Union Minister launched NanoSniffer, a microsensor based explosive trace detector.

What is NanoSniffer?

  • NanoSniffer is the world’s first microsensor based Explosive Trace Detector (ETD) developed by NanoSniff Technologies, an IIT Bombay incubated startup.
  • NanoSniffer has been marketed by Vehant Technologies, a spin-off from a former IIT Delhi incubated startup Kritikal Solutions.
  • NanoSniffer is a 100% ‘Made in India’ product in terms of research, development & manufacturing. The core technology of NanoSniffer is protected by patents in the U.S. & Europe.
  • NanoSniffer can detect explosives in less than 10 seconds and it also identifies and categorizes explosives into different classes.
  • It detects all classes of military, conventional and homemade explosives.
  • NanoSniffer gives visible & audible alerts with sunlight-readable colour display.


  • Given the constant threats, which India faces due to geo-political realities, explosives & contraband detection has become a norm at high security locations like airports, railways & metro stations, hotels, malls, and other public places.
  • Check points at such locations are incorporating advanced detection equipment for rapid scanning of people and baggage.
  • Almost all these products for explosive detection are imported at a high cost leading to the loss of valuable foreign exchange by the country.
  • NanoSniffer is a perfect substitute for such products.
  • This is significant because this affordable device will reduce India’s dependency on imported explosive trace detector devices.
  • NanoSniff has passed tests conducted by DRDO’s High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL), Pune; and by the National Security Guard (NSG) as well.


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