Qylur’s Automated, Security Screening Kiosk Deployed at World Cup
Qylur Security Systems says its Qylatron self-service security screening system was used at one of the stadiums for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The Qylatron allows multiple individuals to put their own belongings into separate screening pods on one end of the machine and retrieve them on the other. California-based Qylur maintains that its system reduces security costs with up to 50 percent lest staffing while improving the customer experience. “We heard from dozens of soccer fans at the World Cup about how much fun they had personally interacting with the Qylatron,” says Lisa Dovlev, the company’s founder and CEO. “This is especially gratifying as it validates the core principle of why I founded Qylur, to preserve human liberty while offering the most advanced security screening technology in the industry.” The customer for the Qylatron is Agogo Marketing Promcional, which is the event operations company for the World Cup in the cities of Curatiba and Salvador. Dovlev tells HSR that one of the lessons learned was that the operations showed that only one operator is needed for the Qylatron, which provides automated screening while also allowing the operator to review images for alarmed items. She also says that in cases where lines of people were backed up, it was because there weren’t enough walk-through metal detectors and not the use of the Qylatron. The system consists of five self-service screening pods.
Sandia-Developed IED Detector Being Transferred to Army
The Copperhead, a miniature synthetic aperture radar system mounted on unmanned aerial vehicles and developed by Sandia National Labs for military use in Iraq and Afghanistan for detecting improvised explosive devices (IEDs), is being transferred to the Army to support combat military personnel. The system has been uncovering IEDs in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2009. The technology was developed with the Defense Department’s Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization, the Army Engineer Research and Development Center, the Naval Air Systems Command, Naval Research Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory, and AirScan.
Qatar Airways, Hamad International Airport in IATA Security Pilot
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) says that Qatar Airways and the newly opened Hamad International Airport in Doha have agreed to participate in a Smart Security pilot program, which is a joint venture between IATA and Airports Council International (ACI) aimed at improving security and the passenger experience by increasing operational efficiency at airport security checkpoints. The pilot program focuses resources based on risk and uses advanced screening technologies and process innovations. IATA and ACI are also conducting Smart Security pilots at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam and Heathrow airport in London.
ORTEC Releases New Chemical and Explosives Weapons Identification System
AMETEK’s [AME] ORTEC Products Group has released the PINS3-CW Portable Chemical Identification System that quickly detects and identifies hazardous chemicals inside munitions or chemical storage containers through non-destructive gamma analysis. The company says the system offers customer lower operating costs by eliminating the need for liquid nitrogen and a Californium-252 neutron source. The system is designed for field use and has a 12 hour runtime with external rechargeable batteries.