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
The Polaron F10+ provides real-time detection of airborne biological threats and other aerosolized anomalies. It rapidly and reliably detects all four classes of biological agents (spores, toxins, viruses, and bacteria) at low concentrations, with low false-alarm rates. By combining state-of-the-art patented polarized elastic light scattering and laser-induced fluorescence, the Polaron® can detect small particles with weak fluorescence properties, down to 0.5 micron sensitivity, while rejecting commonly occurring non-biologic fluorescing material that can cause false alarms in legacy detectors. Read More
2-way communication via RS232, RS485 or ethernet
Inverted inlet cap option to allow inverted mounting position
2. Collect and transport samples
When a potential threat is detected, it is essential to quickly collect a sample for identification. Collection and analysis is costly, requiring trained responders to gather and securely transport samples. When collecting on a schedule, many unnecessary samples are taken, further adding to costs while increasing the time to identify a present threat. Using Polaron® as a trigger to respond only when a threat is detected not only saves time and money, but it reduces the time between the event and confirmatory identification of the threat presence.
- Only sample when a threat is detected – Fewer samples reduces costs. Reduced panic caused if sampling in public spaces by only sampling when needed.
- Improved efficiency – Efficient timeline between the event and confirmatory identification of a threat presence.
- Transport threat sample – Transport the sample from the hot zone to a remote location.
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 spherical filter and pneumatically transported via tubing to a remote collection kiosk (up to several kilometers away) for either analysis and identification of the threat or for archiving. The system operates autonomously with auto filter reloading to a sampling schedule, or it can respond immediately to a “trigger” from a real-time biological or chemical sensor to collect a sample when a potential threat is detected. 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