National security advisor Sir Mark Sedwill presented the thirteenth annual ADS Security Innovation Award to Agilent Technologies on the opening day of Security & Policing 2018 in Farnborough. The company won the award for Resolve, its handheld chemical identification system which rapidly detects explosives, narcotics and hazardous materials through sealed, opaque containers. This capability allows information to be gathered quickly without opening suspicious containers, and also serves to enable far better critical decision-making.
Smith Myers Communications was awarded the runners-up position in the competition for its Artemis product, which accurately locates and communicates with missing persons in remote areas through their mobile phone.
Two further companies were highly commended in the ADS Security Innovation Awards: CameraForensics for exploitation of photographic metadata in countering theft, fraud and child exploitation and OpenWorks Engineering for the company’s “revolutionary” SkyWall counter-drone net capture system.
Dr Paul Loeffen, director of Raman Spectroscopy at Agilent Technologies, said: “We’re delighted to receive this award for security innovation. Resolve’s through-barrier detection capability is a real game-changer in handheld chemical detection. We’ve seen an exceptional level of interest since the system was introduced in 2016.”
Loeffen added: “Resolve systems are now deployed globally, and indeed in all of the key areas for which the product was originally developed, specifically hazmat, military (EOD and CBRN), law enforcement (narcotics and explosives detection) and customs applications at ports and borders.”
ADS CEO Paul Everitt explained: “These awards celebrate the best of innovation in the security sector and I congratulate Agilent Technologies on its win. The UK’s security sector is going from strength to strength, enjoying rapid growth in turnover and exports, and has world-leading expertise to offer customers both at home and overseas. Innovative companies like Agilent Technologies, CameraForensics and OpenWorks Engineering are generating thousands of high-value jobs across the UK and making a significant contribution to public safety as well as national prosperity.”
Security & Policing 2018 ran at the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre from 6 to 8 March, affording myriad UK companies in the security sector the opportunity to showcase their products and capabilities to UK and international customers.