New generation in handheld chemical detection

Rapid chemical identification of unknown substances

Progeny ResQ

Progeny ResQ 1064nm handheld Raman provides emergency responders, law enforcement agencies and the military with the industry’s most comprehensive tool for chemical identification, CBRNe detection, and narcotics classification in a fast and simple handheld form.

Faced with increasingly sophisticated chemical threats and global drug trafficking, Progeny ResQ provides users with confidence to:

  • Detect explosive threats quickly and accurately in harsh environments
  • Identify a wide range of narcotics and illegal drugs
  • Respond to suspicious hazardous materials that risk public safety

Listen to The Hazmat Guys’ Podcast: The 1064nm Raman Advantage by Rigaku

Progeny ResQ is a cutting-edge chemical detection system. that uses Raman spectroscopy to identify unknown compounds. Differentiated from traditional handheld and portable Raman systems, Progeny ResQ utilizes unique 1064nm laser excitation. The 1064nm advantage overcomes sample-induced fluorescence interference, allowing operators to identify many real-world compounds (including those that are colored or found in colored packaging) that were previously “invisible” to older generation systems.

QuickDetect Software

With a library of over 13,000 compounds, Progeny ResQ provides results within seconds at the touch of a button. Intuitive, smartphone-inspired QuickDetect software uses advanced algorithms and extensive databases to identify the sample (pure or mixture) and presents the user with a simple ‘Threat / No Threat” reading and relevant NFPA hazard information that can be used to guide the response effort.

Threat recipe alerts with 4C Technology

Progeny ResQ now has the ability to monitor individually identified chemicals that could possibly be used in combinations as precursors to create an ever more hazardous situation – such as the making of explosives or illicit drugs – with 4C Technology. Often a first responder is required to know these vast recipes or have an immediate ability to verify with an off-site expert. This can cause unnecessary delays. Progeny ResQ can now foresee a potentially more dangerous threat and warn the user automatically.

Durable Versatility

The Progeny ResQ handheld chemical analyzer is the only handheld 1064nm-based Raman unit that has passed rigorous testing to the United States Military Standard 810-G and IP 68. Progeny ResQ can be operated using one hand with its touch-screen or controlled by the large, hard press buttons that can be felt through several layers of gloves. What’s more, Progeny ResQ handheld Raman chemical analyzer has an embedded 5mp camera for sample or environment image capture that can be attached to an analysis report.

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  • 1064nm advantage to measure more substances, including colored materials or through containers
  • Rugged, MIL-STD-810G tested tool to collect analysis in any environment
  • Large buttons and bright screen display for use in the field
  • Largest standard library for increased confidence
  • Automatic alerts of potentially dangerous combinations to expand incident response

Progeny ResQ specifications

Progeny ResQ is a cutting-edge chemical detection system that uses Raman spectroscopy to identify unknown compounds. First responders can now use handheld Raman spectrometers to bring analytical technology to the point of need, which minimizes the impact of real-world HAZMAT incidences, terrorist threats, and drug trafficking.

Mode of Operation
Handheld, with optional docking station
  Efficiently identify threats at the point of need
Includes measurement delay timer (up to 10 minutes) for additional safety

Excitation Wavelength  
  Measure a broader range of substances

Output Power  
30-490 mW adjustable laser excitation power 
  Allows for customization of analysis parameters to obtain most accurate analysis of your specifi c materials

Graphical User Interface with QuickDetect™ Software  
Touchscreen and softkeys
  Smartphone-inspired with bright, touchscreen display or large button navigation for protective glove use

Digital Camera  
  Record sample evidence and store with analysis

Reporting Capabilities  
  Immediate PDF generation and transfer of results with camera images

Included Standard Library  
  Up to 13,000 compounds including CWA, explosives, TIC/TIM, narcotics

User-Created Library  
  Easily adaptable for new, emerging threats into custom library; export to share with other Progeny ResQ users worldwide

Threat Recipe Alerts with 4C™ Technology   
  Expands incident response by warning users of potential dangerous combinations

Data Transfer  
  Transfer results via WiFi or USB

Operating Temperature  
-20 to 50°C intermittent, +40°C continuous

MIL-810-G, IP-68

14.4V Li-ion, 3100mAH, > 5hrs
  Long-lasting charge with options for a recharger or docking station for 24/7 operation

External Power  
100~240VAC, 50-60Hz,
+18V DC, 2.5A

29.9cm x 8.1cm x 7.4cm
(11.8in x 3.2in x 2.9in)
  Allows for single-hand operation 

~1.6kg (3.5lbs)

24 months

Progeny ResQ is not ITAR-restricted, though a U.S. Department of Commerce export license may be required for some countries.

White Papers

  • Comparison of FT-IR and Raman Spectroscopy: Identification of common chemicals in safety and security applications
    Correct and timely identification of chemicals and chemical compounds are required to ensure safety. In this work, a comparison of two proven techniques is performed on a set of chemicals considered “materials of interest” in safety and security applications.

Several accessories are available with Progeny ResQ handheld Raman to optimize your analysis of samples presented in varying sizes, shapes and forms.


Adjustable base adapter ships with each instrument. This user adjustable feature optimizes the laser focus to ensure analysis of substances within packaging. It easily attaches to the front of the unit and is secured with a thumb screw. ResQ accessory
Tablet/universal adaptor is included with all shipments and can be used to hold samples of varying sizes including pills, capillary tubes, vials and small plastic packets. The tablet holder easily snaps onto the adjustable base adapter. ResQ accessory


Docking station expands data transfer portability with the ability to transfer custom libraries to multiple units, as well as provide a battery charge. ResQ accessory
Bottle adapter forms to bottles of different sizes and shapes. It snaps onto the nosecone. ResQ accessory
Vial holder allows the user to adjust the sample position to optimize the laser focus for different sized vials. It attaches to the front of the unit and secured with a thumb screw. ResQ accessory
Holster provides hands-free transport of the analyzer. ResQ accessory
Protective boot provides a safeguard cover (not required) ResQ accessory
Location Date Booth
ARABLAB Dubai, UAE Mar 18 2018 to Mar 21 2018
Pre-International Drug Enforcement Conference (RAD) Tobago, West Indies Mar 18 2018 to Mar 22 2018
International Drug Enforcement Conference (RAD) Rotterdam, The Netherlands Apr 9 2018 to Apr 12 2018
Analytica Munich, Germany Apr 10 2018 to Apr 13 2018
New York Hazmat Seminar (RAD) Montour Falls, NY Apr 13 2018 to Apr 14 2018
National Guard Association of Louisiana Conference (RAD) Baton Rouge, LA Apr 20 2018 to Apr 21 2018
SOFIC 2018 (RAD) Tampa, FL May 21 2018 to May 24 2018 849
NBC Symposium on CBRNE Threats (RAD) Rovaniemi, Finland Jun 4 2018 to Jun 7 2018 A17
International Hazmat (RAD) Baltimore, MD Jun 8 2018 to Jun 9 2018 313
ACHEMA 2018 Frankfurt am Main, Germany Jun 11 2018 to Jun 15 2018
Fire Rescue International (RAD) Dallas, TX Aug 8 2018 to Aug 11 2018 3142
National Guard Association of the US Conference (RAD) New Orleans, LA Aug 24 2018 to Aug 27 2018 1819
JASIS 2018 Tokyo, Japan Sep 5 2018 to Sep 7 2018
Virginia Hazmat Conference (RAD) Norfolk, VA Sep 10 2018 to Sep 14 2018
CBRNe Convergence (RAD) Orlando, FL Nov 6 2018 to Nov 8 2018 413
Japanese Assoc Forensic Science 2018 (RAD) Japan Nov 8 2018 to Nov 9 2018


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