Feature Highlights

  • Confirms the identity of 10 bio agents & simulants in under 15 minutes
  • Identifies up to 5 agents per test strip with only 100 uL of sample fluid
  • Eliminates false negatives due to the Hook Effect
  • Assays have 2 year shelf life over a wide temperature range
  • Easy-to-use reader even in poor lighting while wearing PPE

NIDS (Nano Intelligent Detection System) bio-threat detection system offers a transformational advance in immunoassay technology in virtually every aspect of performance, reliability and value — a true ‘best in class’ solution now available globally through Smiths Detection.

The NIDS handheld reader is a palm-sized, portable, ruggedized optical scanning device that takes all of the guess work out of interpreting Handheld Assay results by different responders in field conditions with poor lighting and limited visibility while wearing PPE. The reader stores up to 3,000 test results, including a preserved scanned image of each test, on a microSD disc.

NIDS handheld bio-threat commercial assays are currently available to identify: Bacillus anthracis (Ba), Yersinia pestis (Yp), Franciscella tularensis (Ft). Vaccinia virus (VAC), Ricin, Botulinum Toxin A (Bot A), Botulinum Toxin B (Bot B) and Staphylococcal Enterotoxin B (SEB).

Smiths Detection is the sole global distributor of NIDS, which is manufactured by ANP Technologies, Inc.

NIDS Stand-Alone Reader SAR IV
Size 11.7 x 5.7 x 9.4cm (4.6 x 2.3 x 3.7in)
Weight 790g (12oz)
Battery Powered Runs on 3 alkaline AA batteries, which provides 2-3 hours of run time
LCD Display Large color LCD display with variable brightness control (5 levels of intensity)
Micro-SD Card Removable 2GB flash memory card suitable to save up to 3,000 test images
Mains Power Adaptor 5VDC Power adapter equipped with type A ‘American’ two prong plug

Rated for input of 100-240VAC, 50/60Hz, 150mA

Mini-USB Port Allows SAR IV to be powered from PC as well as to manage data, update firmware and change settings using the NIDS

stand-alone reader PC Software supplied with the system

CE Certified Ruggedized unit designed for field portable use

No tools required to access battery compartment

Sealed micro-SD card or mini-USB port

Removable base for easy cleaning and decontamination

Includes 3M lint free cloth for cleaning optical scanner window

NIDS Bio-Threat Assays Various multiplexed assays (up to 5 bio agents per ticket) are available
Size 2 x 7 x 0.6cm (0.8 x 2.8 x 0.25in)
Weight 5.2g (0.18oz)
Commercial Assays Commercial assays are available in various multiplex configurations to identify Ba, Ft, Yp, VAC, Ricin, Bot A,

Bot B & SEB

Training Assays Single target training assays and test powders are available for Bt & Bg

The NIDS bio-threat detection kit includes the SAR IV reader, 20 assay packs, 2 sampling kits and NIDS SAR IV PC software, all provided in a Pelicase

NIDS Bio-Threat Detection Kit NIDS-3000
Size 41 x 32 x 18cm (16.1 x 12.6 x 7.1in)
Weight 4.6kg (10.1lb)
Assay Packs Each assay pack in NIDS-3000 kit contains one each: microbe screen (BA, FT & YP) & toxin screen (BotA, BotB, SEB & Ricin)
Sampling Kits Each sampling kit includes two each: 20 mL screw-cap dropper bottle containing 5mL of buffer solution, powder scoops, swabs and sample collection vials