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Homeland Security order for handheld explosive detector

Implant Sciences : 08 October, 2008  (Application Story)
Portable technology for the trace explosives detection to be supplied to the Department of Homeland Security under thirteen month contract
Implant Sciences announced the award of a thirteen month, $750,000 Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Science & Technology Directorate in Washington, DC for the delivery of a handheld trace explosives sampler. Development of the Company's Handheld Sampler technology began earlier this year with the assistance of a previously funded Phase I SBIR contract. The Phase II contract calls for the Company to incorporate this technology into a prototype to be delivered to DHS.

The Company plans to use its proprietary vortex collection technology in this Handheld Sampler to augment the process of collecting samples used in detecting and identifying a range of explosives materials. The contract will be administered by the Department of Interior (DOI) Acquisition Services Directorate, National Business Centre.

Phillip Thomas, President and CEO of Implant Sciences, stated, "We are pleased to continue working in partnership with the DOI and DHS in advancing our Handheld Sampler technology. This effort is expected to culminate with the introduction of a new innovative explosives detection product for the security marketplace. We believe the use of a compact, lightweight handheld sampler, incorporating our proprietary vortex collection technology, could significantly improve explosives detection capabilities while also being very user friendly. This non-contact method could prove to be much more effective than traditional contact sample collection, and at a much lower cost to users. This improved sampling process has applicability for use in detecting trace amounts of explosives found on a wide range of objects such as carry-on luggage, parcels, packages and cargo. In addition, multiple handheld sampling units could be systematically deployed in concert with a centralized trace explosives detection system to improve efficiency and increase the volume of articles screened. We think this product could usher in a new way of thinking about how cargo and other items can be properly examined in a cost effective and user friendly manner. It is with this objective in mind that we anticipate the introduction of our first air cargo screening system, which will utilize our Handheld Sampler technology, at the AVSEC 2008 exhibition in Seoul, South Korea later this year."
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