World Security Report2019-07-26 13:23:03

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1st Detect Corporation launches the TRACER 1000, the world’s first European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) certified desktop mass spectrometer explosives trace detector

 

1st Detect Corporation has announced that it is officially launching the TRACER 1000, the world’s first European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) certified desktop mass spectrometer explosives trace detector (MS-ETD), enabling airports and air cargo facilities worldwide to stay ahead of emerging threats, lower operating costs, and improve screening throughput.

Over a decade ago, the National Research Council’s Committee on Assessment of Security Technologies for Transportation identified mass spectrometry as the solution for the shortcomings of ion mobility spectrometry ETDs (IMS-ETD), which is the currently deployed technology. The shortcomings identified included a limited number of detectable threats and a high false alarm rate. The Committee also recognized that cost, complexity, and ruggedness would be the challenges of fielding mass spectrometry-based instruments.

In addition to their extremely limited libraries, IMS technology is known to suffer from false alarms because common household products can be confused with dangerous explosives. This commonly results in passenger delays, unnecessary screening costs, and decreased confidence in ETDs.

The TRACER 1000 is an ETD that has been engineered to meet the needs of the next generation passenger and cargo security checkpoints and replace the antiquated IMS-ETDs that are currently in service with a lower cost of ownership. As terrorists continue to find new ways to threaten global aviation security, the TRACER 1000, with its virtually unlimited and instantly updatable threat library, enables aviation security operators to always stay ahead of the threats. With a lower false alarm rate than the outdated IMS-ETDs, and near-100% uptime, the TRACER 1000 ETD is the logical solution for any passenger checkpoint or cargo facility going forward.

“The aviation security industry has been wanting MS-ETDs for a long time and we are excited to announce the launch of the Tracer 1000 as a true mass-spec technology breakthrough,” stated Raj Mellacheruvu, CEO of 1st Detect. “The fundamental virtues of mass spectrometry technology enables us to deliver a product with compelling benefits to checkpoint security operators, including the capability to quickly address a virtually unlimited number of emerging threats, improve screening efficiency, and lower operating costs,” he added.

The Tracer 1000 garnered considerable interest following the recent announcement of receiving ECAC certification and has been invited to participate in a number of field trials, all of which have met or exceeded customer expectations, further validating its superiority over the obsolete IMS technology.

“We were excited to be the first international airport to do an operational trial with an ECAC certified mass spectrometry ETD. Overall, we found the system to be very easy to use with 100% uptime. We noticed that the cleardown of an alarm is quicker with the TRACER. The low false alarm rate and throughput will help keep on-time departures and avoid security delays. The Tracer 1000 also allows us to be prepared for the future as new threats emerge,” said Tuomo Kivikari, Vice President/Senior Adviser Risk Manager, Finavia Corporation, operator of Finland’s airport network.

Source: 1st Detect Corporation

 


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