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FLIR develops Fido X4 explosives trace detector

6th November 2019 - 08:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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FLIR Systems has developed a new version of its handheld explosives trace detector called the Fido X4.

The Fido X4 uses FLIR Systems’ TrueTrace detection technology which features a new five-channel sensor array for expanded threat coverage. TrueTrace can accurately detect a wide range of explosives at nanogram to sub-nanogram levels – including military, commercial, improvised and homemade explosives – allowing users to gain actionable intelligence through identification of threats in as little as ten seconds.

The system can be integrated with the FLIR PackBot UGV via a kit, to provide an explosive ordnance and bomb disposal capability. Fido’s multi-platform adaptability will allow users to switch the device from handheld operation to unmanned systems for standoff threat detection.

Weighing three pounds, the Fido X4 is designed for extended operations of up to 16 hours with two eight-hour, hot-swappable batteries. X4’s new simplified user interface features on-board video tutorials, user prompts and colour-coded alarms with strength indicators for quick and decisive operation.

David Ray, president of FLIR Systems’ Government and Defense Business Unit, said: ‘Our new Fido X4 is mission-ready for all critical security applications – from high-volume checkpoint and randomised screenings to foot patrols and standoff operations – going wherever it is needed.

‘FLIR is committed to providing operators with intelligent sensing solutions that keep them out of harm’s way. With thousands of Fido devices already deployed in more than 40 countries, the X4 builds on a legacy of success for military and public safety personnel worldwide.’

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