Raptor Detection Technologies, LLC's line of “Substance Activated Fast Evaluation Technology” (SAFE-T)* products are currently being used by military organizations; they are now available to law enforcement, security and first responders. The Raptor technology’s ability to accurately assess a potential threat during a time critical situation meets a much needed requirement. Every officer can become a highly effective mobile explosive detector without the need for an expensive machine. The products offer anywhere at anytime detection capability.
Raptor’s SAFE-T products are based on a nanotechnology called molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs). MIPs are capable of selectively sensing microscopic amounts of explosives or other molecules that are dangerous for humans and the environment, such as toxins, chemical agents, biological agents, pesticides, poisons, and explosives.
Initially developed at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL), Raptor’s SAFE T MIPs produce a dramatic color change reaction that is visible with the naked eye when they detect target molecules – such as dangerous materials used in terrorist attacks. If a trace amount of explosive material is present on a person’s skin, or finger, for example, it may capture a visible, colorful fingerprint when it touches MIP material. This color change is visibly detectable at the time of exposure.
Already in use by the US Army and other military organizations, Raptor’s SAFE T MIPs are now available to law enforcement, security and first responders. SAFE-T products can be purchased in various forms, including SAFE-T SPRAY and SAFE-T WIPES. A Trace Collection Wipe is also available that is used in conjunction with SAFE-T SPRAY. Kits are available and are configured to meet the specific requirement of the customer.
SAFE-TMIPs are robust, stable and resistant to a wide range of humidity, temperature, acidity and alkalinity factors. Additionally, they are inexpensive, safe to produce and can be sprayed, printed or spin-coated into commercial devices for the detection of a wide range of substances, compounds and biological agents. SAFE-T MIPs can be easily incorporated into existing products and systems such as event tickets, security badges and other applications. The incremental costs are low, creating a viable alternative to expensive equipment that require power, maintenance and ongoing recalibration and extensive training.
Raptor has been able to respond to military requests for its SAFE-T line of products and is now able to offer its scientifically proven nanotechnologies to additional sectors of public safety and law enforcement. Raptor is continuously expanding its detection library of products and applications and will be launching several additional detection and counterterrorism products later this year.
With Raptor’s SAFE-T technology, scanning for detection is as simple as looking for a visible color change on the item. Recommended applications include homeland security;transportation security, building or event access control; stand-off IED detection; environmental monitoring and control; forensic applications; and medical applications.