Implant Sciences sells 25 explosives detectors to Africa


Homeland security and defence company Implant Sciences Corporation has sold 25 Quantum Sniffer QS-H150 explosives trace detectors for use in infrastructure protection in Africa. Last month the company sold the device to ASL Airline Services in Nigeria.

Implant Sciences said the QS-H150s would primarily be deployed to protect government buildings from terrorist threats. The company’s Quantum Sniffers are increasingly being used in Africa and have been proven to perform well in a wide range of temperatures and environments from humid jungles to dry, sand swept deserts.
“We are very pleased with the increasing traction we are experiencing in the African market. Implant Sciences’ Quantum Sniffers have gained a well-deserved reputation for reliability and ease of use. Our growing reputation as a preferred security equipment provider is translating into sales from new customers,” stated Glenn D. Bolduc, Implant Sciences’ President and CEO. “We believe Africa has the potential to generate substantial additional sales for Implant Sciences in the near future.”
“This sizeable order indicates that our sales, distribution, and service infrastructure is increasingly effective at winning contracts throughout Africa. With continued shipments in the banking, hotel, and aviation security markets, our units have proven their ability to perform in extreme environments,” added Implant Sciences’ Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing, Dr. Darryl Jones.

Last month Implant Sciences announced that ASL Airline Services would use the Quantum Sniffer QS-H150 system to screen food and beverage service carts on aircraft. ASL caters 700 flight handlings per month for airlines including British Airways, Delta, Lufthansa, Air France and numerous others.

Implant Sciences made the Nigerian sale through Lagos-based A C Belgrave, an in-country distributor for Implant Sciences’ products.
“We’ve been anticipating increased demand for our Quantum Sniffers in Nigeria and throughout Africa. This sale affirms we are building traction and we expect this trend to continue,” said Bolduc.

In January Implant Sciences announced that Rwanda had bought its Quantum Sniffer QS-H150 portable explosives trace detectors for use by its Presidential Guard Unit.

The sales were made through one of Implant Sciences’ US-based distributors, Security Detection Inc.

The QS-H150 is a handheld explosives trace detector that uses Ion Mobility Spectrometry (IMS) to rapidly detect and identify trace amounts of a wide variety of military, commercial, and homemade explosives. It is able to detect the presence of parts per trillion (ppt) of explosives molecules without physical contact.

The device takes 15 minutes to warm up and between 1 and 5 seconds to detect a variety of explosives, including Semtex, C4, RDX, NC, PETN, EGDN, TNT, Dynamite, HMX ANFO, smokeless powder, black powder, and others. Its database can be expanded if required, according to Implant Sciences.