Smiths Detection Provides Handheld Explosives Detectors to Protect Pittsburgh Marathon

  Smiths Detection Provides Handheld Explosives Detectors to Protect
  Pittsburgh Marathon

  SABRE 5000 Units Added Critical Portable Element to Layered Event Security

Business Wire

EDGEWOOD, Md. -- June 18, 2013

Smiths Detection has supplied the Pittsburgh UASI Urban Area Working Group
with 15 SABRE 5000 handheld trace detectors, first used to help protect
attendees and participants at the Pittsburgh Marathon on 5 May, 2013.

The SABRE 5000 is the smallest, lightest tri-mode handheld system available
for detecting trace amounts of explosives, chemical warfare agents, toxic
industrial chemicals or narcotics. Its miniaturized detection technology is
programmed to detect and identify over 40 threat substances in about 20
seconds, including common chemicals often used in Improvised Explosive Devices
and Home-Made Explosives.

Raymond DeMichiei, Deputy Director for Emergency Management and Homeland
Security for Pittsburgh, procured the devices using Federal UASI funding to
improve security for the Pittsburgh Marathon, as a response to the Boston
Marathon bombing. “The ability of the SABRE 5000 to detect explosive agents
was critical to the layered defense we put into place post Boston, and it will
be a permanent part of our security protocols moving forward throughout our
Urban Area.”

James Viscardi, Smiths Detection’s Vice President, U.S. Critical
Infrastructure & Emergency Response, said: “The SABRE 5000 is one of our
leading solutions that provides a critical layer of security at major events.
It can help security authorities identify even trace elements of explosives on
suspicious persons or packages in just seconds, helping to enhance event

The SABRE system is already widely used to help protect the world’s critical
infrastructures, ports and borders, transportation systems and military bases
and now is increasingly offered by Smiths Detection for event security.

For SABRE 5000 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.


Blueprint Communications
Chad Kolton, 571-414-0730
Smiths Detection
Dana Knox-Gower
Director of Communications & Marketing for the Americas
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