The awareness of defending our country after the Anthrax scare and 9/11 pushed companies into action to develop better early warning control systems. With the advantage of technology constantly improving, this gave researchers the edge to cover a wide range of threats. From biological and chemical attacks, to tracking the movements of bomb making equipment and their ingredients, the US government and private industries are constantly searching for the best that companies have to offer. The development of early warning detection systems for our country is now in high demand and will be far into the future.

Society within the U.S. before all of this felt somewhat invincible. As we watched other parts of the world go through death and destruction brought on by anything from I.E.D.’s (Improvised Explosive Devises), to human bombs, we felt secure. The first act of aggression was felt on the US Cole but it was so far away that a great majority of the country was not mentally unaffected. However, when 9/11 occurred, it was a reality all too real. We were unprepared beyond comprehension. At the time, this was a sector of early detection that wasn’t considered.

At ground zero, cell phones and all other communication systems were intermittent, if not out all together. At first, medical aid and attention was sporadic at best because of the carnage and chaos. It has been stated that if modern day monitoring systems were in place and things didn’t “slip” through the cracks, this would not have happened. But it did happen, and with that brought on a whole host of avenues to improve on. These improvements are being made at an alarming rate. With these modern day threats now constantly looming for the US, companies are in high gear to meet the demand.

Counter-terrorism training programs as well as early detection/monitoring technologies developed by Universal Detection Technology are turning heads again. They already have a 5-agent Bioterrorism detection kit that is currently used by first responders and private industries throughout the United States. The exactness of these kits enable them to test for anthrax, botulinum toxin, Ricin, plague (Y. Pestis) and SEB’s in as little as 3 minutes, with no cross-reactivity with near neighbor species and no false positives with commonly encountered “white powders”.

Universal Detection has announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Commercial Service is promoting its handheld assays, used for detection of up to five bioterrorism agents. The company is to be listed as a Featured U.S. Exporter on South Africa’s Commercial Services website. This is huge news for Universal Detection, its investors and the market. Keep a sharp eye on Universal Detection in the near future. Early detection of their improvements could in fact be a prosperous one.