In military words, CBRNE threats means all threats of the nuclear, radiological, biological, chemical kind or based on explosives. These threats arise primarily from the increased use of weapons of mass destruction and their effects are difficult to control and contain because of their power or their aptitude to release into the environment.

For effective control, the agencies responsible for civil protection - firefighters, police,... - need CBRNE detection solutions to be used in the field for effective and timely interventions in critical situations related to war, terrorist attacks or industrial accidents.