The success of the worldwide fight against the illegal sale or use of controlled substances and narcotics is reliant on the ability of law enforcement and border protection professionals to perform rapid narcotics identification that provides actionable results. When criminal investigations are at stake there is no margin for error with the subjective results that some field testing kits provide for narcotics identification.
Designer drugs are entering the market at an alarming rate and are often difficult to detect using traditional methods. With the increasing circulation of methamphetamines, cocaine, MDMA (molly, ecstasy) and heroin accurate party drug identification is critical to preventing an increasingly negative impact on public health and safety around the globe.
RI60 Narcotics Identification System
With increasing reports of clandestine laboratories, evidence tampering and the wide-spread ramifications effecting criminal prosecution, law enforcement is under intensifying pressure and scrutiny to protect evidence chain of custody. Not only does RI60 handheld Raman perform rapid narcotics identification including street drugs and other substances that other devices cannot, the onboard camera enhances evidence documentation that is stored with the analysis result. As an added bonus, the onboard 4C technology reduces reliance on resources during clandestine lab investigations by calculating the at-scene substance scans to indicate the potential preparation of a specific illicit drug.
***Important Note: Because RI60 contains an onboard library of over 12,000 substances, your team is better equipped to accurately identify a variety of substances. Devices providing limited and/or narcotics only libraries can fail to communicate other threats encountered in the field like an explosive white powder which could result in a potentially more dangerous situation.
Expanded CBRNe Identification & Detection
Rapid and accurate CBRNe identification and detection is critical as emerging chemical and explosive threats are becoming increasingly sophisticated. The internet now provides easier access to materials and recipes used for manufacturing threats which is the leading cause of the evolved nature of threats. In addition, history has proven that criminals have discovered ways to evade detection devices to avoid getting caught. Now more than ever, incident response and mitigation teams risk their lives when facing suspicious packages and vehicles that may present an explosive threat.
It is therefore critical that all responders are equipped with the most current and advanced CBRNe identification and detection systems that enable rapid detection of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), improvised explosive devices (IED), home-made explosives (HME) and other credible threats on-scene in order to make life saving decisions and catch criminals without delays or uncertainty. Having a single device that simultaneously monitors at-scene chemical identification scans and alerts the user of a potential recipe for creating a more advanced threat truly expands incident response capabilities.
RI60 Chemical Detection System
Handheld Raman and FTIR are popular CBRNe detection systems. However, sample related issues like moisture or fluorescence interference can inhibit detection of impure or “Dirty” substances typically found in emerging threats. Because handheld Raman and FTIR are known detection technologies, criminals have found ways to “defeat the device.”
That was before RI60 handheld Raman with 4C Software.
RI60 4C combines two essential threat mitigation capabilities, rapid positive chemical identification at the touch of a button and potential emerging threat alerts throughout the duration of the incident, providing trustworthy and reliable results that enable teams to make informed decisions with confidence.
- Largest standard library including CWA, explosives and TICs/TIMs
- MIL-STD-810G certified rugged for unpredictable harsh environments
- Suitable for use while wearing M3-type protective suits
- Simple navigation and single-handed use
Rapid Chemical Identification
At-scene rapid chemical identification helps ensure public and response team safety, protect the environment and property too. But not all chemical identification systems are the same. When considering chemical identification requirements, how do you evaluate a system to know which one provides the greatest benefits for the cost? Here are some questions to consider:
- Does your team need one device that identifies the largest number of unknown pure, colored and impure substances?
- Do you want to identify substances through packaging? What about colored substances contained in colored packaging?
- Would reducing reliance on outside resources by having the ability to monitor scans and warn the user if a much larger threat is indicated be helpful?
- How important is a large onboard chemical identification database or library? Would you like to easily add new substances to the database? How much would you save if library updates were provided for the life of the unit?
- How would an onboard camera enhance evidence documentation?
- Does your team need equipment that is rugged, easily decontaminated and easy-to-use, even while wearing protective gear?
- Should Reachback support be included for the life of the unit for no extra charge?
- Should software updates be provided for the life of the unit for no extra charge?
Knowing which device that provides the most advantages for rapid chemical identification is essential to providing first response and hazmat teams with the power to quickly determine threat severity and wage an appropriate response.
RI60 1064nm is a complete chemical identification system. It allows chemical identification to be performed on a wider range of substances including colored materials and through packaging like clear and colored glass and translucent plastic bottles fast and easy because the 1064nm laser reduces issues of sample fluorescence interference and is not affected by moisture content. Plus, the new onboard 4C technology reduces reliance on off-site resources and alerts the user when a combination of potential illicit of hazardous threats is indicated.
With a large onboard chemical identification library (updates included) and the ability to add new substances easily, RI60 provides unmatched chemical identification capabilities. It is the only handheld Raman with an onboard camera.
This device is certified MIL STD 810G and IP-68 rated rugged, efficient decontamination too. It’s easy to operate, even in varying conditions. With Reachback, software, support, library updates and a 24-month warranty, RI60 is what you should expect from a handheld chemical identification system.
Plus, this device’s cost, availability, and other standard features (that others charge for) will really help stretch the budget so you can afford boots and suits too.
Comparison of FT-IR and Raman Spectroscopy
Identification of common chemicals in safety and security applications
Description: The study compares using Raman and IR spectroscopy for the characterization and identification of common materials found in safety & security applications.
Correct and timely identification of chemicals and chemical compounds are required to ensure safety. In this work, a comparison of two proven techniques is performed on a set of chemicals considered “materials of interest” in safety and security applications.
Introduction: FT-IR and Raman are proven optical-based techniques used to identify a variety of chemical substances and compounds in a number industries. Sometimes used as complimentary technologies, each provide benefits and advantages. However for safety and security applications, FT-IR has often been regarded as the most effective analytical technique for identification of many chemical substances and compounds. In comparison, Raman has not been considered as a technically equal or superior method for identification or verification purposes. Since these previous studies had focused on 785 nm Raman instruments, we decided to expand the study and compare the 785 nm Raman and the RI60 1064 nm Raman analyzer with FT-IR results. The scope of the study involved analyses of common household chemical substances, specifically those sold as consumer goods but also utilized as clandestine laboratory materials. By themselves these chemicals may be innocuous, but are frequently used in combination to manufacture compounds that pose a threat to public, response team, and environmental safety. A variety of chemical types were selected, with a focus on materials considered best suited for FT-IR (Fourier transform infra-red). Approximately 60 materials were evaluated covering materials from acids/bases, over-the-counter (OTC) products, fuels, biologicals and proteins, organic and inorganic salts and a catch-all category for miscellaneous household chemicals commonly found in a basement or garage. The expanded test set provided a better representative sample of chemicals commonly found in a household, yet potentially used in a clandestine lab.