The UK Border Force is now using the Resolve handheld Raman system, a Gold Award Winner in the 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, from Agilent Technologies.
Providing a revolutionary new capability in handheld detection, the Resolve system enables rapid detection and identification of explosives, narcotics and hazardous materials through sealed, opaque containers.
(See a brief overview of Resolve’s capabilities in handheld detection system, which enables rapid detection and identification of explosives, narcotics and hazardous materials through sealed, opaque containers. Courtesy of Agilent Technologies and YouTube. Posted on May 30, 2018.)
Resolve is able to detect bulk chemicals—whether benign, hazardous, or illegal, and is the latest addition to a suite of advanced technologies deployed to detect illegal shipments.
The Resolve system’s unique through-barrier technology—known as spatially offset Raman spectroscopy (SORS)—enables customs and border officers to identify a broad range of threats through opaque and colored containers and packaging materials thereby reducing risk of exposure to harmful materials.
These include explosives, toxic chemicals, narcotics and chemical warfare agents.
In scenarios where hazardous materials may be present, opening or disturbing containers can increase risk to the operator and, in some cases, the public.
Resolve enables safer operation, keeping hazards contained, reducing or removing the need to take samples.
“Resolve’s unique ability to detect hazardous substances through opaque packaging is ideal for use in border applications as the technology reduces the risk of exposure to the operator,” said Dr. Robert Stokes, the head of Detection and Security, Raman Spectroscopy, at Agilent.
“We are working closely with UK Border Force as they deploy Resolve systems across the UK, providing comprehensive training sessions as well as specialist Reachback support.”
This deployment is part of a multi-million-pound framework agreement between the UK Home Office and Agilent Technologies.
Resolve Takes Gold in 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program
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The 2018 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, is organized to recognize the most distinguished vendors of Physical, IT, Port Security, Law Enforcement, Border Security, First Responders, (Fire, EMT, Military, Support Services Vets, SBA, Medical Tech) as well as the Federal, State, County and Municipal Government Agencies – to acknowledge their outstanding efforts to ‘Keep our Nation Secure, One City at a Time.’
To Learn More about the ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, see 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Award Winners Honored at ISC East.
Over 100 distinguished guests from National, State and Local Governments, and Industry Leading Corporate Executives from companies allied to Government, gathered from across North America and the Middle East to be honored from disciplines across the Security Industry in their respective fields which included representatives from:
- The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T)
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection
- The Department of Justice
- The Security Exchange Commission
- State and Municipal Law Enforcement Agencies
- The Royal Canadian Mounted Police
- Leaders in Private Security