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SPR 2016

Security & Border Protection and CST & CBRNE Source Book, published jointly, concentrate on WMD response, NGB training, counterterrorism, and border security

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tacticaldefensemedia.com S&BP and CST & CBRNE | Spring 2016 | 17 By Aimee Rose, Ph.D., FLIR, Inc. F LIR's handheld explosivestrace detectors (ETDs) have long been used by the military in the war on terror, where the enemy's weapon of choice is an improvised explosive device (IED). However, the need for next-generation ETD solutions extends beyond the battlefield. As seen in the attacks in Boston, Paris, and Brussels, the explosives threat has become a major concern for patrol officers and first responders who secure our cities. High-profile venues utilize traditional checkpoint security screening measures at predictable locations like entryways. Mobile trace detectors enable random screening protocols that increase the likelihood of threat detection at high-profile events like sporting events, concerts, conventions, train stations, other public transit facilities, zoos, or even schools. Law enforcement and security officers need access to an easy-to-use, portable tool capable of detecting a broad range of explosives threats at true trace levels. FLIR's new Fido X2 handheld explosives trace detector (ETD) adds a new layer of protection to security screening using TrueTraceâ„¢ detection technology, on- screen user prompts and video training, and an ergonomic design and durability that support a mobile mission. A Closer Look at Trace: Interdicting the Invisible Threat Concealed bombs can leave trace chemical signatures behind that indicate a threat is present. Desktop-sized detectors are deployed in airports around the world to find this predicable, telltale residue and protect the travelling public. However, the size and complexity of these detectors have traditionally confined them to fixed indoor checkpoints. Importantly, a terrorist does not have to be carrying an explosive for residue to be detected. A bomb maker who handles explosives and then touches surfaces like backpacks, car door handles, keys, tickets, or badges leaves behind an invisible residue that can be found. Widespread, unpredictable explosive trace screening provides the intelligence needed to interdict a threat ahead of an attack. Born out of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Dog's-Nose program, FLIR's original Fido explosives trace detector was the first artificial nose capable of sniffing out a buried land mine in the real world. It became the tool of choice to counter the IED threat because of its ruggedness and reliability. Over an eight-year period, a single security team deployed in Afghanistan used Fido to find 270 concealed explosives, stop nine truck bombs, and capture a notorious bomb maker. FLIR's entire Fido X-series product line achieves exquisite explosive detection sensitivity with TrueTraceâ„¢ detection technology. TrueTrace is a patented, multiplexed luminescence detection technology uniquely formulated to react to multiple classes of explosives. FLIR's Fido X2 can sense traces of explosive material that are invisible to the naked eye at 1/1,000,000,000th of the weight of a paperclip. It detects homemade explosives like Triacetone Triperoxide (TATP), as well as commercial, military and fertilizer-based explosives. It detects emerging explosive formulations without modification, to protect against future threats. TrueTrace also maximizes system availability during high-threat scenarios with quick three-minute start-up, fast ten- second analysis, and rapid, reliable clear-down that is measured in seconds. Dealing with High-Stress Scenarios To the broader security force, explosives interdiction may seem unapproachable amidst day-to-day patrol. For this reason, FLIR places an emphasis on providing customers with easy to use tools that excel in mobile or ad hoc screening missions. The Fido X2 sets the standard with on-screen guidance, simple go/ no-go alarms, and on-device video training. It can be picked up and operated with only a few minutes of training. On-screen prompts guide users through operation. Color-coded results and clear visual, auditory, and vibrating alerts aid the operator in fast decision-making. On-device video training delivers real- time help and reduces the cost and burden of recurrent training. Fido X2 guides the operator through the entire threat screening process - from power up to first detection. Countering Predictability with Mobile Screening Solutions Security officers no longer have to wait for an explosives threat to pass through a checkpoint. Mobile explosives detection security tools expand the mission and make it more difficult for an extremist to carry out an act of terror. Random checkpoints, temporary roadblocks, or foot patrol can uncover trace evidence that can be used to find bulk explosives threats and defeat a terrorist. Fido X2 weighs less than two pounds and can go anywhere the operator goes. It detects trace levels of explosives in less than ten seconds, so officers can quickly complete their screening mission. Its accessible price point also fits into most security budgets. As terror strategies evolve, modern security forces must also adapt. Mobility is the key to proactive prevention of acts of terrorism. New tools like the Fido X2 handheld explosives trace detector with TrueTrace strengthens defense against acts of terror with leading-edge capability. COUNTERING PREDICTABILITY Fido X2 handheld explosives trace detector. (FLIR) Industry Partner: FLIR

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