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
Explosive Trace Detection
DHS S&T transitioned technology to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) that is representative of S&T’s deep body of work in cataloging, detecting and thwarting explosive threats.
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.
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.
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.