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Smiths Detection to Supply AMTRAK with Detection Systems

February 21, 2008

Sophisticated SABRE 4000s to enable AMTRAK to rapidly and nonintrusively screen both passengers and carry-on baggage for explosives at train stations and on trains.


PINE BROOK, NJ--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Smiths Detection, part of the global technology business Smiths Group, announces AMTRAK has purchased SABRE 4000 advanced detection systems, to enable rapid and nonintrusive screening of passengers, trains and train stations for explosives. The versatile SABRE 4000 hand-held detection system is capable of quickly detecting and identifying explosives and also narcotics, chemical warfare agents and toxic industrial chemicals. AMTRAK's purchase and deployment will only utilize the explosives detection capabilities.

The SABRE 4000 explosive trace detection system is ideally suited to nonintrusive, random screening of passengers and their belongings. The system's ability to detect explosives in 10 seconds with a complete analysis in 20 seconds enables the screening process to be complete in a minute. In addition, with the dual sample collection capability, the system can be used to collect and review both swabs and vapor samples.

Stephen Phipson, Group Managing Director of Smiths Detection, said: "We are pleased to provide AMTRAK with an explosives detection solution that has a proven track record, which immediately adds a sophisticated and portable layer of security to help keep passengers and busy commuter areas safer."

Cherif Rizkalla, President, Smiths Detection, Americas, said: "The SABRE 4000s versatility, light weight and accuracy will enable AMTRAK officials to screen passengers both rapidly and non-intrusively. This advanced detection system will enable AMTRAK officials to screen efficiently for explosives in any area of concern, including high-traffic environments such as the terminals and trains themselves."

Key SABRE 4000 Features

  • Handheld detector uses proven ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) technology
  • Rapid detection: 10 seconds (Complete analysis in 20 seconds)
  • Only portable trace detector that can detect all of the following threats:
    • Explosives
    • Chemical warfare agents (CWAs)
    • Toxic industrial chemicals (TICs)
    • Narcotics
  • Capable of analyzing either trace particle or vapor samples,
  • Allows the operator to apply the ideal sampling technique for the substance suspected.
  • No sample preparation is required by the operator
  • 4 hour battery life

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.

About Smiths Group
Smiths is a global technology company listed on the London Stock Exchange. A world leader in the practical application of advanced technologies, Smiths Group delivers products and services for the threat & contraband detection, medical devices, energy and communications markets worldwide. Our products and services make the world safer, healthier and more productive. Smiths Group employs more than 20,000 people in over 50 countries.


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