can any tech savvy person compare IMS vs. MIPs detectors?
Linkplus has developed the latter based on a patent from Johns Hopkins Univ Applied Physics Lab. go to www.linkplus.com to see the MIPs detector.
lkpl opened .43 on fri, to settle back to .25. starting to get a little attention. lkpl says they have developed viral filters compatible with existing dialysis machines to remove hepC, hiv from blood. the JHU/APL patented MIPs tech is giving this compy a completely unique product with apps previously considered to be science fiction. chemical detectors, bio agent detectors, explosive detectors, viral filters, all starting to come online. email bob jones at lkpl, ask for the LPBI executive summary pdf which has a rundown on the new biological div, including sales projections and existing competition.
Link Plus & International RAM Associates
Enter Into Joint Development Agreement
COLUMBIA, MD. August 22, 2007
Link Plus Corporation announced today that it has reached agreement with International RAM Associates (RAM), headquartered in Austin, Texas to develop explosive detection devices and related products for air transportation security and other types of applications. The products will utilize Molecularly Imprinted Polymers (MIPs), an advanced technology developed at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, to detect improvised explosive devices (IED) or contributing chemicals that might be used in a terrorist attack. Link Plus has been awarded the worldwide exclusive license to this patented technology. (Details)
(from lkpl website)
One of the biggest issues with expolsion detection is false positives. That is, getting a hit on explosives that don't really exist. This is one of IMX's strongest points in that they get far fewer false positives than competitors. Can you image every cellphone having a detector giving off false positives? It won't be long until they get ignored just like car alarms.
>>Kevin Bankston of the Electronic Frontier Foundation says he's wary of any program in which "consumer products become surveillance devices for the government."<<
I suppose they could always look at outfitting all the postal vehicles in the country.
Interesting link, but as far as I can tell, they don't have a product incorporaing this technology yet. IOW, there is not "another sniffer". Besides, in order to detect any explosives, you have to somehow get the person or object carrying the explosive to come into contact with the polymer gadget ... and the Quantum Sniffer works at a distance with no physical contact necessary.
IMX, on the other hand, has an existing and proven product which has already been tested and sold in several hundred units to clients all over the world.
The Quantum Sniffer can detect the same explosives as are listed under the MIPs technology, also in parts per trillion. Just go to the IMX website and read about the EXISTING product.
you make a good point, but IMS is not unique to imx. Cubic has teamed with GE to offer IMS scanning devices for transportation industry. see this link, scroll down a bit to the early warning explosives article: