Terror-Hunters’ Human Scent Collectors

Terrorists: You can run. But with that body odour, you can’t hide. That’s the idea behind a new program from the Technical Support Working Group, or TSWG. The research arm of the government’s anti-terror fight is looking to for someone to build a rugged, reliable, and compact system for canine handlers to collect human scent for future use to track a specified target. There are similar systems around today, the group notes. But they’re too large and fragile to be used in an operational environment. TSWG wants a handheld, rugged device to do the job, instead. And the group has laid an exhaustive set of criteria for any contractor looking to build the thing

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