|[February 12, 2013]
Major U.S. Emergency Response Team Boosts Capabilities with HazMatID Elite Chemical Identifier
DANBURY, Conn. --(Business Wire)--
One of the largest state law enforcement agencies in the U.S. has bought
the first of Smiths Detection's new HazMatID Elite units, a handheld
device that detects and identifies explosives, chemical warfare agents,
toxic industrials and narcotics.
The Elite, which provides emergency response teams with on-scene
capability to quickly identify unknown substances, was bought by the New
Jersey State Police. It is the next generation of Smiths Detection's
HazMatID, the most widely used field-portable Fourier Transform Infrared
Spectroscopy (FT-IR) solid and liquid identifier.
Ten times smaller and four times lighter than the original, Elite uses
innovative sampling techniques for reliable determination of suspicious
powders plus direct surface contaminant analysis and robotics
integration. It is the only system of its kind certified to the
strictest military standard for use in the most extreme climates.
James Viscardi, Vice President for U.S. Critical Infrastructure and
Emergency Response, Smiths Detection, said: "Smiths Detection designed
HazMatID Elite specifically to help emergency responders like the New
Jersey State Police protect lives and seure assets from a broad range
of evolving threats. It provides easy-to-use chemical analysis tools
that can be relied on to inform response decisions. Our technology is
backed by a commitment to training and service that has made Smiths
Detection the world's leading provider of advanced technologies to
identify constantly evolving CBRNE threats and contraband."
HazMatID Elite's enhanced functionality includes an intuitive interface
and self-guided software as well as encrypted wireless communications
that supports mobile response operations. Personnel can train to use the
system in under an hour, far less time and resources than required for
For HazMatID Elite technical specifications, please visit: http://www.smithsdetection.com/HazMatIDElite.php.
Detection designs and makes advanced solutions to detect and
identify threats including explosives, chemical agents, biohazards,
nuclear, radiation, narcotics, weapons and contraband. A market leader
worldwide in providing layered security technologies, Smiths Detection
has major plants in three U.S. states. It partners federal and state
government agencies and first responders to strengthen homeland security
and safeguard the military. Major customers include the Department of
Defense (DoD) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It is part of Smiths
Group, a global leader in the practical application of advanced
technologies. Smiths Group employs around 23,000 people, including more
than 9,000 in the U.S. where it operates around 100 sites in 40 states.
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