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Thermal Matrix Technology Designed to Prevent Attacks Similar to Suicide Bombing at U.S. Embassy in Turkey

Washington, DC, February 03, 2013 --( Just outside the U.S. Embassy building in Ankara, Turkey, a suicide bomber detonated explosives strapped to his body, killing himself and a security guard, and destroying the entrance. The U.S. State Department condemned the attack, and says several U.S. and Turkish staff members were also injured.

“Suicide bombers such as this need to be stopped before they can take innocent lives,” says Richard Salem, CEO of Thermal Matrix International, a developer of technologies that improve the ability to spot a suicide bomber in advance of an attack. “Fortunately, there are products now available with capabilities to detect potential bombers before they reach their intended target.”

In this latest incident the terrorist was able to make his way into an embassy gatehouse where identification cards are checked, without prior detection or intervention. At that point he set off the explosives, in a blast that could be heard more than a mile away.

"Coming after Benghazi, it underscores the need for a comprehensive review of security at our diplomatic posts," said Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. In issuing this statement he called the attack “another stark reminder of the constant terrorist threat against U.S. facilities, personnel and interests abroad."

Thermal Matrix develops technologies that improve the stand-off capabilities of infrared sensors, giving greater ability to detect explosives that a terrorist may conceal beneath clothing. This stand-off capability gives security forces the additional distance and time they need to intervene before tragedy strikes.

The Thermal Matrix ACT2 System integrates with infrared sensors, expanding on their abilities. The system improves concealed object threat detection through target identification, target tracking, and color analysis of potential person-borne improvised explosive devices (PBIEDs). ACT2 also provides ability to display and control the imagery of multiple sensors, adding DVR functions so scenes can quickly be reviewed or archived. All of these features combine to improve the operator’s ability to use IR sensors for concealed object detection.

Most recently, Thermal Matrix added the IP-500 to its line, technology that provides the same features as the complete ACT2 system, but is designed as an add-on component where infrared sensors are already deployed. Added capabilities for the IP-500 also include wireless control and image stabilization.

Additional information on Thermal Matrix technology and products can be found on the company’s website,
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Chris Jadick
(813) 222-3204

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