Israeli technology IDs traces of explosives

Ehud Ganani believes that the patent-pending automated explosive trace extrtechnology of his company TraceGuard Technologies, Inc. is going to make air travel in the US and around the world safer and more convenient. The result of seven years of research, TraceGuard’s CarrySafe puts the company at the forefront of the battle to prevent explosives from being taken aboard planes.

Targeted at the airport security requirements of the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) and other regulatory authorities, CarrySafe is designed for integration into existing screening equipment.
According to Ganani, CarrySafe automatically extracts and collects air particles from both the outer and the inner surfaces of luggage. The carry-on luggage in question is first placed in the inspection chamber. A flexible adaptive enclosure allows the rapid release and extrof traces of explosives from external and internal surfaces of the bag. The collected trace material is fed to a chemical analyzer for further analysis. And the results of this fully-automated computer-controlled cycle are displayed on the operator’s screen.
Bulk detection systems such as X-Ray and CT systems yield a high false alarm rate because they cannot distinguish between explosives and objects with a similar density to explosives. But according to Ganani, because TraceGuard’s trace extrtechnology is designed to make explosive detection more accurate, the false alarm rate should be significantly reduced.
The TraceGuard technology was developed principally by the company’s chief scientist Dr. Fredy Ornath, an internationally acclaimed welding and materials engineer who served as chief developer of an FAA-funded research project on air cargo explosive detection. By delivering greater accuracy and speed than screening solutions based on manual checking, CarrySafe is designed to dramatically shorten passenger lines. No longer will lines at the airport be held up by screening personnel having to open carry-on items that failed the initial x-ray detector. The item will simply be inserted into the CarrySafe device where the TraceGuard process will take over.
„We expect to get certification by the Israel Security Authority by the end of the year, and we’re in the process of teaming with strategic partners – mostly in the US. We’re also in close contact with the TSA in the US,” said Ganani.
Future products which are on the TraceGuard drawing board include HoldSafe for checked-in luggage, and CargoSafe for palletized airborne cargo. „Only about two percent of cargo on planes is checked at all,” says Ganani. „So, we’re developing CargoSafe to extract traces out of cargo, not just carry-on luggage.” The company intends to expand the applications of its extrtechnology to include drugs and biological contamination.
„We believe that our innovative products can introduce an unprecedented level of automation to airport luggage screening. TraceGuard’s ultimate goal is to become a major player in the Homeland Security market.”