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Homeland Security/Hazmat Technology Workshop set for July 29 at NMSU

Law enforcement agencies from the border region will have the opportunity to attend a half-day Homeland Security/Hazmat Technology Workshop Tuesday, July 29, at New Mexico State University's Physical Science Laboratory (PSL). The event is sponsored by PSL's Border Technology Deployment Center (BTDC).

kshop will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 12:30 p.m. Sign-in begins at 7:30 a.m. The PSL building is at the corner of Stewart and Espina Streets on the NMSU main campus.

During the seminar Agilent Technologies, Gerstel Global Analytical Solutions, Innov-X Systems and DigiLab will showcase technologies that could prove beneficial to border law enforcement, fire departments, federal and state regulatory and environmental agencies, said Michael Noonchester, program director.

"We hope this will be one of a series of workshops we intend to host to help border stakeholders perform their national security responsibilities more effectively," Noonchester said. "Part of our responsibility at the BTDC is to bring border stakeholders and these companies together to develop a good relationship and create some dialogue between them."

Agilent Technologies will present a complete mobile laboratory that provides instruments for the testing of chemical warfare agents, toxic industrial compounds, biological warfare agents and explosives. Gerstel Global Analytical Solutions will showcase instruments that can help test for the presence of chemical and biological agents in air, soil, water and food supplies. DigiLab will feature technologies that detect and identify explosives, narcotics and fibers. Innov-X Systems will demonstrate a hand-held analyzer that provides on-the-spot chemical analysis of many sample types within minutes.

The BTDC, with facilities at the Santa Teresa Port of Entry, was created in 2002 with a $2.7 million grant by the Federal Department of Transportation as a means to enhance commerce across the international border, while also improving safety and security. The goal set for the BTDC by Congress was to deploy, test and validate technologies.

For more information on the workshop, contact Noonchester at (505) 521-9503 or Cale Roberston at (505) 521-9575.