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ICx Develops Device To Detect Liquid Explosives

Thu Aug 17, 2006 12:07 am

Press Release: ICx Technologies

West Lafayette Company Develops Device to Detect Liquid Explosives

Press Release

West Lafayette, Ind. - August 16, 2006 - ICx Technologies, a developer of advanced security products that counter terror-related threats, today announced that recent test results confirm that instrumentation developed by Griffin Analytical Technologies, a business unit of ICx, is capable of detecting a variety of serious chemicals and explosives. Some of these terror threats, including the improvised explosive triacetone triperoxide (TATP), trinitrotoluene (TNT), RDX, nitroglycerin, and others, were allegedly planned for use in the recent terrorist plot in the United Kingdom.

Griffin's recent advancements in the detection of peroxides such as TATP, other easily manufactured explosives, chemical warfare agents, and toxic industrial chemicals bring the company one step closer to providing a solution for new terror threats.

Since inception, Griffin has been working with domestic and international government agencies to logistically deploy its next generation detection technology, which is the only portable mass spectrometer system of its kind capable of performing multidimensional analysis, or MS/MS. Mass spectrometry is routinely used in a laboratory environment and is considered the gold standard for analysis. Griffin's MS/MS platform has the potential to be significantly more selective than currently deployed detectors.

This additional level of analysis is critical as terrorists use new agents, especially those that are easy to make and difficult to detect. TATP, as one example, is created by mixing common household agents. Mass spectrometry has the capability to detect both target explosives and precursors.

Griffin is expanding its capability to introduce a diverse array of chemical samples into the device in real-time, including liquids as well as gases.

During last week's announcement of the terrorist plot to use liquid explosives, Griffin was meeting with a collaborator in the UK that is focused on developing new techniques to respond to terrorist acts.

"This incident proves we need to have adaptable sensors that can quickly respond to newly identified terrorist threats," said Garth Patterson, Griffin's vice president of research and development, who visited partners in the UK last week. "Terrorism is unpredictable, so the technologies we deploy also must be capable of adapting to unknown threats. ICx is well positioned to address today's threats as well as emerging threats."

Griffin is focusing on a number of sampling systems to expand its capabilities to respond to new threats. The more sophisticated Griffin's technology becomes through continued research and development, the more equipped its users will be to respond to the changing nature of terrorism.

About ICx Technologies

ICx develops and manufactures advanced technologies for homeland and military security. Our sensors detect and identify chemical, biological, radiological and explosive materials. Our surveillance products discern people and objects invisible to human senses and conventional cameras. Our software and systems connect, command, and control security devices. ICx has manufacturing and research facilities in the United States, Canada and Europe.


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