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First Ever Explosive Detection Drone Revealed at Tel Aviv Cyber Conference

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After extensive field and laboratory testing, SpectroDrone, the world’s first commercial drone with explosive detection capabilities, made its debut at Israel’s Homeland Security and Cyber Expo on Tuesday. Besides explosives, the craft can also detect harmful substances in powder, gas and liquid, from up to about two miles away.
The SpectroDrone can function from these distances by using ultraviolet laser and other wavelengths, courtesy of developer Laser Detect System’s (LDS) gated-laser spectroscopy techniques. The craft’s sensors can be remotely activated, and scanning results can be displayed in a matter of seconds, boosting safety and efficiency while scanning large areas, according to manufacturer promotional materials. 

When SpectroDrone was unveiled at the Tel Aviv conference, it was integrated with a multi-rotor craft called the Optimus Drone. SpectroDrone automatically detected hazardous materials, narcotics and IEDs while also conducting surveillance.

LDS founder and president Eli Venezia remarked, “We are very excited to unveil this innovative solution for security and anti-terror applications at Israel’s HLS & Cyber [convention],” adding, "We are also encouraged by the great promise our technology offers for commercial applications."

Airbotic CEO and and co-founder Ryan Krauss commented, "When running security, emergency or surveillance missions in an industrial environment, the ability to dynamically and swiftly replace payloads, as well as introduce new innovative ones, is a real step forward.The next generation of security lies in introducing unique technological capabilities, which I believe LDS and Airbotics bring jointly to market."

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