Smiths Detection Launches Hand-Held Vapor Detector for Chemicals Commonly Used in Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)

Pine Brook, NJ – Smiths Detection, part of the global technology business Smiths Group, today announces the launch of a hand-held vapor detector for volatile chemicals commonly used in home-made bombs. The SABRE EXV, using Smiths Detection’s proven Ion Mobility Spectrometry (IMS) technology, is a light-weight portable device that can detect andentify explosive substances,  including peroxide-based chemicals, in as little as 10 seconds.   Stephen Phipson, Group Managing Director of Smiths Detection, said: “The SABRE EXV will fill a gap in detecting Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) for the military and airline industries in particular. Its development demonstrates Smiths Detection’s commitment both to partnering with our customers and to R&D on products that fill an immediate, critical need.”   Peroxide-based chemicals found in common household products have been used as the basic ingredients of many IEDs which are relatively easy to make and difficult to detect. They have been used in a number of high-profile terror plots in recent years and the SABRE EXV has been developed specifically to combat those threats.   Mark Laustra, Vice President of Homeland Security for Smiths Detection, said: “Peroxide-based explosives continue to be a major challenge to security officials and a serious threat to the traveling public. The SABRE EXV will provide aviation security officials and the military a reliable, light-weight detector that can detect these unstable chemicals, which pose a threat when assembled as part of a bomb or while being transported.”   About Smiths Detection Smiths Detection is part of the global technology business Smiths Group. It offers advanced integrated security solutions for customers in civil and military markets worldwide and is a leading technology developer and manufacturer of sensors that detect andentify explosives, chemical and biological agents, weapons, and contraband. Its advanced technology security solutions also include Smiths Heimann x-ray imaging systems, millimeter-wave technology and a specialist software supply business for the management of large sensor and video surveillance networks. Separate business units focus on related products for the life sciences, and food manufacturing industries. For more information visit www.smithsdetection.com   About Smiths Group Smiths is a global technology company listed on the London Stock Exchange. A world leader in the practical application of advanced technologies, Smiths Group delivers products and services for the threat & contraband detection, medical devices, energy and communications markets worldwide. Our products and services make the world safer, healthier and more productive. Smiths Group employs more than 20,000 people in over 50 countries. For more information visit www.smiths.com   For more information, contact: Susan Cooper-Curcio, Smiths Detection Phone: (973) 830-2131 Email: susan.cooper@smithsdetection.com David Olsen, Coltrin & Associates for Smiths Detection Phone: (212) 221-1616 ext. 118   Email: David_olsen@coltrin.com