Bengaluru: India launched the world’s first microsensor based Explosive Trace Detector (ETD) 

Ramesh Pokhriyal, Union minister did the honours.  

Called NanoSniffer, it was developed by NanoSniff Technologies, an IIT Bombay incubated startup. 

Pokhriyal said that NanoSniffer is a step towards Modi’s vision of a self-reliant India. 

More on the device: 

NanoSniffer is a 100% Made in India product in terms of research, development & manufacturing. The core technology of NanoSniffer is protected by patents in the U.S. & Europe. 

The minister added that it would reduce our dependency on imported explosive trace detector devices. It will also encourage other institutions, startups and medium-scale industries to research & develop products indigenously. It’s a perfect example of lab to market product, he added.

Salient features: 

It can detect explosives in less than 10 seconds and it also identifies and categorizes explosives into different classes. It detects all classes of military, conventional and homemade explosives. NanoSniffer gives visible & audible alerts with sunlight-readable color display, he added, a statement from PIB said. 

Through such endeavours, companies are making a sincere effort to boost the nation’s security with advanced and affordable indigenous products. It’s a perfect example of academia and industry collaboration, which will set an example for other startups in India. Our nation is full of talented, knowledgeable and hard-working entrepreneurs, hence why should we import foreign products. It is amazing that now our country is developing & manufacturing products like NanoSniffer, Explosive Trace Detectors, the minister was quoted as saying. 

As NanoSniff is completely indigenous, it reduces the dependency on foreign imports of such devices. Moreover, it also ensures the India doesn’t pay humongous sums in the procurement of such devices. 

NanoSniffer has successfully passed Pune based DRDO’s High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL) testing and has also been tested by the country’s elite counter-terror force National Security Guard (NSG), the press release added.