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Biological threat specialist joins Smiths Detection

Smiths Detection : 14 August, 2008  (Company News)
National Lab scientist becomes Chief Scientist at Smiths Detection to work on critical infrastructure security project
Smiths Detection has announces the appointment of Dr Anthony Policastro as Chief Scientist of its PROTECT Solutions team. Since 1997, Dr Policastro has worked on critical infrastructure security and protection for transportation systems as director of the Program for Response Options and Technology Enhancements for Chemical/ Biological Terrorism (PROTECT) with the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory.

PROTECT was developed by Argonne initially as a response to the 1995 Sarin gas attacks in the Tokyo subway. Today, PROTECT is the leading early warning crisis management solution for chemical attacks in high-threat infrastructures such as subways, transportation terminals, buildings and airports. It has received funding grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to create and advance the critical infrastructure solution and Smiths Detection has worked closely with Argonne on this program since 2002.

Cherif Rizkalla, President of Smiths Detection, Americas, said: “We are delighted to have Dr Policastro, with his vast experience, join our team as he adds a wealth of knowledge and senior-level expertise. As the founder of PROTECT, Dr Policastro will help Smiths Detection expand our unique security and sensor management platform. He will also be instrumental in our efforts to fully leverage our commercial license of the world’s largest commercially deployed early warning detection and response solution for mass transit applications.”

PROTECT was designed to save lives in the event of terrorist attacks and has been in operation for over three years in Washington DC, New York City, and Boston and is being installed in other major US cities. Recently, the Argonne technology was licensed exclusively to Smiths Detection which is now expanding the PROTECT platform to include biological, radiological and explosives detection capabilities.

Smiths Detection’s PROTECT Solutions provides:.

* Command, Control & Communications (C3) software integrating CBRNE detectors.
* Digital Video cameras for verification of detector activations.
* Real-time modelling of hazard zones in the facility and outside.
* Firemen jacks for outside responders to view the threats before they enter the facility.
* Concept of Operations (ConOps) plans and training programs.

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