Smiths Detection Introduces Threat Identification System Upgrade for Liquids

Smiths Detection has launched a Threat Identification Module (TIM) for liquids that provides an upgrade to the company’s standard X-Ray baggage screening system to enable the automated detection of liquid threats in carry-on baggage. The TIM is designed as a simple add-on for the company’s HI-SCAN6040i and 6040si scanners, allowing for an upgrade of detection standards to those approved as Liquid Explosives Detection Systems under the European Union LEDS Standard 2 Type C requirements that take effect on Jan. 31, 2014. “With TIM, we provide our customers a highly cost-efficient way to upgrade their current or new X-Ray scanners,” says Hans Zirwes, vice president for International Sales at Smiths Detection. “It fits seamlessly with the design of our existing systems and maintains the renowned high quality of Smiths Detection’s imaging.”

ORTEC Introduces Spectroscopic Radiation Portal Monitor

AMETEK’s [AME] ORTEC Products Group his launched the Detective-SPM-16 Spectroscopic Portal Monitor for primary radiation screening of trucks, vehicles, containers, trains and air cargo applications. Based on ORTEC’s high purity germanium (HPGe) detector core technology, the Detective-SPM-16 is designed to provide users with a high level of detection and identification of nuclear threats while at the same time minimizing nuisance alarms that are the basis of high overhead costs at ports of entry. The new system incorporates large area HPGe and non He-3 neutron detectors which provides improvements in nuclear threat identification performance over other radiation detectors, says ORTEC. “The new Detective-SPM portal monitoring system is a reliable and heavily tested solution that detects, identifies and locates the lowest quantity of special nuclear material in a stream of commerce,” says Frank Vorwald, vice president and business unit manager at ORTEC. “The system’s superior low false alarm rate and high throughput capability is a significant improvement for port operators and security organizations burdened with excessive secondary screenings, and costly waiting times for drivers, vendors and shipping companies.”

ORTEC Launches Chem Munitions and Weapons Identification System

AMETEK’s [AME] ORTEC Products Group has introduced the PINS3-CF Portable Chemical Munitions Identification System, which it developed to safely detect and identify chemicals inside thick steel containers or elsewhere and to quickly determine whether or not those chemicals pose a hazard. The system provides non-destructive analysis using a small neutron source to penetrate a container. The system was designed around the company’s Trans-Spec-P high-purity germanium spectrometer that measures for and identifies potentially hazardous chemicals using a special algorithm and software developed in partnership with Idaho National Labs.

Lumidigm Says its Imaging Sensors Used in S. Korean Immigration Project

Lumidigm says that its multispectral imaging sensors are being used in multi-biometric processing stations developed by South Korea’s SMARTCORE for entry into Korea Immigration stations where visitors submit their arrival card and passport to an immigration officer. Upon arrival to an immigration station, foreign visitors place their index fingers on the two Lumidigm fingerprint sensors for simultaneous fingerprint verification. The stations also photograph the faces of each visitor during the transaction. “When selecting a fingerprint biometric for the MBAS, we had to make sure every visitor could use the device,” says Bong Kyu Choi, SMARTCORE’s president. “We looked to Lumidigm because of the extremely low failure-to-enroll rates of their core technology. We were also able to leverage the superior performance of multispectral imaging to meet the liveness detection standards demanded by the Korean Immigration Service.”