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06 October 2020

Airbus successfully tests automated aviation security technology with US Authorities

Confirms Airbus’ vision of real-time, automated, contactless detection of chemical or biological threats

Airbus and partner, Koniku Inc., successfully tested the Konicore - an automated and contactless device that can detect chemical, biological and explosive threats by merely "sniffing" the air. The tests were done at the Mobile FAL with the Mobile, Ala. Police Department, the canine squad from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and FBI bomb technicians.

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Mobile, Ala. 06 October 2020 – Airbus and Koniku Inc. have made a significant step forward in the automated and contactless detection of chemical, biological and explosive threats for the aviation industry. In partnership with the Mobile, Ala. Police Department, the canine squad from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and FBI bomb technicians, Airbus led a series of field tests evaluating the performance of the Konikore™ explosive detection device.

These tests demonstrated the Konikore™ was able to detect a widely used primary high explosive, far exceeding expectations and frequently outperforming existing systems used in security threat detection. In these double blinded tests, the Konikore™ showed perfect score in sensitivity and specificity in detecting explosive ordinance.

Based on these positive results Airbus is preparing a series of additional tests with its airport partners, including Singapore Changi Airport and San Francisco International Airport, to validate the integration of this disruptive technology into existing airport security processes for unregulated areas.

Based on the power of odor detection and quantification found in nature, the Konicore technology uses genetically engineered odorant receptors that produce an alarm signal when they come into contact with the molecular compounds of the hazard or threat that they have been programmed to detect.

Airbus and Koniku Inc. entered into a multi-year cooperation agreement in 2017. The agreement leverages Airbus’ expertise in sensor integration and security operations with Koniku’s biotechnology know-how for automated and scalable volatile organic compound detection.

For more information about Koniku, please visit: https://koniku.com

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