Advanced Technologies for the Detection of Safety and Security Threats

Lab proven technologies applied to threat detection in the field

From routine security monitoring and surveillance to emergency response situations, we’ve applied advanced technology to help safety and security professionals detect and mitigate hazardous materials.  These technologies enhance the ability to quickly and accurately detect and identify chemicals, narcotics, explosives, and radiological threats to keep first responders and the public safe.


FTIR spectroscopy

Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy is a form of vibrational spectroscopy that provides excellent selectivity for material identification in applications such as hazmat, unknown chemical identification, and explosives precursor identification.

 

In FTIR spectroscopy, the unknown substance is illuminated with a broad-spectrum of infrared light. Light is absorbed in varying amounts by the sample at particular frequencies that correspond to the bonds of the molecules in the sample. Since the bonds for every molecule are different, a spectral "fingerprint" can be generated by recording the absorbance of light as a function of wavelength, thus the unknown material can be accurately identified.

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Thermo Scientific Gemini Analyzer with LowDoseID
The Thermo Scientific Gemini Analyzer with LowDoseID

The Thermo Scientific Gemini Analyzer with LowDoseID integrates both FTIR and Raman spectroscopies in a rugged, lightweight, handheld solution. Available with the HazMasterG3™ decision support system from Alluviam LLC, Gemini gives military personnel, bomb technicians, hazmat teams, and first responders a significant tactical advantage, helping them minimize time on target and confidently make life-saving decisions.

Thermo Scientific TruDefender FTX/ Handheld FTIR analyzer for Chemical Identification
Thermo Scientific TruDefender FTX Handheld FTIR Analyzer

Thermo Scientific TruDefender FTX handheld FTIR for chemical identification harnesses the power of FTIR spectroscopy to provide fast, actionable data to mitigate potential threats and protect hazmat teams and the community. TruDefender FTX Handheld FTIR analyzers have a self-contained anvil sampling head for easy sampling of solid and liquid chemicals in the field.


Raman spectroscopy

Raman spectroscopy is a molecular analysis technique that uses visible wavelengths (shorter than infrared) to enable users to safely analyze explosive materials through sealed translucent containers, in their native form as found in the field, without disturbing the sample and without sample preparation. 

 

Chemical identification analyzers using Raman can recognize thousands of potential explosives including: TATP (triacetone triperoxide), ammonium nitrate, TNT (trinitrotoluene), RDX (cyclonite) and HMTD (hexamethylene triperoxidediamine). Additionally, these instruments are capable of identifying explosive precursors in liquid mixtures including hydrogen peroxide, fuel oil, acetone, sulfuric acid, and more.

Raman spectroscopy wavelength concept

To aid in identification, the device collects the molecular fingerprint of an unknown sample, and then compares the substance against the onboard chemical library, typically providing results in a matter of seconds.

Thermo Scientific Gemini Analyzer with LowDoseID
Thermo Scientific Gemini Analyzer with LowDoseID

The Thermo Scientific Gemini Analyzer with LowDoseID integrates both FTIR and Raman spectroscopies in a rugged, lightweight, handheld solution. Available with the HazMasterG3™ decision support system from Alluviam LLC, Gemini gives military personnel, bomb technicians, hazmat teams and first responders significant tactical advantage, helping them minimize time on target and confidently make life-saving decisions.

Thermo Scientific 1064Defender Raman Analyzer
Thermo Scientific 1064Defender Raman Analyzer

The Thermo Scientific 1064Defender Raman Analyzer performs touchless, point and shoot scanning for narcotics identification and chemical identification. The instrument offers user configurable scan profiles and libraries for confident and efficient decision making.  The Screener mode takes the guess work out of identifying substances by delivering results as either an alarm, warning, or clear to ensure users know what actions to take.

Thermo Scientific FirstDefender RM Chemical Identification System
Thermo Scientific FirstDefender RM Chemical Identification System

The Thermo Scientific FirstDefender RM Chemical Identification System enables hazmat, law enforcement, military, and other first responders to obtain accurate identification of chemicals, explosives and hazardous materials in seconds, even through sealed translucent containers. The FirstDefender RM handheld analyzer includes a large, vivid display for ease of use in bulky protective gear and can be easily transported into a hazard zone.

Thermo Scientific TruNarc Handheld Narcotics Analyzer
Thermo Scientific TruNarc Handheld Narcotics Analyzer

The Thermo Scientific TruNarc Handheld Narcotics Analyzer enables officers, customs, border control, and other personnel to scan more than 498 suspected controlled substances in a single, definitive test. With this handheld drug detector, narcotics, stimulants, depressants, hallucinogens, and analgesics are easily identified. Scan directly through plastic or glass for most drug test samples to minimize contamination, reduce exposure and preserve evidence.

Gloved hand holding Thermo Scientific FirstDefender RMX Handheld Chemical Identification Analyzer
Thermo Scientific FirstDefender RMX Handheld Chemical Identification Analyzer

The Thermo Scientific FirstDefender RMX Handheld Chemical Identification Analyzer helps enable military and civilian first responders to quickly identify unknown solid and liquid chemicals down range including explosives, toxic industrial chemicals, chemical weapons, narcotics, precursors, white powders, and more. It can be used as a handheld instrument or integrated onto a tactical robot, providing more flexibility and increased safety in incident response situations that call for rapid, accurate chemical identification.


Chemical analysis software

HazMasterG3®, from Alluviam LLC, is an advanced decision support tool that has been integrated into handheld chemical identification instruments. The system provides key chemical insights to help interpret the analyzer’s results and provides situational awareness of potential hazards associated with a cache of chemicals, radiation readings, or an unknown piece of ordnance.

 

The intuitive software helps to answer real-world, on-site questions that enable a more meaningful response by investigators.  Rather than simply identifying component substances and precursors, the interactive system can help determine what the chemical components are likely being used to formulate, how much could be made, what are the missing components, what could be used to synthesize missing elements, etc. 

 

It is the only CBRNE / HME / IED support software to have earned a US Department of Homeland Security certification for approved anti-terrorism technology.

Thermo Scientific Gemini Analyzer with HazMasterG3
Thermo Scientific Gemini Analyzer with LowDoseID
Thermo Scientific Gemini Analyzer with LowDoseID

The Thermo Scientific Gemini Analyzer with LowDoseID integrates both FTIR and Raman spectroscopies in a rugged, lightweight, handheld solution. Available with the HazMasterG3™ decision support system from Alluviam LLC, Gemini gives military personnel, bomb technicians, hazmat teams and first responders significant tactical advantage, helping them minimize time on target and confidently make life-saving decisions.


Radiation detection with natural background rejection (NBR)

Radiation detectors utilize technology that separates atoms into positive ions and electrons, which are then attracted to electrodes, causing a current to flow and an electric signal to be generated. These electric signals can be measured as the amount of radiation. However, in real-world, field settings, naturally occurring radiation exists in varying levels from the earth and atmosphere, which can obscure and confuse targeted detection efforts. 

 

Natural Background Rejection (NBR) is a technology used to eliminate fluctuating natural background levels while measuring radiation. This proprietary and patented technology is used to quickly differentiate between natural and artificial radiation by stripping away any natural background radiation that is registering, delivering you a more accurate result of artificial radiation levels. Operators using instruments without NBR often set their alarm thresholds higher to eliminate the nuisances of false alarms or ignore alarms due to their frequency potentially missing out on hidden or shielded sources. Using an instrument with NBR allows you to keep your alarm threshold extremely low without the need to worry about false alarms from non-threatening sources so when the alarm goes off, you know it is time to take action.

Geiger Counter
Thermo Scientific RadEye SPRD Personal Radiation Detector
Thermo Scientific RadEye SPRD and SPRD-ER Personal Radiation Detectors

The Thermo Scientific RadEye SPRD and SPRD-ER Personal Radiation Detectors are handheld radiation monitors that offer a unique combination of detector sensitivity and intelligent alarming to help ensure detection in the most challenging applications while eliminating nuisance alarms. These radiation detectors identify and categorize specific types of radiation or radioactive material and can be configured to support your missions or user skills. They enable users to respond quickly and decisively to real radiation threats.

Thermo Scientific RadEye G Series Personal Dose Rate Meters
Thermo Scientific RadEye G Series Personal Dose Rate Meters

The Thermo Scientific RadEye G Series Personal Dose Rate Meters provide first responders with quick, reliable gamma and dose rate measurements. These lightweight, handheld Geiger counters detect and measure very low gamma energies; even the smallest change in radiation rates are displayed immediately, while coincidentally occurring fluctuations are suppressed. For hazmat teams investigating potentially explosive atmospheres, intrinsically safe RadEye G models meet the latest ATEX standards.

Thermo Scientific RadHalo RDP and FM Spectroscopic Area Monitors

The Thermo Scientific RadHalo RDP and FM Spectroscopic Area Monitors detect and identify radiation on location or from miles away. RadHalo rapid deployment probes and fixed monitors deliver high precision gamma and neutron radiation measurements and real-time data collection across a wide range of environments and radiation dose rate levels. Remote monitoring and turn-key data reachback telemetry capabilities help eliminate the need to place personnel in risky environments.

Thermo Scientific PackEye Radiation Detection Backpack
Thermo Scientific PackEye Radiation Detection Backpack

The Thermo Scientific PackEye Radiation Detection Backpack provides your survey teams with a tool for effectively addressing the problems of orphaned sources, radiological contamination, and maliciously introduced sources. It locates and detects gamma-emitting radioactive sources in large areas very rapidly, but unobtrusively.

Thermo Scientific RIIDEye radiation isotope identifier
Thermo Scientific RIIDEye Radiation Isotope Identifier

Whether you are evaluating water or soil samples or searching for materials that could make a dirty bomb, it’s critical to know the exact isotope of the radioactive material in order to assess the potential threat and quickly initiate a plan of action. The Thermo Scientific RIIDEye X and RIIDEye M Handheld Radioisotope Identifiers, with patented Quadratic Compression Conversion (QCC) technology, are well suited to support users from homeland security operations to contamination monitoring and remediation.

Thermo Scientific RadEye AB100 Alpha-Beta Contamination Monitor
Thermo Scientific RadEye AB100 Alpha-Beta Contamination Monitor

Daily monitoring for radiation exposure is standard regulatory procedure in hospitals, nuclear facilities, military and civil defense outfits, and other industries that work with sources of radiation. Safeguard your employees and help ensure a secure work environment with the Thermo Scientific RadEye AB100 Alpha-Beta Contamination Monitor. The RadEye AB100 monitor detects alpha/beta surface contamination in a range of environments using versatile operation modes so employees never risk exceeding exposure limits.


Dosimetry

Dosimetry instruments measure and monitor the radiation dose absorbed in the body resulting from exposure to ionizing radiation. Some jobs regularly expose workers to limited amounts of radiation, and workers are required to wear a dosimeter in order to monitor and track cumulative radiation exposure against a prescribed annual radiation dose limit.  Safety and security personnel, especially those tasked with threat detection, can be protected by monitoring any exposure using dosimetry technology.  Similarly, working environments where radiation exposure could occur can be monitored over a large area using environmental dosimetry systems.

Monitoring radiation dosage in working environments
Thermo Scientific EPD TruDose Electronic Personal Dosimeter
Thermo Scientific EPD TruDose Electronic Personal Dosimeter (EPD)

The Thermo Scientific EPD TruDose Electronic Personal Dosimeter (EPD) monitors Gamma and Beta radiation in any environment where workers need to monitor their exposure to radiation, with improved accuracy and simplified operation over previous generations of EPDs.  EPD TruDose personal radiation monitors are available with or without telemetry and integrate with many different systems.  

Thermo Scientific dosimetry readers
Thermo Scientific TLD Readers, Cards and Materials

Thermo Scientific TLD Readers, Cards and Materials provide cost-effective measurements of the radiation dose absorbed by individual TLD elements for medical, nuclear, research, and health physics applications. Manual and automated systems for whole-body, extremity, neutron, and environmental monitoring are easy to operate, service, and maintain.  

Thermo Scientific Dosimetry Services
Thermo Scientific Dosimetry Service

Thermo Scientific Dosimetry Services offers you accurate measurement of radiation dose exposure in the workplace, ensuring worker safety. Badges are sent to the employer for employees to wear during a certain period. When the time period is up, badges are returned to the Thermo Fisher Scientific facility to be analyzed.  Online reports are then generated and available to the employer.