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.
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
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.
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.
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.