Smiths Detection of Danbury, Connecticut, has launched the HazMatID Elite, a device that identifies explosives, chemical warfare agents, toxic industrials, and narcotics. Certified to the strictest military standard for use in extreme climates, the device is the next generation of the company’s HazMatID. Smaller and lighter than the previous version, it uses innovative sampling techniques for reliable determination of suspicious powders, plus direct surface contaminant analysis and robotics integration. It includes an intuitive interface and self-guided software, as well as encrypted wireless communications. Operators can learn to use the system in less than one hour.