CBRNE | Detection
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
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 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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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.
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.
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]
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.
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.
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]
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.