May 5, 2009 It may be a sad reflection of the times we live in, but there’s a growing worldwide demand for devices capable of detecting chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRNE) threats. Detecting such threats in a laboratory environment is all well and good, but to really save lives such detection needs to be carried out at the site of the threat. That means a detection device that offers lab quality results with a portable form factor - both qualities that Smiths Detection promises in its range of threat detection systems now being rolled-out worldwide.

The first is the HazMatID Ranger, a device introduced in the US last May that is able to identify over 32,000 unknown solids or liquids including white powders, WMDs, explosives, common and toxic industrial chemicals. Smith Detection claims this is the most extensive library available throughout the global market. The device has also been specifically designed with portability as a priority featuring single-handed operation to suit a range of field applications. It can also be used in tandem by two responders by detaching the unit’s PDA computer and utilizing Bluetooth connectivity. Results can then be transmitted to an external laptop for integration with test results performed by other Smiths Detection equipment.

Secondly, Bio-Seeq PLUS is a handheld biological testing unit designed for global military and emergency response applications to biological threats. The system provides on-site detection and identification of trace amounts of biological warfare agents such as Anthrax (pX01 & pX02), Tularemia, Plague and Pan Orthopox. The units were not only designed for portability, but also for ease of use by those who may have little to no biological testing experience. An interface guided by easy-to-follow software prompts makes the Bio-Seeq PLUS easy to use with one hand, even when wearing protective gear.

Smiths Detection has also announced the global launch of the newest model in its Lightweight Chemical Detector series, the LCD 3.3. This new detector is an individual hazardous vapor warning device that offers real-time detection of nerve, blood, blister and choking agents at, or immediately below, dangerous concentration levels. Smiths Detection is touting the LCD 3.3 as the most advanced chemical agent detector of its kind in the world. It features a non-radioactive source to identify unknown substances and has been sufficiently ruggedized for both military and emergency responder use. As well as enabling troops and emergency responders to mitigate chemical incidents in military and civilian attacks more quickly, the device also records and stores key data for post-mission analysis.

Smiths Detection is offering the HazMatID Ranger, Bio-Seeq PLUS and the LCD 3.3 American, European, Middle Eastern, and African and Asian markets.

Darren Quick