PositiveID Corporation and ENSCO awarded U.S. Department of Homeland Security contract for SenseNet program phase II
PositiveID Corporation of Delray Beach, FL announced on August 29 that it, in conjunction with its partner, ENSCO, Inc., has been awarded a Phase II contract under the SenseNet Program from the U.S. Department of the Interior on behalf of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate. The goal of the SenseNet program is to implement faster, less expensive bio-threat detection systems to increase the effectiveness of current systems and provide an added level of security.
Under this Phase II award, PositiveID will provide its Firefly Dx system, designed to be a fully automated, lab quality, real-time device able to detect bio-threats at the point of need in minutes instead of hours. A design advantage of Firefly Dx is that it does not require additional equipment or separate steps for sample preparation and purification, unlike current lab-based equipment, thus reducing time to results as well as cost per test. ENSCO will be responsible for the systems integration and decision support under the Phase II award.
“We are very proud to be awarded another prestigious contract with ENSCO for the SenseNet Program,” stated William Caragol, chairman and CEO of PositiveID. “We believe this follow-on contract is significant as it demonstrates the robust capabilities of Firefly Dx combined with ENSCO’s scientific and engineering capabilities, to meet the needs of the SenseNet program and improve national warning and decision systems.”