BBI Detection are working to develop products that detect trace levels of Chemical Warfare Agents (CWAs) at levels far below what would affect the human body. The patented colorimetric technology we have licensed from Cardiff University will bring an unparalleled level of sensitivity and specificity for a colorimetric system for detection of CWA agents and will yield very low false alarm rates, giving you results you can count on.

Chemical Warfare Agent Detection IMASS™

BBI Detection are undertaking a development to bring to the market a Chemical Warfare Agent detection system that utilises our innovative IMASS™ Platform. The IMASS™ system’s ease of use and rugged design allows for easy use while fully encumbered and will provide a rapid identification of agent category including the differentiation between GA and the other G agents. The IMASS™ platform also retains sufficient sample that can be used for further forensic analysis.

Chemical Warfare Agent Detection “Swab”

In parallel utilising the same patented colorimetric technology licensed from Cardiff University, we are developing a simple to use and low cost swab system for post decontamination checks.

The swabs will be extremely easy to operate, requiring only a few minutes of training. The operator removes a swab, samples the surface or liquid and then the operator cracks the snap valve at the top of the swab which releases the unique chemistries onto the swab tip. If agent is present a colour change will occur rapidly. The simplicity of operation removes the need for recurring training. The label on the swab provides colour codes for reading the detection, which eliminates the need for operator manuals in the hot zone.

The BBI Detection CWA Swab is a multi-purpose system that can be used in a number of military and emergency first response scenarios including:

  • Verification after suspected chemical agent attack
  • Triage of people and equipment prior to the decontamination process
  • Verification of effectiveness of decontamination procedures

The systems in development will be:

  • Reliable – with nL levels of sensitivity
  • Accurate – Extremely low false positive and negative rates
  • Simple – Training completed in less than 5 minutes
  • Fast – Detection results appear within 4 minutes
  • Complementary – Provides validation of results from orthogonal sensors