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U.S. Handheld and Trace Explosives Detection Market

This research service explores the handheld and trace explosives detection market. The study is segmented to analyze handheld detection, desktop detection, and research and development opportunities across the U.S. DoD, DHS, and commercial markets. For each segment a spending analysis and competitive analysis is provided. The market dynamics segment provides drivers, restraints, industry challenges, a competitive structure analysis, product specifications, and a stakeholders analysis. Strategic recommendations and conclusions are provided at the end along with an appendix. The appendix contains additional spending information, a listing of industry participants, and frequently used acronyms.

Research Overview
This Frost & Sullivan research service titled U.S. Handheld and Trace Explosives Detection Market provides spending forecasts and analysis, market trends, market drivers and restraints as well as a competitive overview of the market. In this research, Frost & Sullivan's expert analysts thoroughly examine the following markets: handheld, desktop, and developmental trace explosives detection technologies across the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), state, local, federal, and commercial market segments.

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Market Overview

Trace Explosive Detection Equipment Market Booms Due to Growing Threats from Improvised Explosive Devices

The explosive detection market, which rode the crest of a wave in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, is at the crossroads with improvised explosives devices (IEDs), replacing mass casualty explosives as the most predominant threat. Apart from being a growing domestic concern, increased IED explosions have also severely affected the United States and its allied troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other terrorist hot spots. In fact, approximately 70 percent of casualties in Iraq since 2003 have been the result of roadside bombs and other unorthodox explosives-based attacks. Consequently, the U.S. Army has pipped the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) as the largest procurer of trace explosives detection equipment, placing orders for a variety of detection units, including handheld and portable equipment. Nevertheless, TSA will continue to be a significant end user as it is looking to deploy more liquid bottle scanners in 2009.

Currently, the standard trace detection performed at security checkpoints is defensive because, by the time explosives are identified, it is too late to prevent an attack. “A recent technological trend is the use of information to defeat the threat before it arrives at its target,” says the analyst of this research. “The key to IED defeat is attacking the network involved in the explosives manufacturing process - a strategy that the U.S. Army has made a key priority.” IED detection and defeat will continue to get top billing with troop levels expected to increase in Afghanistan. The fear of unpredictable attacks will also drive spending on explosives detection at ports, federal facilities, and even commercial entities such as theme parks.

Offense is the Best Form of Defense, Feel End Users

Although the handheld and trace explosives detection market is experiencing a surge, it is a dynamic and relatively young market. After the fevered activity from 2002 to 2004, the market has tempered down with the eviction of companies offering generic solutions, leaving only a handful of large suppliers and niche firms competing for market share. “Greater interest in explosives detection systems by the U.S. DoD has also spurred growth in the market, revamping spending activity that had dwindled in recent years,” notes the analyst. “The competitive nature of the market has increased in intensity with the entry of several participants and a string of research and development contract awards.” While capturing market share from industry leaders will not be easy, it is by no means impossible. Companies that provide fresh, offense-based solutions will have a definite edge over those with dated technologies. The ones that are tipped to survive in the long term are those that provide tools for warfighters and first responders, understand the needs of end users, anticipate market needs, and continuously innovate.

It is vital to have a pulse on the market because, compared to other defense and security markets, explosives detection is small in terms of spending. Handheld detection devices and R&D efforts will account for more than 70 percent of the spending until 2013 due to a limited installed base for desktop systems. Market growth beyond 2013 will depend on terrorist strikes, large scale-events (2008 Olympics, Super Bowl XLIII), and violence levels in the Middle East. Being inherently an event-driven market, participants will have to be prepared to deal with feast-or-famine situations and strategize to meet the challenges of selling into segments such as the state and local markets.

Market Sectors

Expert Frost & Sullivan analysts thoroughly examine the following market sectors in this research:

Handheld explosives detection
- Desktop explosives detection
- Developmental technologies


The following technologies are covered in this research:

Handheld explosives detection

- Ion mobility spectroscopy (IMS)
- Gas chromatograph/mass spectrometry (GC/MS)
- Colorimetric
- Chemiluminescence
- Thermo-Redox
- Amplified fluorescent polymer
- Fluorescence
- Raman

Desktop explosives detection

Developmental technologies
- Olfactory-based sensors
- Light detection and ranging (LIDAR)
- Laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS)
- Laser-based Raman
- Nano Sensors

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- Summary Introduction
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-- Introduction
-- Market Definitions and Scope
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- Market Dynamics Overview
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-- Market Dynamics Overview
-- Market Drivers and Restraints
-- Analysis of Market Drivers
-- Analysis of Market Restraints
-- Technological Trends
-- Market Challenges
-- Stakeholder Analysis
-- Competitive Structure
-- Product Specifications


- Spending Forecasts and Competitive Overview
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- Spending Forecasts and Competitive Overview
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- Recommendations and Conclusions
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- Supplemental Information
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-- Industry Participants
-- Acronyms


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