Smiths Detection introduces new handheld chemical identifier

Smiths Detection, an advanced security solutions company, announced on Tuesday the introduction of ACE-ID, an advanced, handheld chemical identifier that can be safely used when analyzing suspected explosives.

ACE-ID is able to identify unknown solids and water-based solutions in 20 seconds or less for bomb squads, hazmat technicians, explosive ordnance division teams and law enforcement officers. The device uses Raman spectroscopy, a laser-based technique for identifying chemicals. The device eliminates the need to handle potentially dangerous substances and allows for analysis through some types of plastics and glass.

ACE-ID's laser platform keeps heat to a minimum with substances that could ignite if explosive. The device is also able to identify narcotics and toxic industrial chemicals.

"Our mission is to help protect communities and those who serve them," Ian May, the senior vice president of sales for Smiths Detection, said. "ACE-ID provides an unparalleled capability to identify explosives with confidence and without the need for physical contact."

Smiths Detection develops technology products that help identify and detect explosives, radiological and nuclear threats, weapons and contraband, chemical and biological agents and narcotics. The company provides security solutions in civil and military markets throughout the world. Smiths Group, Smiths Detection's parent company, employs approximately 23,000 people in more than 50 countries.