New Applications Include Use in Monitoring Contaminated Water Supplies
Markland Technologies, Inc., an integrated homeland security company, announced a series of new market applications for its government-approved ACADA chemical detection unit. It is expected that these additional market applications will help to expand the use of the ACADA system to protect against some of the largest bioterrorism threats facing the world today.
The ACADA unit is a flexible chemical detection device, which employs Ion Mobility Spectroscopy (IMS). It is presently designed and utilized to detect all classic nerve and blister agents as well as other chemical warfare agent (CWA) vapors. It can be modified in design to detect other hazardous chemical agents in either gas or liquid state via vapor conversion. For example, the ACADA unit can easily monitor large water reservoir supplies, simply by converting a sample of the water to vapor state and analyzing the vapor. Markland's ACADA unit has demonstrated remarkable sensitivity in parts per billion resolution, as well as a low false alarm rate, in numerous military and industrial applications.
Contaminated water is a significant threat, and harmful chemical agents can cause catastrophic effects to a person's health, in addition to a detrimental effect on the economy of a region. Markland plans on marketing its ACADA system, capable of detecting tiny particles of harmful vapors, to provide a further safeguard to our nation's water supply. According to the Washington Times, Al Qaida threatened to attack the United States water supplies last year. The Department of Homeland Security has recently announced $118 million in their budget to enhance current environmental monitoring activities. Markland believes its product is amongst a very small group of technologies capable of tackling this serious threat.