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Smiths Detection Introduces Wearable Chemical Detector

December 21, 2006

The detect-to-warn device alerts first responders of the presence of chemical warfare agents and toxic industrial chemicals.

DANBURY, CT /BUSINESS WIRE/ -- Smiths Detection, a world leading provider of chemical, explosives trace, and X-ray detection systems, introduced its wearable Lightweight Chemical Detector (LCD-FR), to the first responder market. The LCD-FR is designed to be worn by first responders, including law enforcement, as standard equipment that adds a layer of protection against the presence of warfare agents and toxic industrial chemicals through proven ion mobility spectrometry.

"Already employed by armed forces and training facilities around the world, these wearable detect-to-warn devices will bring increased confidence to first responders as part of their daily routine and everyday gear," said Mark Gordon, General Manager and Vice President of Commercial and Non-Federal Government businesses, Smiths Detection. "Originally designed to protect our soldiers meeting military requirements for performance, robustness, and reliability, the LCD-FR adds a new standard of personal protection for front-line first responders."

The LCD-FR has three modes of detect-to-warn: CW for the detection of chemical warfare agents, TIC for the detection of Toxic Industrial Chemicals, and Survey for detection of residual persistent contamination following Decontamination. The device also features a nonradioactive ionization source, along with a user-friendly maintenance pack that is both simple and cost-effective. Unlike most chemical detection equipment, the device does not require users to be HazMat certified, which is especially beneficial to law enforcement, who typically do not have the certification. The LCD-FR is fully supported by Smiths Detection's 24/7 ReachBack Technical Support.

"The LCD-FR packs are capable of detecting substances below immediately dangerous to life or health (IDLH) concentrations," said Damian Tracey, President, Smiths Detection-Military. "This brings real-time detection of nerve, blister, blood, and toxic industrial chemical threats, adding an additional layer of protection in the field and allowing first responders to focus on their primary objectives."

The LCD-FR expands Smiths Detection's product line of portable first responder solutions, including the HazMatID, GasID, and RespondeR RCI. Smiths Detection's first responder solutions provide an unparalleled level of detection and identification of solids, liquids, and gases, including 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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