Morpho supports European Commission counter terrorism trial

PARIS – April 23, 2014 – Morpho (Safran), through its subsidiary Morpho Detection, today announced it provided advanced detection solutions and training as part of a European Commission Counter Terrorism Unit security trial in Brussels.

Coinciding with U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit in March and the EU-Africa Summit in April, the European Commission and Belgian Police deployed Morpho Detection’s MobileTrace and Itemiserexplosives trace detectors (ETD) and StreetLab Mobile chemical identification unit. Stationed at Brussels’ transportation centers and European Council headquarters, the trial was designed to identify best practices and guidelines for the use of mobile explosives and chemical detection systems in public locations and at events throughout the EU.

“Morpho Detection was honored to assist the European Commission and Belgian authorities in securing these important events,” said Cyril Dujardin, president and CEO, Morpho Detection International. “Developing the most accurate, user-friendly systems to detect and identify threats is central to Morpho’s mission. We look forward to continuing our work with the European Commission and global law enforcement agencies to develop security technology for protecting people and property.”

Part of a larger effort to enhance public safety through the use of detection systems, this trial built on the success of a similar collaboration between Morpho and the European Commission during the EURO 2012 Football Tournament in Poland.

“Our work with Morpho during this trial was a success and complimented the information we gained during our work together at the EURO Football Tournament,” said Rad Olszewski, administrator, Counter Terrorism Unit, European Commission. “Having the ability to quickly and accurately detect explosives and other threats is an important deterrent. The systems performed well and met our high standards for accuracy and efficiency.”

Building on the field-proven explosives and narcotics detection capabilities of the handheld MobileTrace, the ruggedized Hardened MobileTrace provides expanded capabilities for detecting chemical warfare agents and toxic industrial chemicals. A lightweight, portable desktop system, Itemiser 3 Enhanced can detect residue from narcotics and explosives on skin, clothing, parcels, bags, vehicles and other surfaces. Built to quickly and accurately identify chemical threats in the field, StreetLab Mobile utilizes Raman Spectroscopy technology to reliably identify liquids, powders, and solids in a single step without sample consumption.

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