Technical support working group officials, in a recent briefing
to industry representatives, pointed to a list of “2004 success
stories,” technologies developed during the previous year,
The Rapidscan Secure 1000, from Rapidscan Secure Systems, of Hawthorne,
Calif., is designed to detect metallic and non-metallic objects—such
as conventional metal weapons, ceramic knives, explosives, illegal
drugs and other contraband—concealed under a person’s
The Remote Firing Device, made by ETI, of Orlando, Fla., is intended
to provide state and local bomb-disposal squads and similar agencies
with an extremely rugged, low-cost system for exploding bombs from
a safe distance. The device is so popular among bomb squads that
it is going into its second production run, TSWG officials said.
Escape hoods are being tested to ensure that they meet the full-range
of capabilities needed following a terrorist chemical, biological,
radiological or nuclear incident. The hoods are designed to provide
at least 15 minutes of protection while users evacuate to a safe
area. More than 200,000 of the hoods—made by such firms as
Quick Protective Systems, of Stuart, Fla., and Mine Safety Appliances,
of Pittsburgh, Pa.—have been sold.
The Fiber Optic Remote Amplifier Extension System (FORAX), made
by Syntonics LLC, of Columbia, Md., enables military units to relocate
radio antennas up to a kilometer away from their transmitters. That
makes it easier for them to communicate from the deep underground,
inside buildings and below ship decks.
Talon, a product of Foster-Miller Inc., of Waltham, Mass., is a
low-cost, highly portable miniature reconnaissance robot designed
for explosive ordnance disposal operations. EOD units have bought
more than 140 of them at a cost of $110,000 apiece.
The Z Backscatter Van Drive-By Screening System, built by American
Science and Engineering Inc., of Billerica, Mass., is built into
commercially available delivery van. It can be deployed quickly,
and one or two operators can conduct x-ray imaging of a suspect
vehicle as the van passes it.