Smiths Detection wins $6M order from TSA for explosives detectors

PINE BROOK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--October 21, 2008--Smiths Detection, part of the global technology business Smiths Group, today announces a $6 million order from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for IONSCAN 500DT trace explosives detectors for use at airport checkpoints.

In August 2008, the IONSCAN 500DT was the first dual explosives detector to be placed by the TSA on the Qualified Products List. It can detect trace amounts of explosives from a single sample in seconds using proven Ion Mobility Spectrometry technology.

Mark Laustra, Vice President of Homeland Security for Smiths Detection, said: ?The added sensitivity and accuracy of the IONSCAN 500DT?s dual tubes is unique to the industry and will enable our customers to add the latest advancement in desktop trace detection.?

The desktop device provides a security screening solution appropriate for ports and borders, air cargo screening facilities, public and private buildings, courthouses and correctional facilities.

Smiths Detection has more than 6,000 desktop trace detection systems deployed throughout the world with X-ray and trace detection technology installed at approximately 80 percent of the world?s airports.