MADISON, Wis., July 3, 2017 — Platypus Technologies, LLC, a designer and manufacturer of innovative products for accurate chemical and biotech measurements, announced today that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded the company a new contract worth $100,000 to develop wearable chemical badge sensors. The contract is in addition to the $1M award that Platypus Technologies received from the Army Research Office to integrate its state of the art sensors into unmanned vehicles (drones).
The DHS’s vital mission is to secure the US nation and keep it safe from the many threats it faces. To enable them to execute their task successfully, they are working with more than 240,000 employees in jobs that range from aviation, border security, emergency response, cyber security, to chemical facility inspection.
The wearable chemical badge sensors are capable of detecting at least four of the targeted high priority Toxic Industrial Chemicals (TICs). The badge will be designed to be worn by first responders and will provide a visible and auditory alarm if TICs are present at a dangerous level. The suite of Platypus Chemical Sensors™ offer unique advantages over other technologies, including high sensitivity and selectivity, ultra-fast response times, stability over a wide range of environmental conditions, and minimal interference from other gases.
Nicholas Abbott, founder/CEO of Platypus Technologies, LLC stated, “We are grateful that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security recognizes the far-reaching impact of our new liquid crystal based chemical badge sensors. The DHS contract is quite useful for us since it is well-aligned with our product goals and it is a stepping stone to a Phase II contract.”
The contract will run through 4Q2017.
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