Explosives Trace Detection (ETD)
L-3’s innovative energetic materials detection (EMD) technology represents a paradigm shift for screening trace amounts of explosives. Departing from conventional ion mobility spectrometer (IMS) detection devices, L-3’s EMD explosives trace detection products do not require carrier gases or dryer consumables, radioactive sources or reference libraries. This technological breakthrough results in immediate operator benefits, including significantly lower operating costs, an inherently safer product that does not require radioactive wipe testing, and an intrinsic capability to detect new or evolving explosive compounds without having to update reference libraries.
L-3’s PassPort™ explosives trace detection system automatically detects virtually any explosive. From newly created threats to previously documented substances, L-3’s landmark energetic material detection (EMD) technology safely indicates the presence of any explosive exhibiting an exothermic decomposition, including TATP, EGDN, NG, TNT, PETN, RDX, NC, nitrates and others. L-3’s proprietary EMD technology detects explosives based on their unique thermal characteristics— without using carrier gases or radioactive sources and without the need for a reference library.
Yielding the highest throughput rate in the industry for an explosives trace detection walk-through configuration, PassPort keeps traffic moving. The system’s direct contact design takes samples from hands, torso and feet—without the need for users to remove their shoes—enabling continuous traffic flow with no stopping or waiting.
Within seconds of a person exiting the system, results are provided and the next individual is immediately ready to be screened. The stand-alone, reduced-weight system (200kg/440lbs) makes the most of available space with a footprint slightly larger than a standard portal metal detector. Immediate benefits realized include significantly lower operating costs and an inherently safer product that does not require radioactive wipe testing and reference library updates for new or evolving explosive compounds. Additionally, PassPort does not require “clear-down” or “bake-out” time for system decontamination, ensuring maximum uptime. PassPort operates without frequent software updates, is ready for operation in less than five minutes and is easy for operators of any skill level to use. PassPort is currently under development and will be available in 2010.
PassPort is a controlled item under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). It may be exported with proper authorization by the U.S. Department of Commerce.