Block Engineering Announces a Suite of Product Offerings for Protection against Terrorist Chemical Attacks
Marlborough, MA – December 2, 2015
Block Engineering offers a suite of products that can be used to protect against terrorist chemical threats. With increasing terrorist attacks throughout the world and knowledge that chemical warfare weapons are accessible to and in the hands of terrorist groups, the threat of chemical attacks continues to increase.
Block is one of the leading US manufacturers of chemical detection sensors and such systems have been offered to the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community for decades. "Block Engineering is uniquely positioned to provide these sensors to US and foreign governments for chemical security against terrorism," said Dr. Petros Kotidis, Block's CEO. "Advances in laser technology and signal processing algorithms have enabled detection of dangerous chemicals, such as chemical warfare agents and toxic industrial gases, at very low concentrations. We are very excited to offer these life-saving products during the current difficult times."
Block's flagship products for critical infrastructure protection are:
LaserWarn™: A recently introduced system, which uses eye-safe, unique, invisible, infrared Quantum Cascade Lasers (QCLs) that create a "trip wire" against threatening chemicals. Covering distances as long as 2-3 km, the system alarms in less than 1 sec, when a dangerous chemical crosses the trip wire beams anywhere in the protected area. The system provides the most sensitive, standoff chemical detection available today and can operate indoors or outdoors on a continuous 24/7 mode with no consumables.
PORTHOS™: A portable, standoff sensor, which can detect an oncoming, released chemical cloud at distances as long as 3-5 km, providing enough warning time to respond and protect the facility. PORTHOS uses Block's unique rapid scan Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectrometer in a passive detection configuration. The system can be used either as a portable detector or installed at a fixed location on a tripod or a scanner for complete area coverage. Indoors or outdoors operations are available with no consumables.
"Since 1956, Block has been a leader in standoff chemical detection," said Dr. Daniel Cavicchio, Block Engineering's Chairman. "For decades, our systems have been used to protect critical installations and our new product offerings, including the new class of QCLs, are now enabling even more capabilities to protect the public against terrorist threats."
Both LaserWarn and PORTHOS have built-in chemical libraries of all the chemical threats, which could also be expanded to include new, emerging threats and potentially also be used to detect vapors from explosives, such as Triacetone Triperoxide (TATP), recently used in terrorist attacks.
About Block Engineering, LLC
Block Engineering is, LLC. is a developer of high performance mid-infrared (IR) spectrometers to commercial, industrial, military and government customers. Our security and surveillance products are used by the Intelligence Community and the Department of Defense to protect critical infrastructure from chemical terrorist attacks and remotely survey areas for chemical threats. Block's headquarters and manufacturing operations are located in Marlborough, Massachusetts.