Pine Brook, New Jersey, 8 November 2005 – Smiths Detection today announced the acquisition of LiveWave, a U.S. company that has developed software systems which network large numbers of sensors and video cameras with connections to remote viewing and recording stations. The addition of LiveWave's technologies enhances Smiths Detection’s ability to fulfil a growing requirement for integrated packages of detection sensors and control systems, managed as a total security solution.In addition, LiveWave specializes in digitally enabling CCTV systems for enterprise-wide network distribution, which is considered a core technology for an increasing number of security applications, notably in the mass transit and event security markets. Building on Smiths Detection’s and LiveWave’scomplementary product ranges, considerable growth is expected for Smiths Detection in these markets.“This acquisition further enhances the Smiths Detection offering to the security market. From X-ray imaging to chemical, biological and explosive detectors, and networked CCTV, Smiths Detection is better enabled to offer sensor solutions in a single system, with central command and control capability,” said Bret Bader, Vice President and General Manager, Smiths Detection the Americas.LiveWave has deployed numerous physical security solutions for early warning, detection and response, public safety, port and refinery security and operational safety with the following U.S. government organizations: Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and several major transit systems including the Massachusetts BayTransportation Authority (MBTA) and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit  Authority (WMATA). For WMATA, it is the incumbent digital video security vendor for 'PROTECT', a system combining video and chemical agent sensors that provides early warning systems, facility management and incident protocolson the DC Metro Subway System.“LiveWave is proud to be a part of Smiths Detection, the world’s leading provider of sensors for mission critical security applications,” said Peter Mottur, President of LiveWave, Inc. “Together, Smiths Detection andLiveWave can provide broader integrated security solutions to its growing list of government and commercial customers." About LiveWave

LiveWave is a privately owned company based in Rhode Island with 11 employees. LiveWave products and services are available from the General Services Administration's (GSA) Federal Supply Service under Schedule 70: General Purpose Commercial Information Technology Equipment, Software and Services.GSA Contract #GS-35F-0493N. Jefferies & Company, Inc. advised LiveWave in this transaction. The cost of the acquisition was $18 million. For more information visit: www.smithsdetection-livewave.com.About Smiths Detection

Smiths Detection is one of four operating divisions of Smiths Group plc. Smiths Detection offers technologically advanced security solutions to detect andentify explosives, chemical and biological agents, weapons and contraband. Employing trace detection technology together with Smiths Heimann X-ray imaging, Smiths Detection provides screening solutions for customers in civil and military markets worldwide. For more information visit: www.smithsdetection.com.Media Contacts:Sarah D’SouzaColtrin & Associates212-221-1616 ext. 102Sarah_D’Souza@coltrin.com Susan CooperSmiths Detection973-830-2131Susan.Cooper@smithsdetection.com Peter MotturSmiths Detection – LiveWave401-848-7678pmottur@livewave.com