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Scanning solutions must offer comprehensive detection

04 Sep 2009

"The key drivers are the need for comprehensive detection of a wide range of threats," Andrew Goldsmith, Rapiscan

Security specialist Rapiscan Systems says it believes that the 100% scanning requirement will be implemented - but there are still questions regarding exactly how different ports will be required to comply with the regulation, and what effective screening would entail.

"We support the creation of standards that incorporate the input of all industry stakeholders to ensure that the regulation can be effectively rolled out," says Andrew Goldsmith, vice president of marketing for Rapiscan.In general, container scanning remains a very important part of security efforts worldwide and there is no evidence of a slowdown in demand as a result of the economic slowdown, says Mr Goldsmith. "The key drivers are the need for comprehensive detection of a wide range of threats, including narcotics and weapons, through the vehicle or container being scanned."

In terms of making choices of systems/solutions, he says: "There are many ports, customs agencies, homeland security agencies and terminal operators worldwide with varying and evolving needs. We do not think the market is saturated by any means."

Rapiscan claims its inspection systems have the most advanced capabilities in terms of the ability to discriminate between various materials being imaged.

"The latest development in technology is the growing consensus within the industry and among customers that high-energy transmission X-ray offers the best combination of image quality and comprehensive detection for cargo and other types of scanning. In terms of R&D, we are working on systems that are lighter and more mobile; have a smaller exclusion zone; can detect a wide range of threats at high throughputs; and have outstanding image quality."

Rapiscan recently won a major contract from UK Customs to supply multiple high-energy X-ray cargo screening systems. It has also received major orders for cargo systems in the US, the Middle East and Asia.

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