Smiths Detection wins Homeland Security award

Nov. 14, 2010
Danbury, CT-- Smiths Detection has received a Homeland Security Award from Government Security News (GSN) for its HazMatID 360 portable FT-IR chemical identifier. 

Danbury, CT -- Smiths Detection has received a Homeland Security Award from Government Security News (GSN) in Washington, DC. The company's HazMatID 360 portable FT-IR chemical identifier is an upgrade to its successful HazMatID unknown substance identifier and was selected as the Best Chemical/Biological Detection Solution of 2010.

The award recognizes the outstanding people and companies who have introduced effective and cost-efficient security programs and innovative technologies that protect and defend the United States and its people. It is awarded by GSN, one of the leading news organizations focusing on government and homeland security.

The company said there are thousands of original HazMatID systems in use across the world already, and the HazMatID 360 upgrade allows users to enhance the device's capabilities without having to purchase a whole new system. Users can also leverage the technology they already have without needing extensive training to operate a new device.

Bob Bohn, Vice President Sales, Smiths Detection, said: "It is an honor to be recognized by GSN for our continuing commitment to making the world a safer place through technology. Our HazMatID 360 offers the best option for unknown chemical identification available to emergency response teams, security professionals and militaries around the world. It not only makes their jobs easier with more capabilities, but it is also a cost-effective way of keeping up with the most advanced technology."

The HazMatID 360 is a portable, ruggedized device that provides comprehensive in-field analysis and identification of unknown solids, gels and liquids, and enables responders to quickly identify potential chemical threats to make decisive decisions in response.

For more information visit Smiths Detection online.

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Stephen G. Anderson | Director, Industry Development - SPIE

 Stephen Anderson is a photonics industry expert with an international background and has been actively involved with lasers and photonics for more than 30 years. As Director, Industry Development at SPIE – The international society for optics and photonics – he is responsible for tracking the photonics industry markets and technology to help define long-term strategy, while also facilitating development of SPIE’s industry activities. Before joining SPIE, Anderson was Associate Publisher and Editor in Chief of Laser Focus World and chaired the Lasers & Photonics Marketplace Seminar. Anderson also co-founded the BioOptics World brand. Anderson holds a chemistry degree from the University of York and an Executive MBA from Golden Gate University.    

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