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908 Devices’ MX908 Selected by U.S. Army for Augmented Reality Training

908 Devices’ MX908 Selected by U.S. Army for Augmented Reality Training

908 Devices, a pioneer of purpose-built handheld and desktop mass spectrometer devices for chemical and biomolecular analysis, who took home a Gold in the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, has been selected by The United States Army for itsMX908 handheld mass spec deviceto develop an augmented reality training program for chemical identification.

The MX908 is a multi-mission handheld mass spectrometer utilized by elite responders conducting chemical, explosive, priority drug, and HazMat operations around the world.

“We are honored that theMX908has been selected by the U.S. Army as part ofits augmentedreality investment,” explains John Kenneweg, Vice President of Government at 908 Devices.

“Through this program, soldiers are able totrain via augmented reality on the MX908 to optimize its use and ensure their safety when coming into contact with unidentified substances.”

John Kenneweg, Vice President, 908 Devices

“This technology is critical to protect soldiers and provide them with the knowledge and assets they need to increase overall readiness.”

“Further, this program makes it easier and faster to train a large number of soldiers efficiently.”

The MX908 detects compounds at trace levels with a high level of sensitivity and unparalleled selectivity, giving users actionable intelligence.

The MX908 was selected as one of the first chemical detectors for the augmented reality training and will provide chemical detection information ranging from chemical warfare agents and explosives to drugs, including fentanyl.

(See the MX908  handheld mass spectrometer in action. Courtesy of 908 Devices and YouTube.)

As part of the program, 908 Devices has provided operator training on the MX908 to equip soldiers with the knowledge they need to identify substances quickly ,and safely including device familiarization, sampling, and maintenance.

908 Devices has developed this capability for the U.S. Army in collaboration with ForgeFX Simulations MRIGlobal.

Greg Meyers, CEO and co-founder of ForgeFX Simulations

“ForgeFX Simulations is thrilled to partner with 908 Devices to create this augmented reality training simulator for their MX908 mass spectrometer,” says Greg Meyers, CEO and co-founder of ForgeFX Simulations.

“Delivering a holographically projected, interactive virtual version of their product that includes training lessons designed by subject-matter experts ensures that responders receive the highest level of training available.”

“In addition, the application supports networked multiuser connectivity, allowing trainers and trainees to collaborate in real-time, regardless of their individual physical locations—a real game-changer when it comes to providing mission critical training.”

(ForgeFX creates realistic interactive 3D simulations that give your target audience the ability to learn effectively while reducing physical and financial risks. ForgeFX provides custom-developed interactive simulations to clients, whether trying to educate, train, inform, or entertain; interactive 3D simulations fully engage users, transforming them from a passive audience to active participants in the learning process. Courtesy of ForgeFX and YouTube.)

908 Devices is democratizing laboratory mass spectrometry with its simple handheld and desktop devices, addressing critical-to-life applications.

The Company’s devices are used at the point of need to interrogate unknown and invisible materials and provide quick, actionable answers to directly address some of the most critical problems in life sciences research, bioprocessing, pharma/biopharma, forensics and adjacent markets.

908 Devices is headquartered in the heart of Boston, where it designs and manufactures innovative products that bring together the power of mass spectrometry, microfluidic separations, software automation, and machine learning.

908 Devices Takes the Gold in 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards

2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Luncheon (starting front row, left to right) SIMS Software President & CEO Michael Struttmann; TENEO Risk Advisory Executive Chairman Commissioner Bill Bratton; NEC National Security Systems President Dr. Kathleen Kiernan; TSA Administrator David Pekoske; Fortior Solutions General Counsel Katherine Cowan; NEC Corporation of America Senior Vice President & Chief Experience Officer Raffie Beroukhim; TENEO Risk Advisory Chief of Staff David Cagno; Infragard National Board Member Doug Farber, Lumina Analytics Co-Founder & Chairman Allan Martin, and AMAROK Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing Mike Dorrington.

American Security Today’s Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards is the preeminent U.S. Homeland Security Awards Program, and now in its Seventh Year, continues to recognize industry leaders of Physical and Border Security, Cybersecurity, Emergency Preparedness – Management and Response, Law Enforcement, First Responders, as well as federal, state and municipal government agencies in the acknowledgment of their outstanding efforts to Keep our Nation Secure.

908 Devices 

Best CBRNE Detection System

(Learn More about how this first-of-its-Kind Aero Module Detects Aerosolized Chemical Threats; New Targets Added Including Cathinones and Cannabinoids; New MX908 Mobile App Provides Responders Rapid Access & Data Sharing. Courtesy of 908 Devices and Vimeo.)

AST Honors Thomas Richardson, FDNY Chief of Department; Dr. Kathleen Kiernan, President of NEC National Security Systems; and Richard Blatus, FDNY Assistant Chief of Operations, at the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Luncheon at ISC East.

The United States was forever changed 20 years ago on September 11th, and we were fortunate to have many of those who responded to those horrific tragedies join us at the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Luncheon.

In the days that followed 9/11, the critical needs of protecting our country catapulted us into new and innovative ways to secure our homeland – which is how many of the agencies and enterprise organizations that are today ‘ASTORS’ Awards Champions, came into being.

TSA Administrator David Pekoske addresses attendees at the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Luncheon in New York City on November 17, 2021. (Be sure to see AST Exclusive Interview, facilitated by Dr. Kathleen Kiernan HERE.)

Our 2021 keynote speaker featured a moving and informative address from TSA Administrator and Vice-Admiral of the United States Coast Guard (Ret), David Pekoske; to our attendees who traveled from across the United States and abroad, on the strategic priorities of the 64,000 member TSA workforce in securing the transportation system, enabling safe, and in many cases, contactless travel.

Commissioner Bill Bratton signing copies of his latest work, ‘The Profession: A Memoir of Community, Race, and the Arc of Policing in America,’ at the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Presentation Luncheon. (Be sure to see AST Exclusive Interview with Comm Bratton, facilitated by Dr. Kathleen Kiernan HERE.)

Legendary Police Commissioner William Bratton of the New York Police Department, the Boston Police Department, and former Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department was also live at the event, meeting with attendees and signing copies of his latest work ‘The Profession: A Memoir of Community, Race, and the Arc of Policing in America,’ courtesy of the generosity of our 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Premier Sponsors.

The 2022 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program is Proudly Sponsored by New PLATINUM SPONSOR: NEC National Security Systems (NSS), New Premier Sponsors Rajant Corporation, and guardDog AI, and returning Sponsors to date, ATI Systems, Automatic Systems, RX Global, and SIMS Software!

The continually evolving ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program will emphasize the trail of Accomplished Women in Leadership in 2022, as well as the Significance and Positive Impact of Advancing Diversity and Inclusion in our Next Generation of Government and Industry Leaders. #MentorshipMatters

So be on the lookout for exciting upcoming announcements of Speakers, Presenters, Book Signing Opportunities, and Attendees at the 2022 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Presentation Luncheon in November of 2022 in New York City!

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Honoring the 20th anniversary of the Transportation Security Administration (Team TSA at the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Presentation Luncheon.)

In 2021 over 200 distinguished guests representing Federal, State, and Local Governments, and Industry Leading Corporate Firms gathered from across North America, Europe, and the Middle East to be honored among their peers in their respective fields which included:

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Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner (DEAC) Diane J. Sabatino of the Office of Field Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

American Security Today is delighted to announce, that Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner (DEAC) Diane J. Sabatino of the Office of Field Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), will be the opening keynote speaker at the much-anticipated 2022 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Presentation Luncheon, on Wednesday, November 16th, 2022.

American Security Today’s Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards is the preeminent U.S. Homeland Security Awards Program, and now in its Seventh Year, continues to recognize industry leaders of Physical and Border Security, Cybersecurity, Emergency Preparedness – Management and Response, Law Enforcement, First Responders, as well as federal, state and municipal government agencies in the acknowledgment of their outstanding efforts to Keep our Nation Secure.

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The 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program surpassed expectations with a record number of nominations received from industry leaders and government agencies, and drew over 200 attendees to the ‘ASTORS’ Awards Presentation Banquet – an exclusive gourmet luncheon and networking opportunity which filled to capacity, before having to turn away late registrants.

Your ‘ASTORS’ Awards Luncheon registration includes complimentary attendee access to ISC East where you can meet the world’s most innovative suppliers and cyber experts, immerse yourself in hands-on tech and learn from world-renowned speakers and thought-leaders.

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From Physical Security (Access Control, Critical Infrastructure, Perimeter Protection, and Video Surveillance Cameras and Video Management Systems), to IT Security (Cybersecurity, Encryption, Data Storage, Anti-Malware and Networking Security – Just to name a few), the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ CHAMPIONS EDITION has what you need to Detect, Delay, Respond to, and Mitigate today’s real-time threats in our constantly evolving security landscape.

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