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Proposal Number: 0612008
Proposal Title: TRACE DETECTION WAND - SAMPLING AND DETECTING EXPLOSIVES CLOSER TO THE SOURCE
Topic Number: H-SB06.1-003
Phase: Phase II
Topic Title: ENHANCED EXPLOSIVE SAMPLE COLLECTION AND/OR PRECONCENTRATION SYSTEMS
Organization: Excellims Corporation
Address: 20 Main Street
Acton, MA 01720-3575  
Abstract: Recently, trace detection and imaging portal systems have begun to be deployed into airport check points and other high threat facilities, to meet the need for detecting explosives on people. In this project, we propose a sample collection method that is similar to the one used in trace portal systems; however, instead of using large scale air handling systems to release, collect, and transport samples to the detector, we bring the collector and optionally the detector closer to the targeted explosive residues. Just as handheld metal detectors are used to detect weapons on selectees and after walkthrough metal detector alarms, the proposed trace detection wand may be used to resolve alarms generated by the trace portal or imaging systems. In addition, at checkpoints where there is not sufficient space or the necessary throughput for portal systems to be deployed, the trace detection wand can be used with a detector, in place of large and expensive portal systems. The proposed trace detection wand is designed to release particles and vapors from cloth, preconcentrate both particles and vapors in the wand, and then detect them with an ion mobility spectrometer (IMS) in a few seconds.
Award/Contract Number: NBCHC070141
Period of Performance: 09/26/2007 - 03/25/2010
Award/Contract Value: $750,000.00
Award/Obligated Amount: $750,000.00