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UK: Border Control UK Border Force to Use Agilent Systems for Detection of Hazards

| Editor: Alexander Stark

Agilent announced that UK Border Force is now using the company’s handheld Raman system, to detect bulk chemicals through opaque packages and containers. This system detects benign, hazardous, or illegal shipments.

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Agilent's Resolve, the handheld Raman system
Agilent's Resolve, the handheld Raman system
(Source: Agilent)

Santa Clara/USA — The Resolve system’s through-barrier technology — known as spatially offset Raman spectroscopy (SORS)— enables customs and border officers to identify a broad range of threats through opaque and colored containers and packaging materials thereby reducing risk of exposure to harmful materials. These include explosives, toxic chemicals, narcotics and chemical warfare agents.

In scenarios where hazardous materials may be present, opening or disturbing containers can increase risk to the operator and, in some cases, the public. The system enables safer operation, keeping hazards contained, reducing or removing the need to take samples.

Dr. Robert Stokes, the head of Detection and Security, Raman Spectroscopy, at Agilent, said that his company was working closely with UK Border Force as they deploy Resolve systems across the UK, providing comprehensive training sessions as well as specialist Reachback support. This deployment is part of a multi-million-pound framework agreement between the UK Home Office and Agilent Technologies.

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