Smiths Detection's Sabre 4000 Awarded as a 'Product of the Year'

Smiths Detection, a provider of trace detection and x-ray security screening equipment, announced that its Sabre 4000, a next-generation handheld detector, has been awarded the '2005 Product of the Year Award' in the Chemical Detection market by Frost & Sullivan. The Sabre 4000 can identify more than 40 different threats from explosives, chemical warfare agents (CWAs), toxic industrial chemicals (TICs), and narcotics in less than 10 seconds.

"Smiths pioneered the development of the Sabre 4000 to bring the real-world laboratory to the field by providing accuracy and near-immediate results. Its innovative technology can detect a range of harmful elements, which extends its applications in many key sectors," said Bret Bader, Vice President Smiths Detection, North America. "It is our highest priority to develop tools and technologies to safeguard our communities."

Ion Mobility Spectrometry (IMS), which analyzes microscopic traces of particles is the core technology utilized by the Sabre 4000. IMS can specifically identify a substance and immediately alarm the operator, which is vital to first responders, law enforcement agents and the military. The portability, versatility and sensitivity of the Sabre 4000 will enable security professionals to more easily screen people and cargo and secure facility access points. This tool is also used by law enforcement and corrections personnel in the war against drugs

Frost & Sullivan presented the 2005 Chemical Detection Product of the Year Award to Smiths Detection at the third annual Excellence in Industrial Technologies Banquet in Naples, Fla.