explosive threats and contraband,” said Chuck Dougherty, President and CEO of AS&E. “We are confident they will find that our new offerings address high-priority security objectives and trengthen their ability to protect residents, visitors, and critical infrastructure against terrorist threats.”
The Next Generation Z Portal: Multi-view, multi-technology cargo and vehicle screening system
The next generation Z Portal system is the only drive-through cargo and vehicle inspection system that uses multiple detection technologies to provide up to six views—including dual-energy transmission, Z Backscatter®, and Forwardscatter® images—of scanned passenger vehicles, trucks, buses, and cargo. The new Z Portal system incorporates AS&E’s latest source and detector innovations in a more compact design, enabling improved image quality at higher throughput in space-constrained locations such as checkpoints at high-threat facilities. View the video.
CarView Portal: Cost-effective, high-throughput, superior inspection of small vehicles
The CarView portal screens occupied cars and small vehicles to help secure special events, parking garages, and high-threat locations. The system uses innovative Wave Shifting Fibers (WSF) detector technology to simultaneously produce two top-down images: a high-quality dual-energy transmission image and a Z Backscatter image of the scanned vehicle. The dual-energy transmission image offers material discrimination technology to detect metallic and organic threats and contraband, while the photo-like Z Backscatter image offers enhanced detection of organic threats such as explosives, drugs, and stowaways. This cost-effective, versatile system is easily relocatable and its compact footprint meets the physical requirements of standard tollbooth lanes.
ZBV with Tx-View: Dual-energy transmission option for the ZBV system
Tx-View is a dual-energy transmission option for AS&E’s industry-leading line of ZBV mobile cargo and vehicle screening systems. This ZBV with Tx-View option allows security personnel to simultaneously acquire dual-energy transmission images for detection of metallic threats such as weapons and artillery shells, and Z Backscatter images for superior detection of organic threats and contraband. Deployed quickly and easily, the Tx-View option is completely self-contained in a trailer for storage and transport, providing customs and security officials with the lowest cost, most versatile, multi-technology, mobile cargo and vehicle screening system available today.
MINI Z: Handheld Z Backscatter imaging system
The MINI Z system enables law enforcement, public safety, and other security professionals to scan in places other systems can’t reach and determine “on-the-go” if drugs, explosives, or other threats are present in difficult-to-reach locations such as car interiors and aircraft compartments. The MINI Z system was also named winner of the R&D 100 Award for Top Innovation, an ASIS Accolades Award winner and Best of What’s New Award for 2014 in Popular Science Magazine.
American Science and Engineering, Inc. (AS&E) is the trusted global provider of threat and contraband detection solutions for ports, borders, military, critical infrastructure, law enforcement, and aviation. With over 50 years of experience, AS&E offers proven, advanced X-ray inspection systems to combat terrorism, drug smuggling, illegal immigration, and trade fraud. AS&E systems are designed in a variety of configurations for cargo and vehicle inspection, parcel inspection, and personnel screening. Using a combination of technologies, these systems provide superior detection capabilities, with high-energy, dual-energy, and Z Backscatter X-rays — pioneered by AS&E.
Salt Lake City, UT, March 8 - SpotterRF, the leading manufacturer of compact surveillance radar (CSR), today announced completion of the world’s first Spotter radar protected ski resort road system by GEOPRAEVENT in Zermatt, Switzerland. The SpotterRF CSR monitors two infamous avalanche gullies along the Swiss Alps road leading to the renowned village. The unique 24/7 two-tier perimeter line system triggers automatic road closure at the mouth of the canyon when it detects a snow avalanche threatening motorists on the only road leading to Zermatt.
Lorenz Meier, CEO for GEOPRAEVENT states, “We chose SpotterRF because of the large radar coverage, small size, low-power and the possibility to implement its own algorithms on the raw data. They're a great team to work with. Our customer has repeatedly stated that he is thrilled by the system.”
With a range of 2000 meters and a horizontal opening angle of 90°, the radar surveys an area of more than two square kilometers. When triggered, the system reacts within seconds, immediately closing the road by means of traffic lights and barriers.
Local authorities receive prioritized notification. Live cameras installed along the road allow them to check on the situation immediately — even at night, as all cameras are equipped with infrared floodlights. If the avalanche has not reached the road, authorities can reopen it from their computers or smart phones within minutes.
“Global demand for SpotterRF compact surveillance radar is extending our reach into new applications and industries,” states Logan Harris, SpotterRF CEO. “Our Swiss partner, GEOPRAEVENT did a marvelous job designing and adding their own proprietary algorithms to our Spotter radar to create a system that responds in seconds to protect motorists traveling this curvy mountain roads.”
See Zermatt case study (English version) HERE.
SpotterRF delivers its award-winning compact surveillance radar (CSR) systems through more than 60 strategic integrators to a global marketplace in 24 countries on six continents. This award-winning radar will be demonstrated at the upcoming Security Industry Association (SIA) ISC West tradeshow in Las Vegas, Nevada April 6-8 (booth# 14135).
SpotterRF provides the world’s most advanced Compact Surveillance Radar (CSR) system for perimeter security and force protection. Made in the USA and engineered for extreme conditions, SpotterRF technology is the most compact, lightweight, energy efficient, and cost-effective radar for elite warfighters and critical infrastructure requirements, such as electrical utilities.
Billerica, MA,February 17 - American Science and Engineering, Inc. ("AS&E"), a leading worldwide supplier of innovative X-ray detection solutions, today introduced the CarView™ portal, an advanced high-throughput scanning system for superior detection of hidden threats in cars and small vehicles. The CarView system simultaneously produces two images of the top-down view of the vehicle: a high-quality, dual-energy transmission image that highlights metallic threats, and a photo-like Z Backscatter® image that highlights organic threats and contraband. The relocatable, cost-effective system is ideal for securing special events and parking garages, as well as high-threat facilities, government buildings, and vital checkpoints.
In addition to AS&E’s signature Z Backscatter technology, the CarView system uses innovative Wave Shifting Fibers (WSF) detector technology to provide dual-energy, material discrimination capabilities. WSF detector technology has enabled the development of more powerful, efficient, compact, and rugged AS&E X-ray systems, such as the CarView portal, which fits into existing traffic lanes and delivers high-throughput screening without sacrificing image quality.
“We continue to develop and introduce innovative underlying technologies, such as Wave Shifting Fibers, that can extend the capabilities of new platforms,” said Chuck Dougherty, AS&E's President and CEO. “The CarView system is the latest in our family of solutions to leverage multiple, complementary technologies in a low-cost, relocatable, compact footprint. This will enable AS&E to extend the served market for portal systems to include commercial applications, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to develop a range of solutions that meets our customers’ real-world operational requirements.”
Key Features of the CarView System:
The CarView system provides multi-technology inspection while maintaining the flow of commerce and operations at high traffic and vital locations.
- Superior Threat Detection – The CarView system combines dual-energy transmission and Z Backscatter technology for superior threat detection. Dual-energy transmission technology provides enhanced detection of metallic threats such as weapons, guns, artillery shells, and VBIEDs. Z Backscatter complements this by providing a photo-like image of scanned objects, assisting operators in the identification of anomalies such as explosives, drugs, currency, alcohol, cigarettes, and other organic threats and contraband.
- High Throughput – The CarView portal offers high-throughput screening of up to 400 passenger vehicles per hour and is capable of imaging vehicles at speeds of up to 20 kph. The CarView system’s image analysis software compensates for variations in vehicle speed.
- Compact and Easily Relocatable – The versatile CarView system is easily relocatable, and its compact footprint meets the physical requirements of standard tollbooth lanes. This efficient design enables officials to seamlessly integrate the CarView portal into existing operations at critical infrastructure, garages, event entrances, and high-threat facilities. The system also features a construction-less design for fast, easy set up.
- Safe Scanning Levels – The CarView system adheres to strict international and U.S. standards for radiation protection and the dose to driver is below the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) limit of 0.25 microSievert per screening. In addition to a low dose to driver, the CarView portal offers a tight exclusion zone, making the system ideal for installation in high-traffic areas.
American Science and Engineering, Inc. (AS&E) is the trusted global provider of threat and contraband detection solutions for ports, borders, military, critical infrastructure, law enforcement, and aviation. With over 50 years of experience, AS&E offers proven, advanced X-ray inspection systems to combat terrorism, drug smuggling, illegal immigration, and trade fraud. AS&E systems are designed in a variety of configurations for cargo and vehicle inspection, parcel inspection, and personnel screening. Using a combination of technologies, these systems provide superior detection capabilities, with high-energy, dual-energy, and Z Backscatter X-rays — pioneered by AS&E. Learn more about AS&E products and technologies at www.as-e.com.