Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., announced software enhancements to its Thermo Scientific FirstDefender RM and FirstDefender RMX handheld Raman chemical identification instruments. The software enhancements allow for faster results, detection of chemicals at lower concentrations and a first ever Tagging feature that enables users to prioritize and tag individual chemicals of interest.
Thermo Fisher designed these new features to allow first responders, homeland security, military, law enforcement and forensic chemistry personnel to quickly identify chemicals in the field, such as explosives, industrial chemicals, chemical warfare agents, and precursors.
The FirstDefender RM/RMX v4.0 software includes updated chemical identification algorithms that are designed to accelerate complex mixture analysis. Chemical analysis is enhanced for tagged items, leading to detection capability at lower concentrations. On-screen visual notification highlights the presence of a tagged item for escalation as defined by a commanding officer. In addition to updated matching algorithms and the new tagging feature, the FirstDefender RM/RMX v4.0 software update includes an expanded on-board library.
FirstDefender RM and FirstDefender RMX enable rapid, accurate identification of unknown chemicals in the field and, along with other Thermo Scientific handheld instruments, are deployed worldwide for chemical and explosives identification by U.S. and foreign military organizations as well as national and regional law enforcement agencies and hazmat teams. The FirstDefender RM/RMX software v3.4 library represents the company’s largest Raman library to date, offering millions of mixture possibilities and additions to all chemical categories.