Astrotech Corporation announced that – following a successful demonstration with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) personnel – 1st Detect’s TRACER 1000 MS-ETD will be available for demonstration at Astrotech’s annual meeting of shareholders, to be held on Dec. 7, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. CT at the JW Marriott, 110 E. 2nd St., Austin, TX.
The TRACER 1000 is a mass spectrometry-based explosives trace detector (ETD), custom-developed for the TSA as an improvement over and replacement for the ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) ETD systems currently deployed at aviation checkpoints worldwide.
These antiquated IMS systems have many shortcomings – most notably their limited library of detectable compounds, inability to adapt to emerging threats, and significant false positive rates that extend security wait times. The TRACER 1000 overcomes all of these shortcomings, and also provides significant enhancements, including:
-Considerably expanded list of explosives, narcotics and other compounds of interest;
-Target library that can be instantaneously updated or expanded in the field without requiring hardware configuration changes;
-Near-zero false positive rates;
-Improved passenger satisfaction due to increased throughput at checkpoints; and
-Similar market cost to current IMS ETDs.