Smiths Detection awarded TSA contract for portable liquid scanners

PINE BROOK, N.J. — Smiths Detection announced a $21.9 million order from the Transportation Security Administration to supply portable liquid detection scanners for its Bottle Liquid Scanner program.

The RespondeR BLS detectors, based on Smith Detection’s RespondeR RCI scanner, are tailored to meet specific TSA requirements.

The American Recovery and Re-Investment Act of 2009, announced Nov. 2, funded this order.

The RespondeR BLS uses Raman spectroscopy to penetrate containers without opening or damaging them in order to detect and distinguish threat liquids from benign liquids. In less than 20 seconds, advanced spectrometry content analysis compares the results to a propriety library of threat substances that can be tailored to include toxic or hazardous chemicals and explosives.

The scanners are manufactured at Smiths Detection’s plant in Danbury, Conn.