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Smiths Detection Introduces Multi-Sensor Chemical Identifier

June 11, 2007

The handheld hazardous gas and vapor detection unit uses advanced software to provide first responders with enhanced accuracy.


DANBURY, CT /BUSINESS WIRE/ -- Smiths Detection, part of the global technology business Smiths Group, announced the launch of the multi-sensor handheld Hazardous Gas and Vapor Identifier (HGVI) for the first responder market in the U.S. In addition to its multiple sensors, the HGVI uses Smiths Detection's unique H-Fusion (Hazard-Fusion) decision enhancement software that will "revolutionize" how accurately and quickly first responders can identify unknown toxic industrial chemicals, chemical warfare agents, and gamma radiation.

"The HGVI combines cutting-edge engineering with trusted technology to fill the gap in first-response chemical-threat assessment," said Stephen Phipson, Group Managing Director, Smiths Detection. "First responders know and trust Smiths Detection. We're committed to continuing to work closely with first responders, providing them with solutions needed for their comprehensive threat assessment."

Designed by Smiths Detection in conjunction with first response teams, the HGVI's multi-sensor technology reduces false positives and improves analytical accuracy by looking at a chemical with a versatile sensor technology. H-Fusion software integrated into the HGVI translates the data into one reliable result, thereby increasing the confidence a first responder gains from the chemical identification.

The HGVI's multiple sensors are built on ion mobility spectrometry, photoionization detection, and Taguchi gas sensors.

"The purpose behind multi-sensors is to leverage the benefits of versatile detection sensors in order to look at an unknown substance from a number of different ways," said Mark Gordon, General Manager and Vice President of Commercial and Nonfederal Government business. "H-Fusion, the brain driving the HGVI, is critical in aiding first responders in making informed, conversant decisions while mitigating an incident by providing them with the most likely identification. This advanced software, combined with multisensor technology, makes the HGVI the most reliable, handheld gas and vapor identification method available in the field".

Smiths Detection's First Responder Tools
The HGVI expands Smiths Detection's product line of portable first responder solutions. including the HazMatID, GasID, LCD-FR, and RespondeR RCI. Smiths Detection's first responder solutions provide an unparalleled level of detection, which includes toxic industrial chemicals, suspicious white powders, illicit drugs, nerve and blister agents, weapons of mass destruction, volatile organic compounds, chemical warfare agents, explosives, pesticides, and flammables and nonflammables.

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 and identify 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 the company's Web site.


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