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Sensors trigger real-time bio-attack alerts

04 December 2018

Air Techniques International (ATI) is offering US airport authorities sensors to detect spores, bacteria, viruses, and toxins such as anthrax.

Discussions are under way, although no contracts had been confirmed at the time of writing. ATI has already supplied sensors for the Pentagon, the Statue of Liberty, and various Amtrak rail premises.

The sensors trigger alarms in real time and samples are sent to nearby laboratories for testing. Sensors can be integrated into air-conditioning systems that recycle air into airports, allowing them to detect pathogens and quickly alert managers so they can close doors, isolate or move passengers, or take other mitigation.

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