Product News: Ahura Scientific Unveils TruScreen, a New Security Product

11 Mar 2009

Ahura Scientific, Inc., a leader in rugged, ultra-compact handheld instruments for chemical identification, today announced at PITTCON 2009 the release of TruScreen™, a new security product for the commercial aviation industry.

Designed to complement existing security measures, TruScreen rapidly and accurately screens for potential liquid explosives. It can quickly distinguish between threat-listed materials, such as explosive substances and precursors, and benign substances that are safe to carry onboard an aircraft.

Lightweight and easy to use, TruScreen can analyze through the walls of translucent glass or plastic containers without direct contact with the substance in question. This non-invasive screening technology helps maintain uninterrupted passenger throughput at security checkpoints.

TruScreen is part of extensive laboratory and operational trials globally and is now shipping with limited availability. "Ahura Scientific has been at the forefront of handheld, field-based chemical
identification since the launch of FirstDefender in 2005,” said Doug Kahn, chairman and CEO of Ahura Scientific. “With aviation as one of the most pressing global security priorities, TruScreen was the next logical step in the progression of the company, specifically addressing the liquid explosives threat at aviation checkpoints.”

Industry Experience
Ahura Scientific’s ultra-compact analytical instruments were developed based on inhouse innovations in molecular spectroscopy, miniature optics and electronics and advanced chemometrics. Originally focused on unknown chemical identification, in 2005 Ahura Scientific launched FirstDefender, a rugged, handheld Raman spectrometer for military and first responders which enables users to identify toxic materials, explosives, chemical warfare agents and narcotics. In 2008, Ahura Scientific
launched TruDefender FT, an FTIR spectrometer that complements FirstDefender for a broader range of unknown chemical identification. In addition to its identification products, in 2007 the company released TruScan, a handheld authentication solution for raw materials inspection which is actively
deployed by pharmaceutical companies around the world. With this solid foundation, Ahura Scientific leveraged this expertise to develop its first dedicated threat screening product, TruScreen. Optimized for efficient passenger throughput, TruScreen rapidly screens the contents of glass and plastic containers for potential liquid hazards at aviation checkpoints.

For more information about TruScreen, follow the company article webpage link on the right hand side of the screen. TruScreen was launched in conjunction with PITTCON 2009, the world’s premier
conference and exposition for analytical chemistry and applied spectroscopy, taking place this week at the McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois.