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Portable explosive detector targeted at US aviation market


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Implant Sciences
: 04 January, 2010  (New Product)
In the wake of the recent attempted bombing of a US bound airliner, Implant Sciences is now targeting the US transportation market with its Quantum Sniffer QS-H150 which is being used successfully in international markets
Implant Sciences, a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security markets, has announced new initiatives to target the US market in aviation security for its products and technologies, based on recent events and the company’s international successes in transportation and aviation security.

In the wake of the attempted terrorist attack on a Detroit-bound Northwest Airlines flight on December 25, the Obama administration has announced the need for a review of air travel security including Explosives detection technologies. Implant Sciences’ Quantum Sniffer QS-H150 Portable Explosives detection system is currently used in transportation and aviation security applications around the world. The QS-H150 can detect a multitude of explosive compounds, including PETN (pentaerythritol tetranitrate), the substance allegedly used in the attempt to bomb Northwest flight # 253 on Christmas Day. Of particular note, the Ministry of Transport of the People's Republic of China and the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) have successfully deployed several hundred of these systems for use at the Beijing Olympics and in airport security, checkpoint and package screening, and Air Marshall applications.

Glenn Bolduc, Company CEO commented, “Our technology is currently being used around the world by screeners and Air Marshals and we are working diligently to protect even more people closer to home.”

Implant Sciences is currently in discussion with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on initiatives to address threats from IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices) utilizing its handheld detection system. In early 2009, the Company submitted its QS-300 system to the TSA for testing by the Transportation Security Laboratory (TSL), in connection with the requirements of the Air Cargo Screening Act of 2007. This law mandates that 100% of air cargo on passenger aircraft be screened by August of 2010. The Company has also been working with one of the largest freight forwarders in the world, and the freight forwarding industry in general, to position its technology for use by the private sector in its efforts to comply with this mandate.

Glenn Bolduc, Implant Science’s CEO concluded, “Our handheld explosive trace detection system provides a necessary and valuable solution to the current threats against the aviation system in the United States. We are working with both the federal and private sector to gain visibility and traction for our technology in the domestic marketplace.”

The QS-H150 offers compelling technical, operational, and competitive advantages. Among the most significant are non-contact sample collection; non-radioactive ionisation; simultaneous detection and identification of explosives particulate and vapour; continuous self-calibration; and ultra-fast clear down (cycle time). The substance library of the QS-H150 is the broadest in the industry and includes not only standard military and commercial explosives, but also homemade explosives (HME) such as those used in the recent attempt. The library is also easily expanded as new threats emerge.

These advantages offer an extremely versatile solution for Transportation Security, and can be rapidly deployed to greatly increase the number of items screened, effectively becoming a force multiplier.
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