Biodetection technologies guide now a mobile app

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) recently announced it has made the most recent edition of the "Biodetection Technologies for First Reponders" guide available for mobile devices, according to the First Reponders website.

The guide is published by PNNL in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate. The most recent version of this guide was published last spring, and to this point has been downloaded over 10,000 times.

Recognizing most first response operations take place in the field, the guide was released in a format for smart phones and tablets. The guide is a free download on Apple devices from the iTunes store, but is not yet available for Android or Windows devices.

The guide provides information on commercially available biodetection technology and services for rapid detection of a multitude of related threats and incidents. It allows first response teams to make informed purchases of devices that allow them to do their job safely and efficiently by providing independent, standardized metrics to assess the available detection technology.

The work of the guide's authors is ongoing, and new updates to assessments of detection products will be available with new editions.

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