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Applicability of Portable Explosive Detection Devices in Transit Environments
Applicability of Portable Explosive Detection Devices in Transit Environments
Report Number: R-086 Volume 06
With the current high level of security awareness in the transit environment and the considerable proportion of bomb threats that are hoaxes, law-enforcement and transit-security officials need decision-making tools to investigate threats before taking action.  The use of technology is one option for safely investigating bomb threats.  Some transit agencies deploy bomb-sniffing canine unites, but the dogs can only work a short period of time before they are fatigue.  This report addresses the need to determine the usefulness of existing portable explosive detection devices (EDDs) in a transit environment .  The technology is predicated on trace-vapor detection of explosive residues using mobility spectrometry.

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