Smiths Detection helps secure NATO Summit

Equipment from Hemel Hempstead Business Ambassador Smiths Detection  was used to help provide security and protect the attendance at the recent  NATO summit.

The summit, held in Brussels, was attended by heads of states of many of the world’s most powerful nations. The European Commission Counter-Terrorism Unit and Belgian Federal Police deployed a number of their solutions at key locations through the city to detect potential threats from explosives, chemicals and radiation.

Three different types of trace detectors were used during the summit: TRACE-PRO to reveal traces of explosives on people, vehicles and surfaces; LCD personal chemical detectors; and the portable, desktop IONSCAN 600, which detects and identifies trace amounts of both explosives and narcotics.

Hand-held RadSeeker and HazMatID Elite systems were also deployed to detect and identify any nuclear threat materials as well as liquid and solid chemicals.

As Head of Market Richard Thompson explains, Smiths Detection’s involvement in this year’s Summit is a continuation of their relationship with the European Commission to provide security equipment.

“We have been working with the European Commission for several years, providing equipment to help ensure the security of highly sensitive events,” explained Richard. “As part of the Commission’s threat detection trial programme, our solutions are regularly used in several law enforcement and rail security projects and at top level conferences.”

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