SOURCE: Universal Detection Technology

June 04, 2009 07:00 ET

Universal Detection Technology Sees Opportunity in New Government Regulation on Safety of Federal Mailrooms

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - June 4, 2009) - Universal Detection Technology ( (OTCBB: UNDT), 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, announced today that it sees opportunity in new government regulations on the safety of federal mailrooms. Created in response to provisions outlined in Homeland Security Presidential Directive HSPD-7 Federal, the requirement amends the Public Contracts and Property Management title of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) to reflect the heightened state of awareness necessary to safeguard federal postal and shipping facilities. The regulation, located under Title 41 §102-192 sections 70-80, outlines the specific policies that need to be met, as well as the various elements associated with developing, implementing and sustaining a security plan that meets compliance.

The recent rise in white powder hoaxes and mail security breaches is taking its toll. As of August 25, there will be drastic changes in how federal agencies safeguard employees, mailrooms, and overall facilities.

All federal mailrooms, regardless of size, staffing, or operational capacity -- whether in an office building in Washington, D.C., or a Coast Guard vessel patrolling the Atlantic -- must implement and maintain a comprehensive security policy meeting several federal standards. Most agencies fall far from compliance today, and face just weeks to overhaul existing processes. This means a lot of scrambling -- and implementation of security protocols and technology -- to get checklists up to speed.

Key Provisions of the Regulation are:

--  Each agency must establish and maintain a mailroom-specific security
    policy, and develop a facility-centric security plan commensurate with the
    size and responsibilities of each facility
--  All federal mail programs must identify, prioritize and coordinate the
    protection of each mail processing facility against both internal and
    external security threats

UNDT's BSM-2000 system is an autonomous airborne detector of bacterial spores. The system samples the ambient air and can notify a first responder of elevated levels of bacterial spores which is a typical signature of an airborne anthrax attack. The BSM-2000 is an inexpensive and accurate way to monitor federal mail facilities. A GAO report comparing the BSM-2000 and the Biohazard Detection System at use at USPS mail sorting facilities confirms the cost saving benefits of the BSM-2000.

"The new regulations offer a great opportunity for us to market both our airborne and handheld biohazard detection systems," said Mr. Jacques Tizabi, UNDT's Chief Executive Officer. "All federal mailrooms have to be compliant of the new regulations and need to go through periodic reviews," he added.

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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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