Resolve Handheld Through-Barrier Hazmat, Explosives and Narcotics ID, by Cobalt Light Systems

Cobalt’s Resolve™ is a ground-breaking new handheld chemical identification system that identifies hazardous materials through sealed opaque containers, for applications in Hazmat incident management and response, explosive ordnance disposal (EOD), illicit lab search, first responders, law enforcement, military search, and screening at ports and borders.

For the first time a handheld Raman system can identify unknown chemicals, explosives and contraband materials concealed by opaque containers and packaging, such as colored plastics, dark glass, paper, card, sacks and fabrics.

Existing handheld Raman systems work well with direct line-of-sight to the sample, but no other system can identify materials through opaque, colored packaging.

Resolve’s unique capability is powered by Cobalt’s proprietary spatially offset Raman spectroscopy (SORS) technology. 

(Providing a revolutionary new capability in handheld detection, Cobalt’s Resolve™ enables rapid detection and identification of explosives, narcotics and hazardous materials through sealed, opaque containers. Courtesy of Cobalt Light Systems and Vimeo)

The system quickly identifies substances from comprehensive on-board spectral libraries including explosives, precursors, toxic industrial chemicals, chemical agents, narcotics, household chemicals and less commonly used chemicals.

Some of the applications include:

The ability to analyze unknown materials through containers means hazards stay contained.

The ability to analyze unknown materials through containers means hazards stay contained.

With Resolve there is no requirement to open a container to take a sample, and this significantly improves safety and efficiency in most hazardous response operations.

Cobalt Resolve Competes in 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program

The 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards Program, organized to recognize the most distinguished vendors of Physical, IT, Port Security, Law Enforcement, First Responders, (Fire, EMT, Military, Support Services Vets, SBA, Medical Tech) as well as the Federal, State, County and Municipal Government Agencies – to acknowledge their outstanding efforts to ‘Keep our Nation Secure, One City at a Time.’

As an ‘ASTORS’ competitor, Resolve will be competing against the industries leading providers of CBRNE Detection Systems.


2017 ‘ASTORS’ Winners will be honored at the ‘American Security Expo 2017’ to be held November 8-9, 2017, in the Meadowlands Exposition Center, at the 2017 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Luncheon which will take place the afternoon of November 8, 2017.

The full two-day conference & exhibit venue in the New York City area, will include full schedule of conference meetings and speakers – plus an Unmanned Security, Robotics & Drone Exhibition Arena, Hiring Event & Education Opportunities.

ASTORS HSA 2017Good luck to Resolve on becoming a Winner of the 2017 American Security Today’s Homeland Security Awards Program!

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