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Thermal Matrix Condemns Wave of Suicide Bomb Attacks, Offers Technology That Can Prevent Tragedy

Washington, DC, April 12, 2012 --( Suicide bomb blasts continue to cause tragedy around the world, with the most recent attack claiming 38 lives on Easter Sunday in Nigeria, and another taking ten lives in Somalia.

“Thermal Matrix condemns these acts of terror, and remains committed to helping prevent these tragedies from recurring,” said Richard Salem, founder and CEO of Thermal Matrix International, a U.S. company that develops products designed to aid in advance warning of a suicide bomb attack. “Terrorists will continue to use suicide bombs until we demonstrate we have the means to stop them,” he said.

The Easter attack in Nigeria came on a busy road Sunday morning in Kaduna, the capital of Kaduna State. Witnesses told authorities it appeared a car driver was aiming for a compound of churches holding Easter services, before veering off and exploding, leaving a wide swath of damage that tore the roofs off buildings, shattered windows, and damaged two nearby churches.

In Somalia, the government blames that attack on a lone female suicide bomber. The explosion inside the country’s newly reopened national theatre came just as Somalia's prime minister, Abdiweli Mohamed Ali, was about to speak. He escaped injury, but the blast killed the presidents of Somalia’s Olympic committee and soccer football federation.

“Because of attacks like these we are seeing great interest from many parts of the world, including areas where Americans are at risk,” Salem said. “It is now more critical than ever that we deploy our life saving technology in all high target areas.”

Thermal Matrix produces systems designed to aid in detection of PBIEDs (person-borne improvised explosive devices), by adding color analysis and target tracking to the capabilities of infrared sensors. The company’s ACT system displays and controls multiple scenes in a single command post, improving the efficiency of advance threat detection. Additional features provide the ability to record, review, and archive scene images.

“A chief attribute of Thermal Matrix technology is the ability to aid security forces in standoff detection of plastic, liquid, powder and gel explosives, long before a potential terrorist can reach his target,” said Thermal Matrix President and COO Fernando Faria. “By highlighting an area of interest in the infrared imagery, we can aid in the advance warning necessary to prevent tragedy.”

Portable systems are designed for quick set-up and deployment in remote locations, providing advance warning wherever it is needed, indoors and out. Although the system aids in detecting what is hidden beneath clothing, it is not an x-ray. That means there are no invasion of privacy concerns since the technology does not depict any anatomical features.

More information on Thermal Matrix International and its technology can be found at
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