For the last 35 years, Bruker has been developing and producing CBRNe technology, being one of the first companies on the market to provide a full range of CBRNe detection equipment. Headquartered in Leipzig since 2005, Bruker’s detection division has been acknowledged as the global supplier of “Gold Standard” detection systems. A leading authority in the field, Bruker Detection products and instruments are used in more than 75 countries by a variety of government organizations in the field of defense, civil defense and disaster management, as well as civil organizations such as security firms, airports, chemical and petro-chemical industries and blue light services.
Detection equipment manufactured by Bruker in Germany encompasses all aspects of CBRNe threats such as toxic chemicals, biological agents, radioactive materials and improvised explosive devices. Products range from chemical detection technology like the µRAID which detects Chemical Warfare Agents and Toxic Industrial Chemicals, to explosives trace detection systems such as the RoadRunner. Such products are aimed at protecting critical infrastructure and are often used to ensure the safety of major public and political events around the world.
To better understand what drives Bruker Detection today, and how it envisions its future, IB Consultancy decided to ask managing director Mr. Sebastian Meyer-Plath a few questions.
IBC: What differentiates your company from others in the CBRNe industry?
SMP: Bruker Detection is the company providing solutions to customers based on a complete CBRNe product portfolio coupled with more than 30 years of experience in the market and its applications. We speak the language of the end-users and understand their needs and requirements and are able to translate those into CBRNe solutions integrated onto all sorts of platforms for use on land, sea or air.
In which regions of the world are your products in high demand?
Obviously, demand is high where the imminent threat level is deemed high, whether that is based on a perceived terrorist threat or on a potential military threat. Hence the demand is global with hot spots in the Middle East and Asia.
In your field of expertise, what do you think will be the most pressing challenges or threats in the future?
My personal opinion is that the biggest technical challenge for research and industry is the detection of IEDs from as far as possible. There is a pressing requirement and no good technical solution yet. Apart from that, the potential use of bulk Toxic Industrial Chemicals by terrorist groups or states will be the biggest threat for the public.
How does your company plan on responding to these changes?
With regards to the bulk chemicals the analytical means, products and solutions are readily available and already installed in Metro Systems and important infrastructure in many countries. The ball is in the field of the respective state organizations to pass legislation to ensure that public places, large buildings as well as mass transport have to be equipped with more than just fire alarms.
Concerning the stand-off detection of IEDs – this still resides with the researchers in academia and institutions to come with something better than the well-known divining rod, but equally simple to use.
How do you ensure that your products are up-to-date with the latest developments?
Within Bruker Detection there is a group of people, you may call them an Innovation Task Force, who on one side scan the scientific literature for the latest discoveries and developments and on the other side collate end-user feedback and threat intelligence to then overlay those two “pictures” and give input for our annual strategic planning process.
What are your company’s primary objectives for the near future?
In the near future, the focus is on improving the current Bio-Identification land-scape with a new approach – the Bruker pBDi. On a broader solution based scale it is to make our products even more autonomous and usable on unmanned platforms.