Major U.S. Emergency Response Team Boosts Capabilities with HazMatID Elite Chemical Identifier

  Major U.S. Emergency Response Team Boosts Capabilities with HazMatID Elite
  Chemical Identifier

    Handheld system quickly identifies unknown substances, supports better
                         informed response decisions

Business Wire

DANBURY, Conn. -- February 12, 2013

One of the largest state law enforcement agencies in the U.S. has bought the
first of Smiths Detection’s new HazMatID Elite units, a handheld device that
detects and identifies explosives, chemical warfare agents, toxic industrials
and narcotics.

The Elite, which provides emergency response teams with on-scene capability to
quickly identify unknown substances, was bought by the New Jersey State
Police. It is the next generation of Smiths Detection’s HazMatID, the most
widely used field-portable Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FT-IR)
solid and liquid identifier.

Ten times smaller and four times lighter than the original, Elite uses
innovative sampling techniques for reliable determination of suspicious
powders plus direct surface contaminant analysis and robotics integration. It
is the only system of its kind certified to the strictest military standard
for use in the most extreme climates.

James Viscardi, Vice President for U.S. Critical Infrastructure and Emergency
Response, Smiths Detection, said: “Smiths Detection designed HazMatID Elite
specifically to help emergency responders like the New Jersey State Police
protect lives and secure assets from a broad range of evolving threats. It
provides easy-to-use chemical analysis tools that can be relied on to inform
response decisions. Our technology is backed by a commitment to training and
service that has made Smiths Detection the world’s leading provider of
advanced technologies to identify constantly evolving CBRNE threats and

HazMatID Elite’s enhanced functionality includes an intuitive interface and
self-guided software as well as encrypted wireless communications that
supports mobile response operations. Personnel can train to use the system in
under an hour, far less time and resources than required for comparable

For HazMatID Elite technical specifications, please visit:

Smiths Detection designs and makes advanced solutions to detect and identify
threats including explosives, chemical agents, biohazards, nuclear, radiation,
narcotics, weapons and contraband. A market leader worldwide in providing
layered security technologies, Smiths Detection has major plants in three U.S.
states. It partners federal and state government agencies and first responders
to strengthen homeland security and safeguard the military. Major customers
include the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Homeland Security
(DHS). It is part of Smiths Group, a global leader in the practical
application of advanced technologies. Smiths Group employs around 23,000
people, including more than 9,000 in the U.S. where it operates around 100
sites in 40 states.


Smiths Detection
Dana Knox-Gower, 203-207-9726
Director of Communications and Marketing for the Americas
Chad Kolton, 202-789-4365
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