The University of Buffalo will soon begin testing an airborne anthrax monitor developed by Universal Detection Technology. The testing and deployment of the BSM-2000 will be handled by CUBRC, a non-profit research, development, testing and systems integration institute based out of Buffalo, New York.
"The testing at the University of Buffalo will give us the opportunity to test the BSM-2000 at a buildings two most vulnerable areas to a bioterror attack: the mail room and the HVAC system," said Mr. Jacques Tizabi, UNDT's chief executive officer.
The system will be deployed at two campus locations. One system will be deployed at the central mail sorting facility at the University of Buffalo and the other will be the heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) air intake for the Biomedical Research Building at the University. Testing is to be conducted for the duration of one month at which time CUBRC will report the results of the testing in a formal report. The test plan has also been submitted to the Department of Homeland Security as part of UNDT's SAFETY Act application.
UNDT licensed the detection technology used in the BSM-2000 through a technology transfer program with NASA's JPL. The system is capable of detecting abnormal levels of bacterial spores in the air and the technology has been featured in several peer reviewed scientific journals and has been evaluated by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).