Smiths Detection2008-02-20 14:09:53

Smiths Detection to supply AMTRAK with advanced portable explosives detection systems

Sophisticated SABRE 4000s to Enable AMTRAK to Screen Passengers, Carry-on Baggage at Train Stations and on Trains for Explosives, Rapidly and Non-Intrusively

Smiths Detection, part of the global technology business Smiths Group, today announces AMTRAK has purchased SABRE 4000 advanced detection systems, to enable rapid and non-intrusive screening of passengers, trains and train stations for explosives. The versatile SABRE 4000 hand-held detection system is capable of quickly detecting and identifying explosives and also narcotics, chemical warfare agents and toxic industrial chemicals. AMTRAK's purchase and deployment will only utilize the explosives detection capabilities.

The SABRE 4000 explosive trace detection system is ideally suited to non-intrusive, random screening of passengers and their belongings. The system's ability to detect explosives in 10 seconds with a complete analysis in 20 seconds enables the screening process to be complete in a minute. In addition, with the dual sample collection capability, the system can be used to collect and review both swabs and vapor samples.

Stephen Phipson, Group Managing Director of Smiths Detection, said: "We are pleased to provide AMTRAK with an explosives detection solution that has a proven track record, which immediately adds a sophisticated and portable layer of security to help keep passengers and busy commuter areas safer."

Cherif Rizkalla, President, Smiths Detection, Americas, said: "The SABRE 4000s versatility, light weight and accuracy will enable AMTRAK officials to screen passengers both rapidly and non-intrusively. This advanced detection system will enable AMTRAK officials to screen efficiently for explosives in any area of concern, including high-traffic environments such as the terminals and trains themselves.�

Key SABRE 4000 Features

* Handheld detector uses proven Ion Mobility Spectrometry (IMS) technology
* Rapid detection - 10 seconds (Complete analysis in 20 seconds)
* Only portable trace detector that can detect all of the following threats:
Explosives
Chemical warfare agents (CWAs)
Toxic industrial chemicals (TICs)
Narcotics
* Capable of analyzing either trace particle or vapor samples
* Allows the operator to apply the ideal sampling technique for the substance suspected
* No sample preparation is required by the operator
* 4 hour battery life

For more information contact:
64 Clarendon Road
Watford
Hertfordshire
WD17 1DW
United Kingdom
Tel:     +44 1923 696555
Fax:     +44 1923 696559



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