New explosives trace detector to be demoed at MIA

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Mike, Sep 18, 2013.

  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    "legacy ETD systems lose their approved status on January 1, 2014": Does this include the notorious & worthless hand swabs?

    Sys-Con Media: Implant Sciences to Demonstrate TSA-Approved QS-B220 Explosives Trace Detector at Miami International Airport West Cargo Area [Press Release] (Sept 18 2013)

    Implant Sciences Corporation (OTCQB: IMSC), a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, announced today the Company will host explosives trace detection briefings and demonstrations of its TSA-approved QS-B220 desktop explosives trace detector at the Miami International Airport on Thursday, September 19, 2013, in the Miami-International Airport West Cargo Area Conference Room - Cargo Building 702, Suite #205. The event is open to individuals involved in air cargo security. Please contact for information on how to attend.

    "Explosive Trace Detection (ETD) is arguably the best air cargo security technology available today. Important changes are coming when the TSA's grandfathered list of legacy ETD systems lose their approved status on January 1, 2014. This event will provide important information for air cargo facilities looking to replace expiring systems or expand screening operations," stated Implant Sciences' Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Dr. Darryl Jones.

    About the QS-B220 Desktop Explosives Trace Detector

    The QS-B220 uses Ion Mobility Spectrometry (IMS) to rapidly detect and identify trace amounts of a wide variety of military, commercial, and homemade explosives. With significantly lower maintenance requirements than competing systems, the QS-B220 can be deployed for a much lower total cost of ownership than other approved products. Featuring a radioactive material-free design, push-button maintenance and diagnostics, and a patented inCal™ internal automatic calibration system, the QS-B220 brings new levels of performance and convenience to desktop trace detection users with unsurpassed ease of use.
  2. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    I wonder whether this means TSA hands in our crotches MORE or LESS often for unjustified reasons..
  3. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Don't know, the article references "air cargo" applications, yet it is described as being for "desktop trace detection".
  4. Fisher1949

    Fisher1949 Original Member Coach

    The press release doesn't mention reliability, accuracy or sensitivity in terms of excluding known false positives. If this doesn't address those issues and has the same false positive rate, air cargo will get just as backed up as checkpoints.
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  5. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    If it still provides false positives on elderly ladies' hand lotions, it's not useful.
  6. FliesWay2Much

    FliesWay2Much Original Member

    Read the brochure carefully!

    In this picture from another brochure, a test clerk looks like he's putting a strip into the machine, so, we can assume that hand-swabbing will continue.
  7. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    So anyone who has touched paper money might set off the machine, due to residual cocaine found in the paper? I don't know of other studies on any of those other drugs, or if they bind to the green dye like cocaine appears to do.

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