ChemImage Sensor Systems Enhances Security for Creation Festival 2014

Share Button

PITTSBURGH, July 15, 2014 — On June 24 and 25, 2014, ChemImage Sensor Systems (CISS™) demonstrated the security-enhancing capabilities of its Hyperspectral Imaging Standoff Explosives Detection systems to the Northeast Creation Festival 2014, held in Mount Union, PA.  The weeklong event draws over 55,000 attendees from all over the world and is one of the largest open-air Christian music festivals held in the world.

Both the CISS™ LightGuard™ and VeroVision™ detection systems demonstrated the ability to screen vehicles entering the Festival site for the presence of exterior explosive residues.  Working with the Festival public safety team, the ChemImage sensors screened a significant number of randomly selected vehicles on the first day with minimal disruption in the normal flow of traffic entering the site.  A key feature of the performance of the CISS™ sensors was that they were located 10 meters away from the vehicles being screened.

Fortunately, no explosives were found on the vehicles entering the Festival grounds.  However, the sensors were able to clearly detect an explosive residue intentionally transferred to the exterior of a vehicle by one of the Emergency Management Officials witnessing the CISS testing.

“I am grateful that we could utilize support from ChemImage to exponentially increase our ability to detect hazardous threats that could enter the festival venue” said Adam Miller, Director of Emergency Management for Huntingdon County PA.  “While we have a substantial threat screening apparatus, this technology helped to fill a gap and its ability to detect ‘test’ threats from our sample stock in residue form was extremely impressive.  I was taken aback by how swiftly the average screening could be accomplished – less than 10 seconds is certainly a leap forward in efficiency.”

About ChemImage Sensor Systems

CISS develops innovative products that utilize patented imaging capabilities and leverage current in-the-field technologies to address the ever-changing landscape of chemical, biological and explosive (CBE) threats. CISS has developed a series of chemical imaging sensors for point, proximity, remote and standoff detection and identification in both fixed site and on-the-move configurations, in order to protect military troops, security personnel and citizens. For more information, visit the website at

ChemImage Sensor Systems is a subsidiary of ChemImage Corporation, a leader in chemical imaging technology and instrumentation.

About ChemImage

ChemImage Corporation, a leader in hyperspectral and Raman chemical imaging technology provides innovative instrumentation, analysis software, contract services and expert consulting to government, industrial and academic organizations. The company’s proprietary, state-of-the-art imaging technology has many applications, including defense, security, pharmaceuticals, forensics and biomedical diagnostic research, which can reveal critical chemical and biological information from a variety of material systems.

ChemImage’s headquarters are located in Pittsburgh, PA, where it pioneers research and development, as well as providing engineering and manufacturing which develops innovative products for the global marketplace.