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TacticID®-N Plus: Handheld Narcotics Identification

B&W Tek’s TacticID®-N Plus spectrometer is a field-ready handheld instrument designed exclusively for non-contact forensic analysis of narcotics, precursors, cutting agents and pharmaceutical drugs by law enforcement personnel.

Thanks to its intuitive workflow and touchscreen, the instrument enables samples to be analyzed non-destructively through opaque and transparent packaging. The sample threat level is prominently displayed for customs, law enforcement and border protection to act swiftly with very little sample contact.

The TacticID-N Plus employs lab-proven Raman spectroscopy, thus enabling users to achieve actionable identification of illicit substances without affecting the integrity of the sample or the chain of evidence.

As a standard, the TacticID-N Plus is available with an extensive library of more than 1,000 substances. In addition, users can access periodic library updates to constantly maintain up-to-date identification capabilities and stay ahead of emerging narcotics.

Key Features

Critical component mixture ID: Users can determine the components and threat level within a mixed sample.

Narcotics library: The instrument includes the industry’s most comprehensive on-board library of narcotics and pharmaceutical drugs.

Indirect contact analysis: Scanning is performed directly through bottles, plastics and other translucent packaging materials, thus increasing user safety.

USB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi connectivity: Users can easily and securely manage data, send results and update software/libraries. Reports can be directly written to USB.

Touch screen quick notes: The touch screen interface enables users to add custom notes to a scan result anywhere and anytime.

Actionable results: Immediate visual safety information is offered in the form of GHS and NFPA704 safety information displayed together with red, yellow and green result screens.

On-board camera: Users can capture photos at the scene and record any information related to the sample with the help of the onboard camera. Photos and notes are included in the test report.


Source: B&W Tek

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Excitation Wavelength 785 nm
Laser Output Power 300 +/- 30 mW at 100%, adjustable in 1% increments
Spectral Range 176 cm-1 to 2900 cm-1
Display High brightness & high resolution touch screen
Software TOS Plus (embedded), TID Plus (PC)
Data Formats .txt, .csv, .spc, .pdf
Libraries Narcotics, Pharmaceutical Drugs, Cutting Agents, and Precursors
Languages English, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), Spanish, French, Japanese, Korean, German, Turkish, Polish
Connectivity USB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Export Report to USB drive
Battery Rechargeable Li-ion, >10 hrs continuous operation or CR123 battery option
AC Adapter DC 18 V, 1.65 A
Weight ~ 2.2 lbs (~1.0 kg)
Size 7.5 in x 3.9 in x 2.0 in (19 cm x 10 cm x 5 cm)
Operating Temperature -20 °C to +50 °C
Storage Temperature -30 °C to +60 °C
Protection IP65


TacticID®-N Plus: Handheld Narcotics Identification

Image Credit: B&W Tek

TacPac™ Adaptor

The in-built TacPac adaptor enables for simple, precise identification of fentanyl, heroin, synthetics and other conventionally challenging Raman samples with the help of Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS). The instrument is provided with a SERS library of several opioids and low-dose narcotic substances.

TacticID®-N Plus: Handheld Narcotics Identification

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Sampling Accessories

Apart from the TacPac adaptor, the integrated liquid vial holder and point-and-shoot adaptor are adaptable for various sample types and situations. The optional right angle adaptor is perfect for performing hands-free, fast throughput sampling without disturbing the substance. The instrument also includes a polystyrene validation cap that helps perform a quick system check.

Point and shoot.

Point and shoot. Image Credit: B&W Tek

Vial holder.

Vial holder. Image Credit: B&W Tek

Polystyrene validation.

Polystyrene validation cap. Image Credit: B&W Tek

Right angle adaptor (optional).

Right angle adaptor (optional). Image Credit: B&W Tek

TacPac adaptor.

TacPac adaptor. Image Credit: B&W Tek

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