When individual consumers want to know if something works well, they go to Consumer Reports and Angie’s List.
Now Kansas City-based MRIGlobal offers an evaluation site for a different kind of consumer — organizations that use chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive detection equipment.
The recently launched website at cbrnetechindex.com is the result of decades of experience by MRIGlobal scientists in using and evaluating such devices.
“It’s a one-stop shop for researching this equipment,” said Pam Sharitz-Tesch, a spokeswoman for the research institute.
It’s also a potential revenue producer for MRIGlobal, said Almeda Smith, operations manager for the CBRNE Tech Index site. The site will sell “memberships” to manufacturers whose products are reviewed, but Smith said the reviews will be unbiased.
“We won’t sell manufacturers’ ads. We will keep our evaluations separate and won’t compromise our evaluations,” Smith said. “We review all products, even if the manufacturer is out of business. It doesn’t matter if they’re members or not. It’s a comprehensive list of products and our feedback about them.”
The memberships, though, will allow product manufacturers to link from the index to their own websites, Smith said.
In a statement, MRIGlobal said the index reflects its researchers’ “independent testing, evaluation and validation of analytical instruments and methods for government and industrial clients.”
It reviews a product range from easy-to-use test strips to state-of-the-art laboratory equipment for the most technologically advanced government and industrial customers.