First Certified Intrinsically Safe Radiation Detector introduced for First Responders
Copyright 2005 Business Wire, Inc.
SAN JOSE, Calif. — RAE Systems Inc. (AMEX:RAE), a leading global developer and manufacturer of rapidly-deployable, multi-sensor chemical and radiation detection monitors and networks for homeland security and industrial applications, today announces the launch of a personal radiation detector (PRD) that is certified as intrinsically safe. Intrinsically safe devices are specifically designed and certified to be safe to use in hazardous environments. This feature is critical for first responders working in unknown environmental conditions. The detection instrument, the GammaRAE II, detects gamma radiation at extremely low levels and is designed to alert first responders to the presence of radioactive material and aid in the capture of illicit "dirty bomb" materials. Designed as a front-line security device, this product provides life-critical, real-time detection of hidden radiation sources and delivers instantaneous feedback to law enforcement personnel including municipal police departments, border check-point personnel, hazmat teams, fire fighters and cargo port screeners.
"The threat of radiation exposure, whether by weapons, nuclear materials, or medical waste is always present. This instrument has intrinsic safety certification for Class 1, Division 1, Groups A, B, C, and D hazardous area classifications," said Rudy Mui, vice president of marketing for RAE Systems. "This certification is critical for first responders, HAZMAT teams, firemen, and law enforcement, and this is the only product of this type on the market that has intrinsic safety certification."
Being certified intrinsically safe for Class 1, Division 1, Groups A, B, C, and D means that the GammaRAE II will not initiate an explosion in environments where flammable gases, vapors or liquids containing acetylene, hydrogen, ethylene, propane or derivatives of those chemicals are present. This is important for responding to incidents at chemical and industrial facilities, as well as other locations where these chemicals might be used or stored.
The GammaRAE II is designed for use in rough environments. It is immersible (IP-67) in water, for easy decontamination, and a concussion-proof case provides shock protection if the detector is dropped. The two-button operation is designed for use even in Level A protection suits with two layers of gloves.
The GammaRAE II features a fast, two-second response time. This is critical when searching for a radioactive source and is a much faster and more sensitive response than those typically seen in dosimeters. The GammaRAE II also has multiple alarm modes with bright flashing LEDs and loud audible and vibration alerts. Alarm modes can be set to operate in "Search Mode" based on local background radiation levels or "Safety Mode" providing high and low alarm levels based on absolute dose rates.
The intrinsically safe GammaRAE II will be available on December 6, 2005 for $995.00. The instruments can be ordered from any RAE Systems Distributor. For more information please refer to the datasheets at www.raesystems.com, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-877-723-2878.
About RAE Systems
RAE Systems is a leading global developer and manufacturer of rapidly deployable, multi-sensor chemical detection monitors and networks for homeland security and industrial applications. In addition, RAE Systems offers a full line of portable single-sensor chemical and radiation detection products. RAE Systems' products enable the military and first responders such as firefighters, law enforcement and other emergency management personnel to detect and provide early warning of weapons of mass destruction and other hazardous materials. Industrial applications include the detection of toxic industrial chemicals, volatile organic compounds and petrochemicals. RAE Systems' products are used by many U.S. government agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, and the Department of State, as well as all branches of the U.S. military, and by numerous city and state agencies. Our end users also include many of the world's leading corporations in the airline, automotive, computer and oil industries. Our products are used in civilian and government atmospheric monitoring programs in over 50 countries. For more information about RAE Systems, please visit www.RAESystems.com
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