Wheatley and Raptor Urge Wide Use of Anti-Terrorism Technology at Public Events

May 2, 2013

PHILADELPHIA, PA - In the wake of the shocking bombing attacks at this year's Boston Marathon and heightened concern about future threats to public events, transportation systems and critical infrastructure, a spokesman for ¬Wheatley SPI, LLC, authorized distributor for Raptor Detection Technologies, LLC (Raptor), has issued a statement jointly with Raptor calling for an enhanced anti-terrorism technology presence at high-profile public events.

William A. Wheatley, Managing Director of Wheatley SPI, LLC (Wheatley SPI), and Kelly Crawford, Director of Training for Raptor and a former Marine Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician, specializing in explosives detection and mitigation, said that "Simple, easy-to-use incident prevention technology exists today that can be employed on site by military, law enforcement and security details with minimal training. Recent advances in nanotechnology enable us to determine whether or not a person, package or vehicle, is carrying or has come in contact with dangerous or explosive materials within seconds. Obviously, as we have learned from recent tragic events, not every crisis can be averted, but clearly we can be more proactive on the prevention side to lessen the risk of such catastrophic incidents taking place in public places. Detecting potential threats is a critical gap. If a threat is detected, we have an opportunity to mitigate."

Raptor's SAFE-T® (Substance Activated Fast Evaluation Technology), marketed by Wheatley SPI, is designated as a "Qualified Antiterrorism Technology" by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and currently supplied by Raptor to the United States Army Armament, Research, Development, and Engineering Command and the US Navy's Explosive Ordnance Division. SAFE-T® is based on a patented nanotechnology called molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs). MIPs are capable of selectively sensing even microscopic amounts of explosives or other molecules that are dangerous for humans and the environment, such as toxins, chemical agents, biological agents, pesticides, poisons, and explosives.

The detection capability provided by Raptor's SAFE-T® products greatly enhance the ability of first responders to meet terrorist threats. With SAFE-T® products, detection of explosive threats is as simple as looking for a visible color change when a SAFE-T® Wipe or Spray is used.

"Our goal," added Crawford, "is to help those who protect us to perform their jobs as efficiently and safely as possible." In essence, deployment of SAFE-T® allows every security screener and law enforcement officer to become a mobile explosive detector. The technology also supports K9 units by actually identifying the explosive threat.

"The advantage," said Wheatley, "is that Raptor's detection system is so compact and economical that every first responder could literally carry a bomb detection kit in his shirt pocket."

Raptor's SAFE-T® products produce a dramatic color change reaction that is visible with the naked eye when they detect target molecules – such as dangerous materials used in terrorist attacks. If a trace amount of explosive material is present on a person's skin, or finger, for example, the wipe can capture a visible, colorful fingerprint when the finger touches MIP material. This color change is visibly detectable within seconds of exposure.

Outside of military uses, Raptor's SAFE T® MIP sensors are available to law enforcement, security and first responders. SAFE-T® products can be purchased in various forms, including SAFE-T® Spray and Wipes. Kits are available and are configured to meet the specific requirement of the customer.

SAFE-T® MIPs are robust, stable and can be used in harsh environments. Additionally, they are inexpensive, safe to produce and can be sprayed, printed or spin-coated into commercial devices for the detection of a wide range of dangerous substances. Other potential uses for SAFE-T® MIPs include aviation and public transit security, access control and incorporation into event tickets. The incremental costs are low, creating a viable alternative to expensive equipment that requires power, maintenance and ongoing recalibration and extensive training.

About Raptor Detection Technologies

Raptor Detection Technologies, LLC is strategically positioned to meet the needs of both government and private sector entities that require security solutions. The Company's SAFE-T® line of products and other technologies offer robust detection and forensics collection solutions as tested by world-renowned universities and the US military. Raptor Detection Technologies is dedicated to the continued development of products with enhanced capability and solutions that meet homeland security's rapidly changing needs. The Company is headquartered in Columbia, MD. Further information is available at

About Wheatley SPI

Wheatley SPI, LLC, is a company providing security, protection and intelligence services, technology and products, to private and public clients, including foreign governments. Wheatley SPI markets Raptor's explosives detection technology under a distributorship agreement. The company has been marketing to local first responders, and to governments in Turkey, West and Central Africa, Latin America, and Singapore. It has orders pending funding from Turkey, Gabon and Singapore. The company is an affiliate of Wheatley US Limited, a diversified consulting firm headquartered in the Philadelphia area.

* SAFE-T is a registered trademark of Raptor Detection Technologies, LLC.

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