Explosives detector gains TSA approval

Jan. 29, 2014 at 1:42 PM

EDGEWOOD, Md., Jan. 29 (UPI) -- An explosive trace detector from Smiths Detection meets new Transportation Security Administration guidelines and is on TSA's approved equipment list.

The company's IONSCAN 500DT is for screening cargo, packages or baggage. It uses Ion Mobility Spectroscopy to perform material analysis in seconds.

TSA equipment procurement guidelines that took effect at the beginning of this year require that "when procuring equipment from the ACSTL (TSA's Air Cargo Screening Technology Lists), regulated parties are encouraged to select equipment from the qualified technology section."

Smiths detection said its IONSCAN 500DT meets the administration's qualified standards and that earlier model IONSCAN 500DT systems in use can be upgraded to maintain TSA qualification.

"The IONSCAN 500DT is one of the most widely deployed trace detection solutions at airports around the world because it is highly effective and easy to use," said Lance Roncalli, U.S. managing director for Smiths Detection. "By providing easily installed upgrades, Smiths Detection ensures this technology will continue to help protect travelers around the world for years to come."

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