The Joint Biological Point Detection System (JBPDS) provides automatic detection and identification of airborne biological agents at very low levels, triggers local and remote warning systems, and communicates threat information over standard communication systems.
Using laser-induced fluorescence, the trigger/detector continuously evaluates the atmospheric background for traces of potential biological agents. When the system detects something of a suspicious nature, the collector/concentrator is initiated to sample hundreds of liters of air per minute, providing a small amount of liquid containing the collected aerosol sample.
The collected sample is evaluated for specific biological agents using immunoassays with an automated reader assembly. If the assay shows signs of biological agents, an alarm is sounded and a portion of the collected sample is provided for laboratory analysis.
The system is currently fielded on military vehicles, shipboard, and in fixed-site applications.