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TSA Trials MobileTrace In New Orleans


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Morpho Detection
: 16 September, 2010  (Application Story)
Mobile narcotics and explosive trace detection trial underway in New Orleans by the TSA using equipment from Morpho Detection
Morpho Detection has provided MobileTrace and Hardened MobileTrace systems in support of a recent Transportation Security Administration (TSA) pilot program that tested the application of mobile advanced Explosives detection technology solutions. The field pilot took place at surface transportation sites in and around New Orleans, including a major interstate bus station, as well as ferry and cruise ship terminals at the Port of New Orleans.

The MobileTrace devices were selected for this pilot program because of their portability, ruggedness and track record of success in extreme environmental conditions. Proven with deployed military units and at border crossings, airports and other critical security checkpoints around the world, MobileTrace is a product designed to meet the unique and demanding requirements of detection teams in the field. Designed to be lightweight yet durable, and with batteries that can last up to eight hours, MobileTrace handhelds provide threat detection results in about eight seconds.

“Morpho Detection is pleased to support TSA with our highly portable MobileTrace systems,” said Dennis Cooke, president and CEO, Morpho Detection. “MobileTrace, already proven in a variety of challenging field environments, is well suited to helping protect a range of transit venues. The versatility, rapid analysis time and portability of MobileTrace all combine to make it a potentially important resource for protecting our nation’s ports, borders and transportation systems.”

MobileTrace devices screen for threats in two ways. They detect the presence of residual materials on samples taken by swiping test swabs on items such as baggage, tickets, clothing and skin. The devices also draw in vapour samples to detect airborne threats. MobileTrace is the first simultaneous dual-mode handheld detector and expands the range of target explosives that can be identified in a single sample for faster, more comprehensive security screening.

MobileTrace units were deployed in support of TSA field teams participating in the pilot program from Aug. 3 through Aug. 11.

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