Often odorless and invisible, chemical agents act fast and can rapidly lead to paralysis or death. ECBC's technology--still under development--is designed to help soldiers avoid those dangerous situations. Built around the handheld Joint Chemcial Agent Detector, these sensor-equipped canisters can be dropped from an airplane, parachute to the ground, and then relay via satellite any information on chemical agents they pick up. The canisters have seismic sensors, and the ability to detect other airborne chemical agents, including Sarin, Mustard gas, Lewisite, and Cyanogen Chloride, among others. There's also a GPS antenna to help soldiers pinpoint its location. The prototype cans have a battery life of up to six hours, which the researchers hope to increase to several days.