908 Devices Adds New Capabilities to Identify and Respond to Toxic Threats

New Aerosol Module for Handheld MX908 addresses gaps in responders’ workflows and speed chemical detection at the point-of-need for multiple missions.
The Handheld MX908 addresses gaps in responders’ workflows and speed chemical detection at the point-of-need for multiple missions.

Whenever an elite operator encounters a highly toxic advanced threat, they must be able to move forward with fast and intelligent remediation supported by rapid access and data sharing capabilities. 

908 Devices, a pioneer of purpose-built handheld and desktop mass spec devices for chemical and biomolecular analysis, and the newest competitor to the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, has introduced the MX908 Aerosol Module for military and civilian responders and Bluetooth capability for the device 

This first-of-its-kind aerosol accessory expands the capability of the field-deployable MX908 to detect and identify aerosolized and vaporized chemical threats, including chemical warfare agents, fourth-generation agents, pharmaceutical-based agents and more. 

Teams need results more rapidly to mitigate threats and the new Bluetooth capability will provide investigators rapid access and data sharing capabilities through MX Mobile App, an Android app. 

Newly added targets allow first responders to recognize additional priority drug substances; and activation of a Bluetooth capability to export reports and device history to Android devices.

These added capabilities address gaps in responders’ workflows and speed chemical detection at the point-of-need for multiple missions.

(Learn More. Courtesy of 908 Devices and Vimeo.)

The Aero: Detect and identify toxic aerosols and vapor threats

The MX908 with Aero enables real-time monitoring for aerosolized threats, including aerosolized chemical warfare agents, fourth-generation agents, pharmaceutical-based agents, opioids and more.

Within seconds, the MX908 provides immediate actionable results to guide response protocols for responders, including chemical and hazmat teams, law enforcement, and international customs agents, ensuring that whenever a responder encounters a highly toxic and unknown threat, they are empowered to move forward with fast and intelligent remediation.

John Kenneweg, Vice President, 908 Devices
John Kenneweg, Vice President, 908 Devices

“This industry-first capability fills a critical gap by allowing for the simultaneous monitoring, detection and identification of both vapor and aerosol hazards,” explained John Kenneweg, Vice President, Government Sales, 908 Devices.

“Aerosolized threats have unique physical properties and behavior that make it difficult for legacy detectors to identify them.”

“The MX908 keeps response teams ahead of the latest chemical warfare threats, such as Novichoks, pharmaceutical based agents, opioid analogs and more – meeting a pressing and evolving need that no other device can today.”

Added Targets: Robust library for users identifying trace levels of controlled substances

As part of 908 Devices’ continued investment in expanding MX908’s threat detection capabilities, the handheld device can now detect and identify a broader range of cathinones and cannabinoids as well as select phenylethylamines.

In the United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s annual report, National Drug Threat Assessment, the agency reported synthetic cannabinoids and cathinones are amongst the most commonly abused substances in the United States with new variants often introduced and increasing in prevalence.

These additions to the MX908 target list are pivotal for responders identifying these substances in local communities and at crime scenes related to drug smuggling, transportation and/or distribution. 

New Bluetooth Capability: Quickly and easily disseminate important information to those who need it

The new Bluetooth capability allows responders to facilitate data transfer and accelerate support in the field through a more seamless user experience.

By pairing with the Remote application on an Android device, MX908 now provides a more rapid and efficient workflow for sharing results and accessing technical support from 908 Devices.

(Learn More about the capabilities of 908 Devices. Courtesy of 908 Devices and Vimeo.)

In-app access to user documentation and training videos ensures responders in the field have the reference tools they need, in the palm of their hands.

“This enhancement enables responders to streamline their workflows and function with interoperability at their point-of-need,” said Maura Fitzpatrick, Vice President of Product Management and Marketing, 908 Devices.

“Field teams can now download the MX908’s results faster and disseminate information to their teams with an easy data transfer.”

“This allows for improved responder safety and expedited incident responses with reliable, accurate, and speedy chemical detection.”

The MX908 identifies a wide spectrum of substances, including solids, liquids and vapors, and now aerosols at trace level – and is a critical analytical tool for chemical, explosive, priority drug and hazmat operations.

(Learn More about the MX908 purpose-built handheld mass spec device capabilities for chemical and biomolecular analysis by 908 Devices.) 

These updates come on the heels of the company’s announcement of a $25 million multi-year deal with U.S. Army for Close Combat Systems as part of the Army’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Render Safe Sets, Kits & Outfits (RS SKO) program

The MX908 is one of ten different capabilities provided in this new program, and will enable detection and identification of priority drugs, chemical agents, and trace explosives with the company’s proprietary HPMS device. 

Utilized by responders conducting response operations around the world, the MX908’s high sensitivity and selectivity delivers real-time actionable intelligence in seconds.

908 devices logo

908 Devices specializes in offering point-of-need chemical analysis devices ranging from rugged, handheld chemical detection tools to compact, tiny footprint analyzers and fast separation devices.

These purpose-built and user-centric devices serve a range of industries including safety and security, oil & gas, life sciences and other applied markets.

908 Devices is headquartered in the heart of Boston where they research, design and manufacture innovative products based on High Pressure Mass Spectrometry (HPMS).

To Learn More, please visit 908devices.com.

908 Devices Nominated to Compete in 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program

American Security Today’s ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards program is today in its Sixth Year and continues to recognize the Outstanding Innovations of top firms and agencies in the Homeland Security and Public Safety fields.

The Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards is the preeminent U.S. Homeland Security Awards Program highlighting the most cutting-edge and forward-thinking security solutions coming onto the market today, to ensure our readers have the information they need to stay ahead of the competition, and keep our Nation safe – one facility, street, and city at a time.

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administer, David Pekoske
David Pekoske, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administer

American Security Today is pleased to announce TSA Administrator  David Pekoske, will join the organization as a featured speaker at the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Presentation Luncheon, on November 18, 2021 at ISC East in New York City.

“On the heels of an unprecedented global pandemic, continued unrest in our cities and potentially catastrophic cyberattacks on our nations critical infrastructure, the focus of the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Luncheon will be on the latest, state-of-the-art innovations that are driving investments in new public security and safety technologies and systems,” said AST Editorial and Managing Director Tammy Waitt.

“As a recognized expert in crisis management, strategic planning, innovation and aviation, surface transportation and maritime security, David Pekoske’s message highlighting his top priorities and challenges for the TSA based on his years of wide-ranging experience will be critical to our attendees internalizing the critical nature of these escalating challenges, and realizing innovative new approaches to meet them.”

The 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program is proudly sponsored by AMAROK, along with Returning Premier Sponsors ATI SystemsAttivo NetworksAutomatic Systems, and Reed Exhibitions.

Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards at https://americansecuritytoday.com/ast-awards/.

Comprehensive List of Categories Include:

Access Control/ Identification Personal/Protective Equipment Law Enforcement Counter Terrorism
Perimeter Barrier/ Deterrent System Interagency Interdiction Operation Cloud Computing/Storage Solution
Facial/IRIS Recognition Body Worn Video Product Cyber Security
Video Surveillance/VMS Mobile Technology Anti-Malware
Audio Analytics Disaster Preparedness ID Management
Thermal/Infrared Camera Mass Notification System Fire & Safety
Metal/Weapon Detection Rescue Operations Critical Infrastructure
License Plate Recognition Detection Products And Many Others!
COVID Innovations And Many Others!


Don’t see a Direct Hit for your Product, Agency or Organization?

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the 2019–20 coronavirus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) on 30 January 2020 and a pandemic on 11 March 2020. Local transmission of the disease has occurred across all fifty states in the America.

With the unprecedented occurrence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the focus of the safety and security industries has realized the need to increase innovations to address the daily growing challenges.

As such AST aims to make sure these firms and professionals are reflected in the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program, so we’d like to encourage you to submit appropriate categories recommendations and include COVID-19 Frontline Professionals in your Nominations to see that these Professionals, Facilities, and Vendors receive the Recognition they Deserve!

Submit your category recommendation for consideration to Michael Madsen, AST Publisher at: mmadsen@americansecuritytoday.com.

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2019 'ASTORS' Awards Program Banquet Luncheon
2019 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program Banquet Luncheon

At ISC East 2021 you with the opportunity to interact with a broad array of security industry professionals.

ISC East works closely with other businesses in the security and public safety space to help bring together the Northeast’s largest security trade show each year.

In collaboration with premier sponsor SIA (Security Industry Association) and in partnership with ASIS NYC, ISC East is proud to work with and be supported by various associations, trade publications, charities, and more.

Therefore, the ISC audience of security dealers, installers, integrators, consultants, corporate, government and law enforcement/first responder practitioners will be joined by the ASIS NYC audience of major corporate managerial-through-director-level national and global security executives.

The combination of one-on-one conversations with the industry’s top innovators,  integrators and security executives, special events, high-quality education and training, and strong support from industry associations, will allow attendees to learn and evaluate solutions from leading security exhibitors and brands. 

The 2019 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program surpassed expectations with a record number of nominations received from industry leaders and government agencies, and drew over 200 attendees to the ‘ASTORS’ Awards Presentation Banquet – an exclusive gourmet luncheon and networking opportunity which filled to capacity, before having to turn away late registrants.

Your ‘ASTORS’ Awards Luncheon registration includes complimentary attendee access to ISC East – Thank take advantage of this exclusive luncheon opportunity to take a break from the show – Invite your team, guests, clients and show visitors to a lovely and affordable plated meal event in the heart of New York City, for  a fabulous networking opportunity!

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The traditional security marketplace has long been covered by a host of publications putting forward the old school basics to what is Today – a fast changing security landscape.

The traditional security marketplace has long been covered by a host of publications putting forward the old school basics to what is Today – a fast changing security landscape.

American Security Today is uniquely focused on the broader Homeland Security & Public Safety marketplace with over 75,000 readers at the Federal, State and local levels of government as well as firms allied to government.

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AST puts forward the Largest and Most Qualified Circulation in Government with Over 75,000 readers on the Federal, State and Local levels.

The AST Digital Publications is distributed to over 75,000 qualified government and homeland security professionals in federal, state and local levels.


AST Reaches both Private & Public Experts, essential to meeting these new challenges.

Today’s new generation of public safety and security experts need real-time knowledge to deal with domestic and international terrorism, lone wolf attacks, unprecedented urban violence, shifts in society, culture and media bias – making it increasingly difficult for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, First Responders, Military and Private Security Professionals to implement coordinated security measures to ensure national security and improve public safety.

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These experts are from Government at the federal, state and local level as well as from private firms allied to government.

AST provides a full plate of topics in our AST Monthly Magazine Editions, AST Website and AST Daily News Alerts, covering 23 Vital Sectors such as Access Control, Perimeter Protection, Video Surveillance/Analytics, Airport Security, Border Security, CBRNE Detection, Border Security, Ports, Cybersecurity, Networking Security, Encryption, Law Enforcement, First Responders, Campus Security, Security Services, Corporate Facilities, and Emergency Response among others.

AST has Expanded readership into integral Critical Infrastructure audiences such as Protection of Nuclear Facilities, Water Plants & Dams, Bridges & Tunnels, and other potential targets of terrorism.

Other areas of concern include Transportation Hubs, Public Assemblies, Government Facilities, Sporting & Concert Stadiums, our Nation’s Schools & Universities, and Commercial Business Destinations – all enticing targets due to the large number of persons and resources clustered together.

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The Annual CHAMPIONS edition includes a review of the ‘ASTORS’ Award Winning products and programs, highlighting key details on many of the winning firms products and services, includes video interviews and more.

It is your Go-To source throughout the year for ‘The Best of 2020 Products and Services‘ endorsed by American Security Today, and can satisfy your agency’s and organization’s most pressing Homeland Security and Public Safety needs.

From Physical Security (Access Control, Critical Infrastructure, Perimeter Protection and Video Surveillance Cameras and Video Management Systems), to IT Security (Cybersecurity, Encryption, Data Storage, Anti-Malware and Networking Security – Just to name a few), the 2020 ‘ASTORS’ CHAMPIONS EDITION has what you need to Detect, Delay, Respond to, and Mitigate today’s real-time threats in our constantly evolving security landscape.

It also includes featured guest editorial pieces from some of the security industry’s most respected leaders, and recognized firms in the 2020 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program.

  • For a complete list of 2020 ‘ASTORS’ Award Winners, click here.

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