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NYC Building Deploys BPSI’s Chemical Detection System

NYC Building Deploys BPSI’s Chemical Detection System Homeland Security TodayThe Building Protection Systems, Inc. (BPSI) announced on Tuesday the successful installation of their Building Sentry One™ Chemical Detection System at an undisclosed downtown Manhattan landmark building. The system was implemented to protect the building’s tenants from a targeted terrorist attack or accidental release of toxic industrial chemicals.

The multi-sensor platform was seamlessly integrated into the existing Building Management System (BMS) and security platform, protecting a majority of its existing infrastructure.

BPSI is a leader in reliable automated toxin protection life-safety systems for public spaces, mass transit stations, and buildings. Their products are Qualified Anti-Terrorist Technologies with the capacity to quickly and reliably detect, identify and isolate toxic chemicals in the air.

Greg Eiler, President at BPSI, compared implementation of the chemical detection system to the early adopters of building sprinkler systems. It was not until the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in NYC in 1911 that finally prompted business owners to implement sprinkler systems.

The factory fire was the deadliest industrial disaster in the history of the city—and one of the deadliest in US history—resulting in the deaths of 146 garment workers.

“There is a mounting and sustained drive by thought-leading building owners to add protections against thehuge risks associated with a Targeted Toxic Industrial Chemical Attack or Radiological Dirty Bomb release. It is akin to the early adopters of building sprinkler systems prior to the tragic Triangle Factory Fires in 1911 where it took an actual fire and large loss of life to push owners to adopt building sprinkler systems,” said Greg Eiler, BPSI’s President at BPSI.

Mike Welden, SVP of Homeland Security for BPSI, said that the type of detection system provided by BPSI surpasses traditional air monitoring and has replaced less reliable first generation detector systems that yielded high false alarm rates.

In the Feb/March 2016 issue of the magazine, Homeland Security Today reported that a dirty bomb is not a difficult weapon to construct. A single device could be capable of contaminating a dozen or more city blocks, rendering them unfit for habitation without aggressive decontamination, which is both lengthy and costly.

Although terrorists have yet to launch a successful dirty bomb attack on US soil, the threat is real and terrorists have shown an interest in Radiological Dispersal Devices, making it is imperative that the US public understand and prepare for radiological incidents.

"We are very concerned with the current state of unrest in the world today and the focus of harm to the western world and our way of life. These detection protections answer deeply to several of our security concerns," said an undisclosed security expert regarding the installation.

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