Today’s threat of terrorism exposes large public interior spaces to the risk of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) attacks. Public gathering areas are ideal targets because the high concentration of people in small areas often makes evacuation difficult.
In the event of an incident, early detection and response are imperative for reducing response time and saving the lives of First Responders and the public. Studies conducted by Argonne demonstrate that this advanced warning system can reduce the response time from 75 minutes to less than 5 minutes – saving lives and isolating exposure.
Since the Sarin gas attacks of 1995 in the Tokyo subway, the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and Smiths Detection have collaborated to develop PROTECT – an early warning, crisis management solution in major U.S. subway systems. In 2016, Federal Resources Technical Services Group was chosen by Argonne to be the exclusive licensee of PROTECT.