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Thermal Matrix International Condemns Suicide Bomb Attack at Bus Station

Washington, DC, February 20, 2015 --( A suicide bomber blew herself up in a crowded bus station in Nigeria this past weekend, killing 13 people and wounding many more. It is the type of attack that Thermal Matrix International threat detection technology is designed to prevent.

This latest incident of terrorism came in the northeastern Nigerian city of Damaturu. In addition to those killed, 30 more were wounded. The attack is being blamed on Boko Haram, the Islamist group that has frequently used women and girls as suicide bombs.

“In this case the woman’s body was packed with explosives as she entered the city’s main bus station, exactly the type of person-borne improvised explosive device attack that our systems can detect,” said Richard Salem, CEO of Thermal Matrix International. “TMI technology provides the means for security forces to see what is going to happen before tragedy strikes. These are important detection and intervention tools that can save lives.”

The key to TMI’s technology is improved stand-off capability that provides security forces with the extra time they need to detect and intervene before a suicide bomber reaches an intended destination. Through the use of infrared sensors security personnel have greater ability to see what a person may be hiding beneath their clothing, the difference between an ordinary person and a terrorist in disguise.

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.

“As we have seen with the recent incidents including the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, terrorists are continuing to change their methods of operations, and security forces around the world must remain vigilant,” Salem said. “We’re here to help, with systems that are continually refined and improved to offer the greatest security and safety possible.”

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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