Area Monitoring for Chemical Warfare and Pharmaceutical Based Agents

In this blog, we will provide a brief area monitoring overview. Area monitoring is one of the most important components of ensuring individual and community safety. Human health and the environment can be seriously affected by hazardous materials in their various forms. This makes it imperative to monitor their presence in the air. Accidents involving hazardous materials, transportation mistakes, or deliberate acts of terrorism can result in serious consequences for the public. 

A CBRNE area monitor collects, measures, and analyzes air samples. It does this to determine whether hazardous materials are present, what they are, and their concentrations. Response teams can take timely and effective steps to protect people and the environment by identifying and mitigating risks associated with hazardous materials using this tool. 

There are numerous applications of area monitoring for ensuring the safety of the public, laborers, or military personnel in hostile environments. Globally, environmental agencies use a variety of technologies to monitor air quality. This includes ozone (O3) and PM2.5 and PM10 pollutants, which pose inhalation hazards to the public. To protect critical infrastructure, key events, or force protection, military and first responders use area monitoring technologies.  

908 Devices has recently launched a new product, MX908 Beacon, in the area monitoring space. This product aims to fill a critical gap in the identification of chemical warfare agents (CWA) and pharmaceutical based agents (PBA). MX908 Beacon provides area monitoring for both vapor and aerosol threats. Aerosol detection capability is critical for effective area monitoring of CWAs and PBAs. These more modern threats can be found in the liquid or solid phase, making them undetectable by traditional gas detectors.

To learn more about these chemical threats and solutions to identify them, download our recent whitepaper. Learn more regarding area monitoring.