Smiths Detection launches BIO-ACT

BIO-ACT, a complete emergency response assessment solution to rapidly identify biological warfare acts in the field, has been launched by Smiths Detection.

Four complementary technologies comprise BIO-ACT, which gives a complete toolkit to emergency responders to obtain the highest level of accuracy when assessing unknown powder scares for anthrax, ricin, plague and other bioweapons.

BIO-ACT stands for biological advanced confirmatory technologies. Its technologies consist of Prime Alert, a microbe and toxin screener; BioCheck, a protein and pH test kit; HazMatID Ranger, a hand-held chemical identifier; and Bio-Seeq PLUS, a next-generation handheld BWA identifier.

Each of the four technologies provides BIO-ACT with unique identification and detection capabilities, allowing emergency responders to determine any threat level quickly and make public safety decisions appropriately.

“We are committed to delivering this advanced tactical assessment approach worldwide because it provides emergency responders with the highest degree of confidence when dealing with unknown, suspect substances," Mal Maginnis, president of global military and emergency responders for Smiths Detection, said. "BIO-ACT strongly reinforces our position as a total solutions provider for quick and accurate biological threat assessment. This is critical because no single test is enough when you are dealing with a potential BWA.”

Smiths Detection will demonstrate BIO-ACT at PITTCON 2010, which is occurring this week.