This article explains the Autonomous Pathogen Detection System (APDS), which was deployed in 2004 to better protect the public from a bioaerosol attack. been honored with a 2004 R&D 100 Award. "The lectern-size APDS can be placed in airports, office buildings, performing arts centers, mass transit systems, sporting arenas-anywhere an attack might be launched. APDS was designed to get results fast and get them right, without false positives. Biological scientist Richard Langlois, who spearheaded the APDS development effort, explains, 'The system provides results on the spot. Faster results allow a faster emergency response, which in the end means saving lives.'"
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory: https://www.llnl.gov/