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Worldwide Need Grows for Thermal Matrix Suicide Bomb Detection

Washington, DC, July 16, 2011 --( Incidents of suicide bomb attacks continued this week, including an explosion that killed five French soldiers in eastern Afghanistan, and another deadly attack at a memorial service for Ahmed Wali Karzai, the half brother of Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai.

NATO confirmed the Wednesday attack in the Kapisa province that claimed five soldiers, without specifying nationalities of the victims. France later confirmed the identities of the dead, making the attack one of the country's worst single day losses in the war.

The terror extended to another suicide attack Thursday morning at a memorial service for President Karzai’s half brother, who was shot dead earlier this week inside his home by a man he knew well and apparently trusted. As the distinguished guests stood to leave a prayer service and attend lunch, a bomb hidden inside a man’s turban exploded, killing at least four and wounding 15 others. Among the dead is a young child.

“American men and women are putting their lives on the line to stabilize this very dangerous part of the world, and with incidents of suicide bombings increasing we need to do more to keep them safe,” said Richard Salem, founder and CEO of threat detection maker Thermal Matrix International. “We’ve seen a steady increase in the use of suicide bombings this year. The risk of Americans falling victim to a suicide bomber is already great and increasingly growing.”

Thermal Matrix is a leading researcher and developer in the field of PBIED (Person-Borne Improvised Explosive Device) attacks. Its ACT system provides standoff detection of suicide bombers without terrorists realizing they are under surveillance.

“The ability of our ACT system to covertly provide standoff detection before terrorists can reach their intended target is a key feature we need to utilize wherever Americans are in danger,” Salem said.

This week’s attacks are just the latest in a string of suicide bombings that Thermal Matrix technology can prevent. Through the power of thermal imagers, the ACT system is able to provide security forces with an extra layer of detection, allowing them to see what a suicide bomber is hiding beneath their clothing, long before he or she reaches the intended target.

Portability and ease of setup are also major attributes to the ACT system. The system is designed to be used by a single operator, indoors or out. With a set-up time of less than ten minutes, ACT is designed for multiple applications in a wide range of environments. In addition, there are no privacy concerns, as infrared imagers are not x-rays, but instead analyze the surface of clothing.

“We need to detect and stop terrorists long before they can strike,” Salem said. “Fortunately, Thermal Matrix technology can provide this early warning, and we remain ready to deploy these systems wherever necessary to stop this growing trend of tragedy.”

More information on Thermal Matrix and the ACT Suicide Bomb Detection System can be found at

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