Smiths Detection has won a $21.9 million
delivery order from the U.S. Transportation Security Administration
(TSA) to supply portable liquid detection scanners for its Bottle
Liquid Scanner (BLS) program.
The RespondeR BLS detectors, based
on Smith Detection’s RespondeR RCI scanner, have been tailored to meet
specific TSA requirements.
This order was awarded under an Indefinite
Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract and funded by the
American Recovery and Re-Investment Act of 2009.
Phipson, President of Smiths Detection, said, “We are delighted
that TSA has chosen our portable liquid detector, again
underlining our ability to provide the most advanced technologies
for vital airport security. Smiths Detection is committed to
developing state-of-the-art solutions that increase public
The RespondeR BLS uses Raman spectroscopy to
penetrate containers without opening or damaging them in order to
detect and distinguish threat liquids from benign liquids. In less
than 20 seconds, advanced spectrometry content analysis compares
the results to a propriety library of threat substances that can
be tailored to include toxic or hazardous chemicals and
The scanners are manufactured in the U.S. at
Smiths Detection’s Danbury facility, one of several Smiths
Detection manufacturing facilities based in the U.S..
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