ASAP III: CBRNe Screening for Mail Rooms
The Next Generation in Mail Threat Screening
Is your mail room protected against CBRNe threats? Biowarfare agents, toxic chemicals, and explosives can turn up in the mailrooms of high-value targets such as corporations, banks, and government agencies - harming staff, shutting down businesses, and contaminating buildings for months. In today's world, organizations need protection from such threats.
Research International's ASAP III system for mail rooms is the latest generation of mail room CBRNe protection, offering:
- Significantly reduced cost of consumables
- Reduced testing frequency
- State-of-the-art UV-based biodetection
- Automatic, immediate biocollection when a threat is detected
- Testing for up to eight biothreat agents simultaneously
- Proprietary machine-vision bioidentification technology
- Effective, rapid testing: results in 30 minutes or less
- Minimal work flow disruption
- Control software
- Multiple options for additional testing: Chemical, drugs of abuse, explosives, radiological and nuclear
Reducing the cost of consumables: With ASAP III, biological testing is only required when the built-in bioaerosol detector senses a threat. Instead of testing every batch of mail, testing is reduced to as little as once or twice per month.
How we do it: The key is Research International's BioHawk® LF integrated biodetector/collector/identifier. This sophisticated instrument combines three Research International proprietary technologies: 1) UV‑based bioaerosol detection capability; 2) automated cyclonic wet sample collection; and 3) machine-vision test reading capability.
Earlier screening systems required biological testing of each batch of mail. With ASAP III, testing only occurs when a biothreat is detected. The BioHawk® LF then automatically tests for up to eight of the most common biothreat agents simultaenously.
Chemical, explosive particle, drugs of abuse, radiation: These optional CRNE components of the system will detect, identify and report in seconds. Expandable default libraries screen for dozens of chemical warfare agents, toxic industrial chemicals, and drugs of abuse. Radiation is detected and reported in less than one second.
Worker safety: The ASAP III system is typically housed in a negative pressure room equipped with a down draft table, custom designed for your requirements. An air sampling module in the system continuously samples air drawn into the downdraft table while mail is being jogged or opened over the table’s perforated top surface, providing appropriate samples to the biological identification components, while ensuring that any potential toxins are immediately drawn away from workers.
Fast, real-time processing: The ASAP III system can process thousands of pieces of mail per hour. Sampling operates continuously until processing of a batch of mail is complete, whether it is a few or several hours.
Low consumables cost: The use consumables in the ASAP III system is minimized by testing only when the biodetector has observed a threat.
Minimal staff training: ASAP III is designed to be operated by general mailroom personnel and is fully automated, requiring little operator assistance.
Control software: Our proprietary ASAP III control software monitors all subsystems and allows the user to adjust parameters as necessary. Easy to install and use.
Control SoftwareThe customizable ASAP III system can be configured with any or all of the subsystems shown here. All installed subsystems are integrated and monitored by Research International's proprietary ASAP control software.
Explosives & Drugs of Abuse Detector
- Clean Rooms
- Government or corporate mailrooms
- Critical infrastructure protection
- Food processing
- Homeland security
- Indoor air quality
- ASAP III System Data Sheet
- ASAP III Photo Gallery
- White Paper: "Bio-Safety in the Mail Room Using the SAMARI Negative Pressure Mail Room and ASAP II Automated Bio-Identification System"
- We offer customized seminars on ASAP III postal processing systems. Download our Postal Seminar Data Sheet, or visit our Postal Processing Seminar page.
- More information on the Biohawk LF automated biodetector/collector/identifier used in the ASAP III system
- More information about negative pressure mail rooms
Specifications for ASAP III Threat Identification System
|Use profile:||Automated/programmed/continuous identification of targeted toxins, viruses, bacteria, spores, industrial chemicals, explosives, and nuclear materials. Batch sample examination also supported.|
|Duty cycle:||Continuous. Functional availability >99.3% (1).|
|Air sampling rate:||325 LPM|
|Bioassay profile:||Up to eight simultaneous assays are performed using a lateral flow immunoassay ticket. Testing is only required when the biodetector senses a biological aerosol threat.|
|Total bioassay time:||10 to 25 minutes from alarm for collection and identification combined is typical.|
|Bio-sample preparation:||Automatic. Operator only needs to insert the assay ticket into the instrument when prompted by the software.|
|Toxic industrial chemicals subsystem:||Ion mobility spectrometry or long baseline infrared spectrometry. Gas libraries of 15 to 40 targets, depending on technology used. Analysis time less than 10 seconds.|
|Explosives subsystem:||Ion trap mobility spectrometer; analysis time = 8 seconds|
|Nuclear materials subsystem:||Area and portal styles available. Typical specifications: 0.05 to 3.0 MeV gamma detection window. Detect 360 kBq of Cs-137 and 6 gm Pu(2); neutron detection optional.|
|User interface:||Stand-alone or optional Windows® user interface.|
|Fluids handling:||Bi-directional peristaltic pumps.|
|Fluids storage:||5-day supplies of buffer, disinfectant and distilled water for aerosol collector.|
|Physical size:||Usually installed as an under-counter system with video monitor on countertop.|
|Weight:||Less than 105 lbs. (68 kg) typical installation|
|Temperature range:||Operating: above freezing to 50°C; storage: -29° to 66°C.|
|Alarms:||Large green/amber status light; annunciator optional.|
|Communication:||RS-232 bi-directional serial link is standard.|
|Data storage/ programmability:||Raw/processed data storage. Operating protocols are RS-232 re-programmable.|
|Power consumption:||Less than 100 W @ 115 VAC, nominal, excluding X-ray. X-ray system requires 183-253 VAC, 50 Hz. 10 amp max.|
|Humidity:||5% to 95%, non-condensing.|
Research International, Inc. reserves the right to change specifications or product source without prior notice.
- Functional availability is the percentage of total work time that the system is functional, averaged over a 90 calendar day period.
- Maximum usable life measured in a 25°C mailroom environment. Other applications may result in different consumable lifetimes.