Xplosafe win $2.47 million defense contract

XploSafe, a provider of critical safety solutions for homeland security and chemical safety, recently announced it has received a $2.47 million defense contract for its chemical-sensing wearable badges.

The contract was awarded by the U.S. Air Force Rapid Innovation Fund to XploSafe for their developed technology to capture air samples and detect the presence of harmful chemicals and gases. The wearable badge determines if the user has been exposed and in what concentrations.

Personnel with the Naval Submarine Medical Research Lab and the U.S. Air Force will wear the badges, called XCel+, on their uniforms and the badge will be tested periodically to determine if the individual had been exposed to harmful concentrations of chemicals. This technology will provide military leadership the information required to decide if and when the military personnel should be removed from an environment to prevent undesired exposure.

XploSafe said its XCel+ dosimeters demonstrate "an exclusive capability to capture the widest range of chemical vapors and store them for far longer periods of time, even in freezing or hot environmental conditions."

“This competitive contract will advance our technology applications, automate production capacity and get the XCel+ badges into the hands of those who work in potentially dangerous environments,” said Shoaib Shaikh, co-founder and manager of XploSafe. “We estimate our production capability will increase to 2,500 units per week by early 2021. We know this technology will protect lives in a way that wasn’t possible before — that keeps us focused on the timeline for increasing production.”

XploSafe believes this Department of Defense contract will create awareness and interest from industrial markets. The company plans to market the badges to organizations that operate in environments that experience chemical exposures such as health care, agriculture, food processing, mining, oil refineries, metal foundries, chemical processing plants, laboratories, emergency response industries and the military.


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