SOURCE: Universal Detection Technology

October 17, 2008 16:00 ET

Universal Detection Technology Receives Purchase Order for Its Anthrax Detection Equipment From the Federal Aviation Administration

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - October 17, 2008) - Universal Detection Technology ( (OTCBB: UNDT) (FRANKFURT: PO8), a developer of early-warning monitoring technologies to protect people from bioterrorism and other infectious health threats and provider of counter-terrorism consulting and training services, reported today that it has received a purchase order for its anthrax detection equipment from the Federal Aviation Administration. The detection equipment is designed to check for anthrax and can return results in as little as 3 minutes.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is responsible for the safety of civil aviation. It issues and enforces regulations and minimum standards covering manufacturing, operating, and maintaining aircraft. It is also responsible for building and installing visual and electronic aids to air navigation. The FAA operates and assures the quality of these facilities. They also sustains other systems to support air navigation and air traffic control, including voice and data communications equipment, radar facilities, computer systems, and visual display equipment at flight service stations.

A recent commission chaired by former senators Bob Graham and Jim Talent has found that the nation is "very exposed" in terms of preparedness to a bioterrorist attack. The next U.S. president should put more emphasis on countering biological threats as part of a rethinking of national security strategy, according to early assessments from the leaders of a commission. "Both biological and nuclear threats are significant in their ability to kill hundreds of thousands, but a biological attack is easier to launch and harder to combat because many biological weapon components are widely available and have benign uses," said the commission's chairman, former Sen. Bob Graham of Florida.

UNDT's anthrax detection equipment has been extensively used by first responders and private industry throughout the country. The equipment has been evaluated by the U.S. DOD as well as the United Kingdom military. The equipments capacities include:

--  No cross-reactivity with near neighbor strains
--  No cross-reactivity to household powders
--  No set up time
--  No expensive reader needed
--  No decontamination requirements
--  No false positives
--  No false negatives
--  No hook effect

"The purchase order from the FAA is another significant milestone for our company as more federal agencies learn about our portfolio of biological and radiological detection equipment," said Mr. Jacques Tizabi, UNDT's Chief Executive Officer. "Our presentation at the Gulf Coast Terrorism Conference was intended to demonstrate our products to the first responder community," he added.

UNDT has received the purchase orders referred to in this news release through Security Solutions International (SSI). The equipment were billed to the FAA by SSI as part of participation in the counter-terrorism training at the Gulf Coast Terrorism Conference and are expected to be delivered to them directly from UDT within the next 30 days.

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Universal Detection Technology is a developer of monitoring technologies, including bioterrorism detection devices. The Company on its own and with development partners is positioned to capitalize on opportunities related to Homeland Security. For example, the Company, in cooperation with NASA, has developed a bacterial spore detector that detects certain biohazard substances. The Company is also a reseller of handheld assays used for detection of five bioterrorism agents, radiation detection systems, and antimicrobial products. For more information, please visit

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