Universal Detection Technology (UNDT) reported today that it has received a purchase order for its anthrax detection equipment from the city of Calgary, Canada Police Service. The purchase order comes from the department's terrorism training division. The detection equipment is designed to check for anthrax and can return results in as little as 3 minutes.

A report released last week by the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism says urgent security measures need to be taken soon or the world is likely to undergo an incident of terrorism using weapons of mass destruction within the next five years. "Unless the world community acts decisively and with great urgency, it is more likely than not that a weapon of mass destruction will be used in a terrorist attack somewhere in the world by the end of 2013," the report states in the opening sentence of the executive summary. The report also emphasizes the need of the new administration to prepare the nation against a future bioterrorist attack.

UNDT's anthrax detection equipment has been extensively used by first responders and private industry throughout the country. The equipment has been evaluated by the U.S. DOD as well as the United Kingdom military. The equipment's capacities include:

  • No cross-reactivity with near neighbor strains
  • No cross-reactivity to household powders
  • No set up time
  • No expensive reader needed
  • No decontamination requirements
  • No false positives
  • No false negatives
  • No hook effect

"This is our first purchase order from Canada as we expand marketing our products internationally," said Jacques Tizabi, CEO, UNDT.