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Company Putting Hazard-Sniffing Sensors on Drones

US Nuclear Corp. on Tuesday announced it is now providing miniaturized sensors on its drone and safety monitors to detect hazards that once took a laboratory to detect. They are aimed at increasing safety at public gathering spots.

US Nuclear, a manufacturer in Canoga Park, has sourced highly sensitive miniaturized versions of mass spectrometers and gas chromatographs and offering them on its drone detection system as well as other safety systems such as doorway monitors and portable handheld devices used by first responders.

“These are all used to protect the public at large sports and music venues, border crossings, airports, and shipping ports,” the company said in a release.

The sensors can detect biohazards, nerve agents, war gases, and other hard-to-detect compounds, the company’s release added.

Bob Goldstein, chief executive of the San Fernando Valley company, said that it was acting to make people feel safe whether they are traveling, working or going to a large event.

“With our instrumented drones and these portable super-sensors, there is so much we can do that was previously just impossible,” Goldstein said in a statement.

Until recently, finding and identifying these hazards often required an investigator to take physical samples and send them to a special lab for testing. Now, US Nuclear offers drone-mounted, portable, and fixed systems to automatically detect these hazards to better safeguard the public, the company said.

Shares in US Nuclear (UCLE) on Tuesday closed down a fraction of a cent to nearly 16 cents on the over-the-counter market.

Hannah Madans Welk
Hannah Madans Welk
Hannah Madans Welk is a managing editor at the Los Angeles Business Journal and the San Fernando Valley Business Journal. She previously covered real estate for the Los Angeles Business Journal. She has done work with publications including The Orange County Register, The Real Deal and doityourself.com.

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