May 19, 2008 06:30 ET

DualDraw Collaborates With Smiths Detection to Market Advanced Suite of Mail Screening Products

Integrated System Helps Protect Mail Center Personnel From Breathing Suspicious White Powders While Warning of Explosives or Chemicals in the Mail Stream

DENVER, CO--(Marketwire - May 19, 2008) - DualDraw, LLC and Smiths Detection announced today that the two companies have agreed to market an advanced suite of mail security solutions. The initial product will be a mail screening system that integrates DualDraw's downdraft air filtration tables and booths with Smiths Detection's state-of-the-art hand-held chemical and explosives trace detectors.

This advanced mail screening platform, marketed as AirCHX, uses DualDraw's patented symmetrical airflow and HEPA filtration design combined with Smiths Detection's hand-held Ion Mobility Spectrometry (IMS) trace detection equipment. The system helps protect breathing zones through negative air-pressure downdraft and provides an audible and visual warning if explosives or toxic chemicals are detected. A wide range of solutions will be available to customers, varying in price from $4,000 to $45,000.

"We're very pleased to be working with a recognized industry leader like Smiths Detection on this important safety and security issue. Chemical, biological, and explosive substances sent through the mail system are a significant threat to the nine million Americans working in the mail industry," said Dan Prather, Senior Vice President of DualDraw.

The DualDraw AirCHX mail inspection platform will incorporate one of the following Smiths Detection hand-held detection units: SABRE FR, SABRE 4000 or HGVI. Air will be continuously transferred from the platform to the detection instrument for analysis. Additionally, the detection instrument can be quickly removed to more closely inspect suspicious packages for explosives, narcotics or dangerous chemical agents.

Cherif Rizkalla, President of Smiths Detection, Americas, said, "As a leading supplier of trace detection equipment around the world, it is exciting to find new synergies that can be achieved through partnerships, as in this case with DualDraw. We look forward to offering mail handlers a practical solution that will increase the security of their work environment."

The first deployments of the new integrated units were to several government agencies including: the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, a U.S. Air Force base, the State of Colorado, and the California Administrative Office of the Courts.

Expanded Mailroom Screening Product Suite Under Development

In addition to the current products available, DualDraw and Smiths Detection are jointly developing an expanded suite of advanced mail screening solutions that when complete, will provide mail handlers with protection and detection capabilities for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives (CBRNE) threats.

Product Demonstration at the National Postal Forum - Anaheim, CA

The DualDraw and Smiths integrated mailroom inspection table will be featured and demonstrated May 18-21 at the 2008 National Postal Forum in Anaheim, California, booth number 1222.

About DualDraw

DualDraw, a GSA contract holder, manufactures air quality equipment for industrial and homeland security use. Utilizing a patented symmetrical airflow design, DualDraw equipment protects breathing zones of workers performing potentially hazardous activities. As an established provider of air quality equipment, DualDraw has provided solutions to many Fortune 500 and government customers. Additional information may be found at DualDraw's website at

About Smiths Detection

Smiths Detection is part of the global technology business Smiths Group. It offers advanced integrated security solutions for customers in civil and military markets worldwide and is a leading technology developer and manufacturer of sensors that detect and identify explosives, chemical and biological agents, weapons, and contraband. Its advanced technology security solutions also include Smiths Heimann x-ray imaging systems, millimeter-wave technology and a specialist software supply business for the management of large sensor and video surveillance networks. Separate business units focus on related products for the life sciences, and food manufacturing industries. For more information visit:

Contact Information

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    Bevo Beaven
    CTA Integrated Communications for DualDraw, LLC
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    David Olsen
    Coltrin & Associates for Smiths Detection
    212-221-1616 ext. 118
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    Susan Cooper-Curcio
    Smiths Detection
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