Agilent Technologies’ Resolve system wins ADS Security Innovation Award for 2018

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.

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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