US Department of Homeland Security Designates Raptor Detection Technologies SAFE-T Products, distributed by Wheatley SPI, LLC, as a Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology

December 14, 2011

COLUMBIA, MD -- (December 13, 2011) ­Raptor Detection Technologies, LLC announced today that its line of "Substance Activated Fast Evaluation Technology" (SAFE-T) explosive detection products have received official "Qualified Antiterrorism Technology" designation from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The designation comes as part of the government's Support Anti-terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies Act of 2002 (the "SAFETY Act"). The Designation is effective immediately and will terminate December 31, 2016 unless extended.

The SAFE-T technology, currently supplied by Raptor to the United States Army Armament, Research, Development, and Engineering Command and the US Navy's Explosive Ordnance Division, is based on a patented nanotechnology called molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs). MIPs are capable of selectively sensing 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.

"This prestigious designation is a great honor for us and further confirms US government support of Raptor's SAFE‑T products and the Company's ability to successfully bring products to full operational readiness in order to meet the requirements of war-fighters, law enforcement, first responders and security organizations," said Dr. Jonathan Gluckman, General Manager and Executive Vice President of Raptor. "The detection capability we provide greatly enhances the ability of our customers to meet the global terrorist threat in defense of our nation. Detection of trace explosives is as simple as looking for a visible color change when the SAFE-T Wipe or Spray is used. Our goal is to help those who protect us to perform their jobs as efficiently and safely as possible."

Raptor's SAFE-T products, initially developed at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL), 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, it may capture a visible, colorful fingerprint when it touches MIP material. This color change is visibly detectable within seconds of exposure.

Outside of military uses, Raptor's SAFE‑T MIPs are also available to law enforcement, security and first responders. SAFE-T products can be purchased in various forms, including SAFE-T SPRAY and SAFE-T WIPES. A Trace Collection Wipe is also available that is used in conjunction with SAFE-T SPRAY. 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 substances, compounds and biological agents. 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 Wheatley SPI and Raptor Detection Technologies

Wheatley SPI, LLC (Wheatley SPI) and Raptor Detection Technologies, LLC, are strategically positioned to meet the needs of both government and private sector entities that require security solutions. Raptor's SAFE-T line of products and other technologies, distributed by Wheatley SPI, offer robust detection and forensics collection solutions as tested by world-renowned universities and the US Government. Wheatley SPI and Raptor Detection Technologies are dedicated to the continued development of products with enhanced capability and solutions that meet the needs homeland security, first responders, and private security firms.