Battelle reports successful tests of REBS unit

Battelle announced successful reviews of its patented Resource Effective Bio-Identification System, a device that can detect and identify biological and chemical substances in the air.

"We've made dramatic improvements to the current state-of-the-art in hazardous aerosol detection and identification," Matt Shaw, General Manager of Battelle's CBRNE Defense business, said. "We've reduced the time it takes to detect and identify a hazardous aerosol, reduced the time to update the system to search for new hazards, and significantly reduced cost-from purchase price through unit logistics costs."

REBS is laser-based and constantly monitors air quality for potentially harmful biological or chemical substances. The system is network-ready and can be programmed to continually look for new threats.

The unit was released several years ago in various locations, including a subway in Boston. The tests carried out were reported to have been successful in detecting harmful substances early enough to qualify as an early warning.

REBS is intended for use with military operations and homeland security missions. Battelle, however, is looking to design a unit that can be used during pharmaceutical manufacturing, to monitor food safety and to keep hospitals contaminant-free.

Battelle has a history of aiding the U.S. Army in its technology needs. It helped design the Army's first Biological Integrated Detection System of the early 1990s. Battelle is also the lead develop and producer of biological threat detection units of the Department of Defense's Joint Biological Point Detection System.