The age of globalization is increasing the volume of goods moved and traded around the world at a rapid rate. In this context, checking for dangerous and illegal substances such as drugs and explosives is becoming ever more important. A vast array of different explosive detection technologies is currently used to search for these dangerous and illicit substances.
The Drugs and Explosives detector (DE-tector) facilitates fast and sensitive detection of the most common explosives such as inorganic and organic nitrates, aromatic nitro compounds, nitramines and organic peroxides. Surfaces such as luggage, laptops and cargo packages, can be easily wiped using special glass fiber coated sampling strips and a strip holder. Dedicated software algorithms and a reference library provide automatic detection of explosives at trace concentrations (low ng range) on many different surfaces.