Bioterrorism threats are real
You can’t afford to miss an attack.
An airborne biological threat agent can be quietly released at any time, causing substantial loss of life and economic impact. From the moment it happens, time is of the essence. Early detection and identification are essential to…
1. Detect bioaerosol threats in real time
A continuous, real-time air monitor (or a “trigger”) provides the first line of defense in detecting a potential airborne threat. Bioaerosol triggers have been deployed at critical government sites globally for more than 15 years and are now more affordable and higher performing. The Polaron™ Real-Time Bioaerosol Sensor from ATI represents the state of the art in this field.
- Best-in-class sensitivity – capable of detecting singlet particles in all agent classes (spore, bacteria, virus, toxin)
- Low false alarm rates – advanced algorithms for classifying aerosol backgrounds versus anomalies
- More coverage – affordable, compact, lightweight
- Fast response – alarms can automatically initiate aerosol sample collectors
- High confidence – extensive US Government testing and validation
Polaron F10 Real-Time Bioaerosol Sensor
Using patent-pending technology based on polarized elastic light scattering, the Polaron can detect and classify aerosol particles to 0.5 micron sensitivity. It transmits information as a first-tier “trigger” in a networked system for a variety of applications, including building protection, mass-transit security, special-event monitoring and force / base protection. Read More
Removable cartridge protects internal optics from the sampled air, and can be replaced without affecting calibration
Inverted inlet cap option to allow inverted mounting position
2. Collect and deliver air samples automatically
When a potential threat is detected, it is essential to quickly collect a sample for identification. The FAR-PASS™ Automated Air Sample Collection & Delivery System from ATI not only collects air samples at high efficiency, but it automatically transports the sample pneumatically via tubing to a remote collection point.
- Collect any airborne threat type – chemical, biological, radiological
- Autonomous and configurable – integrates with command & control systems to allow triggered sample collection upon an alarm, or to operate continuously from a configured sampling schedule
- High confidence – deployed by the US government, protecting thousands of people occupying millions of square feet of critical facilities
- Avoids public attention – automatically sends the sample from the “hot zone” to a remote location, thus avoiding sending a person in hazmat gear into a crowded area to retrieve the sample
- Saves time – faster collection of samples from multiple locations at a common collection point
FAR-PASS Automated Air Sample Collection & Delivery System
The FAR-PASS provides a unique, low-cost solution for airborne biological and chemical sampling and automated sample delivery. Using patented technology, the airborne threat is concentrated onto a small dry filter and pneumatically transported via tubing to a remote collection kiosk (up to several kilometers away) for analysis and identification of the threat. Read More
32-filter capacity, with different sample filter types
Collection Kiosk to collect and retrieve samples (3-port or 18-port)
3. Identify the threat
After collecting and retrieving the air sample, it must be confirmed that the aerosol detected is a threat. The presence and type of threat identified will support swift decision making and appropriate responses to the event. Rapid biological identification is typically performed by technologies such as PCR or MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry.
- Act with confidence – identifying the presence of an airborne threat allows operators to take the decisive action that is required
- Contain the threat and protect people – actions can be taken to stop the spread of the threat from primary and secondary sources (air and people) and protect people from further exposure
- Initiate investigation – upon identification of an airborne threat, the area is a potential crime scene that requires an appropriate investigative response
- Deploy medical countermeasures – identifying the threat type allows appropriate medical countermeasures to be deployed more rapidly to save lives and stop the spread of infections
Respond quickly and confidently
An alarm or ‘trigger’ from a bioaerosol threat detector can begin a consequence-management plan process that starts with initiating low-regret actions to collect samples and that can begin to contain the threat. As more information comes in from the detectors and samples, the process can escalate to medium-regret actions while awaiting confirmation. Once the threat is identified and confirmed, a series of appropriate high-regret actions can be initiated to fully contain and respond to the threat.
The ability to detect, collect, and identify airborne biological agents quickly and autonomously using ATI’s Biosurveillance System Architecture saves precious time while reducing risk and expense and saving lives. Contact ATI to learn more