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Mobile solutions win over French officials

01 Sep 2007
On the move: mobile detection units can penetrate up to 280mm of steel

On the move: mobile detection units can penetrate up to 280mm of steel

Smiths Detection, part of the global Smiths Group, recently delivered two HCV-Mobile systems to French customs, to screen trucks for narcotics, contraband and counterfeit goods. It is the first time the French government has purchased mobile scanners for customs applications. The contract includes an option to buy two more HCV-Mobiles. 

The new units provide customs officers with a radioscopic image of the inspected truck or vehicle, showing its load in detail for comparison with the customs declaration. Smiths already has a stationary system (HCVS) at the Port of Le Havre, and an HCV-Mobile at the Port of Marseilles.

“The control of illegal shipments at ports and borders is a major focus for governments worldwide,” said Stephen Phipson, group managing director of Smiths Detection.

The HCV-Mobiles can penetrate up to 280 mm of steel. They require a setup time of less than 30 minutes and achieve an average throughput of 25 trucks per hour, says Smiths. Last year, Smiths won a $23m contract from the US government for HCV Mobile II trucks, to be deployed to several ports throughout the country.

● The Dominican Republic’s largest ever cocaine seizure, last year, came a week after the installation of a new X-ray inspection system by Smiths. Officials at the Port of Puerto Caucedo seized 2,250 kgs of cocaine with a street value of $40m, hidden in a container of peaches bound for Belgium. The cocaine was located by Smiths’ transportable Silhouette Scan CAB 2000 X-ray inspection system, which had been installed just a week earlier.

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Mobile solutions win over French officials

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