Smiths Detection Launches New Portable Identification Technology Targeting Illicit Drugs

  Smiths Detection Launches New Portable Identification Technology Targeting
  Illicit Drugs

Pittcon 2014

Business Wire

EDGEWOOD, Md. -- March 3, 2014

Smiths Detection has introduced an advanced handheld identifier that provides
a quick and accurate field analysis of a wide range of illicit drugs and
controlled substances.

Target-ID™ is the first Fourier-Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy system
developed specifically for field deployed narcotics identification to be
released in 10 language configurations including Spanish, Portuguese and

The easy-to-use device provides a cost-effective tool for police, government
agencies, correctional officers, and other security entities that need to
rapidly assess suspected narcotics. These include opioids, amphetamines,
prescription medications, as well as new synthetic cathinones and
cannabinoids, the so-called designer drugs.

Combining the power, speed, and accuracy of FTIR with a library of up to 2,500
narcotics, precursors, and common cutting compounds, Target-ID returns the
forensic laboratory quality results that the legal system demands in a matter
of seconds without damaging or degrading evidence. Target-ID also allows users
to define their own library matches to help identify trafficking rings and
localized varieties of narcotics.

Shan Hood, Interim Vice President Product & Technology, said: “We have
combined best-in-class FTIR technology with over a decade of narcotics
detection experience to develop Target-ID. It is the latest addition to our
product portfolio that aids in the successful detection and identification of
chemicals, explosives, radiological materials, and contraband. Combined with
Smiths Detection’s renowned product support, Target-ID provides unrivalled
capability for law enforcement and security personnel around the world.”

Target-ID premiers at PITTCON, a global analytical instrumentation forum held
at the McCormick Place, Chicago, IL, March 3-6. For more information about
Target-ID, please visit:

Smiths Detection offers advanced security solutions in civil and military
markets worldwide, developing and manufacturing government-regulated
technology products that help detect and identify explosives, chemical and
biological agents, radiological and nuclear threats, narcotics, weapons and
contraband. It is part of Smiths Group, a global leader in applying
integrated, advanced technologies to markets in threat and contraband
detection, energy, medical devices, communications and engineered components.
Smiths Group employs around 23,000 people in more than 50 countries.

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