SOURCE: Ahura Scientific

January 28, 2008 08:05 ET

Ahura Scientific Expands FirstDefender Threat Identification Capability With Library Update

Latest Software Release Also Increases Language Capabilities

WILMINGTON, MA--(Marketwire - January 28, 2008) - Ahura Scientific, Inc., a leader in handheld systems for chemical identification, today announced DecisionEngine MX 2.6, the latest software update for the company's flagship product FirstDefender™. With this release, Ahura Scientific has augmented the number of substances in the chemical library and expanded the language capabilities of the product.

Specifically, FirstDefender's library has been increased from 4,100 to more than 6,500 unique chemical signatures to help further protect against threats from chemical weapons, explosives and their precursors, narcotics, toxic industrial chemicals (TICs) and more.

Ahura Scientific enables its customers to identify the most dangerous threats to public safety. The company works hand-in-hand with users around the world -- from national laboratories and active military deployments to post-event response teams -- ensuring its identification capabilities evolve to address emerging threats. FirstDefender's easy software and library update process enables the data library for an entire fleet of units to be quickly updated with new threat agents as they're released.

As Ahura Scientific continues to expand globally, it has also become increasingly important to provide native language interfaces for its international customers. To meet this requirement, DecisionEngine MX 2.6 is available in five languages: English, French, German, Spanish and Japanese.

"We're continuously developing improvements in functionality and expanding our libraries to better meet our customers' needs," said Doug Kahn, chairman and CEO of Ahura Scientific, Inc. "The increase in FirstDefender's library of chemicals -- as well as the ability to support five languages -- helps ensure that first responders are better equipped with the appropriate tools to swiftly and safely respond to hazardous situations."

FirstDefender is a lightweight, rugged instrument for immediate identification of unknown solids and liquids, including narcotics, TICs, toxic industrial materials (TIMs), explosives and more. Certified to MIL-STD 810F specifications for ruggedness, FirstDefender offers the superior performance, portability, accuracy and durability required by today's military and civilian first responders.

DecisionEngine MX 2.6 is now available for all Ahura Scientific customers with active support contracts, which include software and library updates, hardware warranty, and 24/7 customer support for around the clock access to Ahura Scientific's technical team.

For more information about DecisionEngine MX 2.6, contact Ahura Scientific Customer Support:

800.374.1992 Domestic toll-free

978.642.1100 International

About Ahura Scientific, Inc.

Ahura Scientific Inc. develops rugged, ultra-compact, field-enabled optical systems for the immediate identification and authentication of liquid and solid chemical substances. Customers include agencies and companies in the homeland security, life sciences, industrial and medical markets. Manufactured in the USA in an ISO 9001-certified facility, the company's products offer exceptional portability and unparalleled performance. For more information, visit

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