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New Airline Bomb Plot Highlights Need for Thermal Matrix Threat Detection Technology

Washington, DC, May 10, 2012 --( In a move designed to slip an explosive device past metal detectors, terrorists in Yemen are accused of plotting to bomb a jetliner bound for the United States. The device seized in this latest plot is said to be much more technologically advanced than earlier devices, and highlights a growing need for more capable detection systems.

"This is a device that was more sophisticated, had some fail-safes built into it, and it was something that concerns us,” House Intelligence Committee chairman Mike Rogers told CNN. “It tells us that they brought some very capable people together to build something.”

Thermal Matrix International (TMI) develops threat detection technology designed to alert security to a potential suicide bomber, by detecting plastic, powder, liquid and gel explosives that metal detectors often cannot identify, all in real time, and at standoff distances.

“This most recent bomb attempt illustrates what we have known, that terrorists are actively looking for ways to circumvent current detection capabilities, and advanced technology is always a necessity,” said Richard Salem, CEO of TMI. “Our work is focused on these advancing technologies, and providing products that are currently available to prevent tragedy.”

The company’s ACT Threat Detection System is an example of current capabilities. ACT integrates with infrared sensors, expanding on their abilities and providing security forces with an extra layer of detection long before a suspected terrorist can cause harm. ACT aids in concealed object threat detection through target identification, target tracking, and color analysis of potential PBIEDs (person-borne improvised explosive devices). The system also displays and controls the imagery of multiple sensors, adding the ability to record, review, and archive scenes at a safe distance. All of these features combine to improve the infrared sensor’s ability to provide advance threat detection.

The Thermal Matrix ACT Threat Detection System is portable, 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.

If the most recent airline plot is any indication, TMI technology will increasingly be in need as suspected terrorist activities continue. President Barack Obama was briefed on the plot last month, and a White House statement indicates this "underscores the necessity of remaining vigilant against terrorism here and abroad.”

More information on Thermal Matrix International and its technology can be found at
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Chris Jadick
(813) 222-3204

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