LOS ANGELES, Calif., 23 July 2008. Universal Detection Technology, a developer of early-warning monitoring technologies and provider of counter-terrorism consulting and training services, won a contract to provide handheld assays for bioterrorism detection for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The handheld devices are designed to detect Anthrax, Ricin, Botulinum Toxin, Plague, and SEBs in as little as 3 minutes.
Chinese Minister of Public Security, Mr. Zhou Yongkang, was quoted as saying, "terrorism poses the biggest threat to the holding of a successful Beijing Olympic games."
"Although the general security situation for the Beijing Olympics remains stable, we still face the challenges of terrorism, separatism, and extremism," Yongkang adds. He spoke at the International Conference on Security Cooperation for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, which is attended by more than 140 representatives from 32 countries and regions, and international organizations such as Interpol and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
UDTT's 5-agent bioterrorism detection kits have been extensively used by first responders and private industry throughout the country. Testing of the kits by the U.S. DOD as well as the United Kingdom military, show that the kits show no cross-reactivity with near neighbor species and no false positives with commonly encountered "white powders." The kits will be used to test suspicious powders in any of the numerous Olympics venues.
"The contract for the bioterrorism detection kits comes on the heels of our contract to provide radiation detection equipment for the Olympics," says Jacques Tizabi, UDTT's CEO. "
The contract to supply UDTT's bioterrorism detection equipment for the 2008 Beijing Olympics has come from F&D International Corp.