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Smiths Detection unveils next generation desktop detection system for explosives and narcotics

Travel News Asia 11 January 2005

Smiths Detection, a leading provider of X-ray and trace detection equipment, has launched a next generation portable desktop trace detection system called the Ionscan 500DT. The advanced instrument is capable of simultaneously detecting microscopic amounts of more than forty types of narcotic and forty types of explosive substances.

The Ionscan 500DT utilizes dual Ion Mobility Spectrometry (IMS) detectors and is capable of identifying sub-nanogram amounts of explosive and narcotic substances, from a single sample, in less than eight seconds. The system incorporates two independently controlled IMS detectors in a single system, one optimized for explosives and the other for narcotics.

The Ionscan 500DT has an ergonomic design, a large color touch-screen display, built-in printer and 40GB internal hard drive. An advanced sampling wand eliminates the need for an operator to handle a sample swab after every operation, increasing the quality of sample analysis.

"The Ionscan 500DT was developed in response to demand for optimized and simultaneous detection of all explosives and narcotics," said Bill Mawer, President of Smiths Detection North America. "With the utilization of two independent IMS detectors, we can offer the highest possible level of detection. The dual detector design eliminates the compromise to sensitivity inherent in single tube systems that are used to detect simultaneously for narcotics and explosives."

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