Homeland approves detection technology

Dec. 15, 2011 at 7:01 AM
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COLUMBIA, Md., Dec. 15 (UPI) -- A nanotechnology-based product line that detects microscopic amounts of explosives and chem-bio agents has won U.S. approval as anti-terrorist technology.

The official designation of Qualified Anti-terrorism Technology was given to Raptor Detection Technologies' Substance Activated Fast Evaluation Technology product line by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

"This prestigious designation is a great honor for us and further confirms U.S. government support of Raptor's SAFE-T products and the company's ability to successfully bring products to full operational readiness in order to meet the requirements of war-fighters, law enforcement, first responders and security organizations," said Jonathan Gluckman, general manager and executive vice president of Raptor.

"The detection capability we provide greatly enhances the ability of our customers to meet the global terrorist threat in defense of our nation. Detection of trace explosives is as simple as looking for a visible color change when the SAFE-T wipe or spray is used."

SAFE-T technology is based on a patented nanotechnology called molecularly imprinted polymers, capable of selectively sensing microscopic amounts of explosives. MIPs are also capable of sensing chemical-biological agents.

Raptor said its product line has been provided to the U.S. Army Armament, Research, Development, and Engineering Command and the U.S. Navy's Explosive Ordnance Division. It is also available to law enforcement and security agencies.

The SAFE-T products can be purchased in different variants, it said, including sprays and wipes.

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