Implant Sciences Corporation, a high technology supplier of systems and sensors for homeland security and defense markets, announced today that its QS-B220 desktop explosives trace detector (ETD) has received regulatory approval from the German Federal Ministry of the Interior for aviation security applications at German airports.
The QS-B220 fulfills specifications set by the German Federal Police. With the German Federal Ministry of the Interior approval, the QS-B220 may now be deployed at all non-passenger airport checkpoints for screening of deliveries, food service, and other airport service functions.
Testing and evaluation was conducted at the German National Test Center for the Evaluation of Explosives Detection Systems, established by the German Federal Police, in conjunction with the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology (ICT). The realistic testing environment provided by the Center is essential for security services and end users such as airport operators to obtain reliable performance data and ensure a uniform security standard throughout Europe.
"This testing was performed at the request of an airport in Germany that plans to use the QS-B220 to speed up their inspection process at apron checkpoints. Successful completion of the approval process opens up opportunities at airports through the region," stated Implant Sciences' Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Dr. Darryl Jones.
"This product approval, which was performed using the latest test protocols and obtained through a key testing facility, further solidifies Implant Sciences' role as the new standard of trace detection. Our plan is to continue to expand our range of certifications, which includes the U.S., France, China, and now Germany. We believe this will allow us to increase sales volumes and revenues for our Company," added Implant Sciences' President and CEO, Glenn D. Bolduc.
On February 4, 2013, the EU implemented an amendment to Regulation (EU) No 185/2010, in regards to the screening of passengers and persons other than passengers by Explosives Trace Detection (ETD) equipment in combination with Handheld Metal Detection (HHMD) equipment, which stated that "trials have demonstrated the effectiveness of the combined use of ETD and HHMD. Moreover, the use of ETD and HHMD may facilitate the screening process and be experienced to be a less intrusive means of screening than a hand search, thus constituting an improvement in the experience of persons screened."
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.