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Move over security dogs, you may be replaced by a mouse in detecting explosives. In a system that has been under development for the past six years in Israel a system has been developed whereby mice can detect smells of explosives, drugs, and other types of contraband. The changes in their physiology and behavior can be read by special equipment that will alert security staff via computers.
Israel has been in the position to have more experience with terrorists than any other country after their long issues with the Palestinians and the territories of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. As a result they have also dealt with more bomb threats than anyone else. Drawing from this body of knowledge Tamar Group has developed a product that they have named Bio-Explorer. The system uses specially trained mice that are hooked into sensors that detect a variety of life signs. When the mice detect explosives, the information is uploaded to computers.
The system can be installed at entry points and check points where the mice can get a whiff of newcomers and alert the guards.
Source: Mail Online
Laurie Kay Olson
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