Saudi Chemical Company invests in ExploTrack

Published 23 January 2008

Saudi Chemical Company is first Middle East company to enter global explosives security market; real-time explosives control is becoming a big business, with approximately nine million metric tonnes of explosives moving throughout the global supply-chain annually

ExploTrack (Web site still under construction; see details at Zukovich, Morhard & Wade) announced that the Saudi Chemical Company has taken an investment position in its company, which provides solutions which detect, track, monitor, and identify explosives in real-time and also offers solutions which enable supply-chain security. “ExploTrack is a strategic investment for the Saudi Chemical Company which represents our commitment to technology and innovation. ExploTrack provides unprecedented global explosives security with clear chain-of-custody and authentication in the dynamic commercial explosives environment,” said Mohammed H. Al-Sogaih, deputy general manager at Saudi Chemical Company. ExploTrack is the inventor of Smart Explosives and Smart Detonators, which are transported in Smart Cases and secured in Smart Magazines. “Real-time globally visible explosives security is one of the best defenses against terrorists who misuse explosives to manufacture bombs,” said Bob Morhard, CEO of ExploTrack. “With this unprecedented end-to-end solution, we are embarking on an age in which Smart Explosives and Smart Detonators and their chain-of-custody is visible in real- time any place on earth.”

Real-time explosives control is becominga big business, with approximately nin million metric tonnes of explosives moving throughout the global supply-chain annually. “We recognize the vital importance of providing a secure and efficient means of tracking explosives shipments as they move through normal commerce throughout the world,” said Al-Sogaih. “By combining Saudi Chemical Company strengths with the ExploTrack record as an explosives technical services provider to the multinational industrial explosives manufacturing industry, we are now in a position to ensure the rapid deployment of explosives security systems throughout the world.” The ExploTrack technical solutions “are based on the company’s patented RFID technology platform, which operates to stringent explosives safety standards, in real- world environments where other RFID technologies repeatedly fail,” said Morhard.

We note that the Master Lock Company and ExploTrack have teamed up to develop the ExploSecure product line, which uses PulseCode electronic locking technology for storage magazine doors, explosives delivery truck doors, ocean container doors, bulk truck access panels, production areas, bulk storage bins, rail cars, and any other area where explosives must be secured. ExploSecure provides the administrator with an audit trail by providing details of exactly who opened the door and when it was opened. MagTrack, a part of the ExploAccess product line, complements the ExploSecure system to provide a hardware and software platform to control and monitor explosives materials inventory and their real-time storage conditions anywhere in the world using secure wireless communications protocols operating under solar power, all under a secure Web-based software platform.

ExploTrack will launch ExploSecure and ExploAccess at the International Society of Explosives Engineers annual conference which will be held 26-30 January 2008 in New Orleans. The company products will be available for purchase in February 2008 at the company’s Web site (which is still under construction).