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Explosive Trace Detection

News Release: ST Seeks Explosives Trace Detectors

Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) released a request for information on handheld, portable, and desktop explosives trace detectors (ETDs) that can analyze wipe samples collected from surfaces of packages, baggage, automobiles, or other objects

Snapshot: S&T Labs, Responders Assess Explosives Detectors

Handheld ETDs are small, lightweight, and usually do not require assembly, making them an ideal choice for responders who need to quickly investigate a suspicious package or screen individuals in areas lacking permanent fixtures or sufficient power.

Snapshot: S&T and NIST Projects in Support of NYPD Explosive Trace Detection

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) recently took part in a demonstration of the NYPD’s FIDO X-3 Explosive Trace Detection (ETD) system, under the sponsorship of the Secondary Screening Program led by S&T Program Manager Dr. Laura Parker. This event showcased work S&T funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to optimize NYPD trace detection processes in these areas.

Advanced Trace Detection Industry Day

The DHS Science and Technology Directorate's Explosives Division (EXD), part of the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency, will host an Advanced Trace Detection Industry Day on Tuesday October 24 and Wednesday, October 25 for interested parties.

S&T Secondary Screening Technology Development Program Fact Sheet

New and improved trace explosives detection capabilities are needed due to the increasing variety of explosive threats. The Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is working on providing more capability for secondary screening of explosives.

Secondary Screening

Developing new technologies to provide enhanced trace detection capabilities for a broader range of threats.

Explosives Detection

S&T's explosives program provides concepts, science, technologies, and systems that increase protection from explosives, and promotes the development of field equipment, technologies, and procedures to interdict weapons and explosive threats.

Explosive Trace Detection Usage Expanded: Give Us A Hand

What’s the biggest threat to an airplane? A knife? A pistol? While these items can be dangerous, with hardened cockpit doors installed after 9/11, an improvised explosive device poses the biggest threat to aviation security today.

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