ChemImage Sensor Systems selected to develop portable chemical detector

ChemImage Sensor Systems (CISS), a subsidiary of ChemImage Corporation, announced on Monday that it was selected by the U.S. Army as one of the organizations to develop a portable chemical agent detection system.

The U.S. Army Next Generation Chemical Detector (NGCD) program selected CISS and multiple other organizations to develop a portable system for the detection and location of chemical warfare agents (CWA) on environmental services. The work will be performed under the direction of the Joint Project Manager for Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Contamination Avoidance (JPM-NBC-CA), according to a CISS press release.

"We welcome the opportunity to show how hyperspectral imaging can perform reliable CWA detection and location with the goal of saving lives," Charles Gardner, the project manager for CISS, said.

As part of the project, CISS will configure and evaluate its existing portable hyperspectral imaging technology for the detection of CWA at a breadboard level. The company will then progress the development of the system through brassboard and final prototype stages. The U.S. government will conduct rigorous testing in each phase to ensure the CISS system meets Army requirements.

"Recent events have shown us that CWA are still a very real threat in our world," Matthew Nelson, the chief scientist and business director at CISS, said. "CISS is excited about working with the U.S. Army to provide handheld instruments that dramatically lessen the warfighter impact of these terrible weapons of mass destruction."

ChemImage Corporation, the parent company of CISS, develops hyperspectral and Raman chemical imaging technology.