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SMITHS DETECTION'S HazMatID ELITE RECEIVES SILVER AWARD FOR PORTABLE ANALYTICAL INSTRUMENT DESIGN

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EDGEWOOD, MD., Sept. 20, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Smiths Detection HazMatID Elite has received the Portable Analytical Instrument Industrial Design Silver Award from Instrument Business Outlook (IBO) during their 20th Annual Industrial Design Awards.

HazMatID Elite is the next generation of the HazMatID, one of the world's most widely used field-portable solid and liquid chemical identifiers. HazMatID Elite uses Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) to detect hazardous chemicals and biological substances in one minute or less. It can identify and categorize thousands of materials, including chemical warfare agents, explosives, toxic industrial chemicals, narcotics, and suspicious powders, among other dangerous chemical classes.

Lance Roncalli, Vice President of Sales, Americas and U.S. Managing Director for Smiths Detection commented: "HazMatID Elite's lightweight design and easy-to-use chemical analysis tools were developed specifically with the needs of military personnel and emergency responders in mind. Its portability and advanced functionality helps responders react quickly and detect unknown hazardous substances in emergency situations."
IBO is published by Strategic Directions International, Inc., a leading source of information related to analytical and life science instrumentation and equipment for laboratory and on-site applications. Award recipients were selected based on their industrial design and recognized for their outstanding achievements in innovation, aesthetics, features and functionality in the products created for consumers and businesses.

For HazMatID Elite specifications, please visit: http://www.smithsdetection.com/en/products-solutions/chemical-identification/57-chemical-identification/hazmatid-elite.html

For the IBO Design award citation for HazMatID Elite, please visit here.

Smiths Detection designs and makes advanced solutions to detect and identify threats including explosives, chemical agents, biohazards, nuclear, radiation, narcotics, weapons and contraband. A market leader worldwide in providing layered security technologies, Smiths Detection has major plants in three U.S. states. It partners federal and state government agencies and first responders to strengthen homeland security and safeguard the military. Major customers include the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It is part of Smiths Group, a global leader in the practical application of advanced technologies. Smiths Group employs around 23,000 people, including more than 9,000 in the U.S. where it operates around 100 sites in 40 states.

CONTACT: Chad Kolton, Blueprint Communications, 571-414-0730, chad@blueprintcomms.com Dana Knox-Gower, Smiths Detection, Director of Communications & Marketing for the Americas, 203-207-9726, dana.gower@smithsdetection.com

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