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Smiths Detection introduces next generation of X-ray scanners for public buildings

By Steve Bittenbender

Smiths Detection unveiled today a compact checkpoint scanner that was built specifically to examine hand-carried items brought into public buildings.

The England-based company says the HI-SCAN 6040C meets the requirements for scanning bags, packages and other small items to ensure none of them conceal prohibited items. The scanner’s compact size enables it to check packages up to 24 inches in width and 16 inches tall. Company officials also said the machine can be used at entrances without taking up too much space.

The imaging technology, which Smiths has honed over its 40 years of experience in the market, will allow security personnel to see items either in black-and-white or color and also help them identify both organic and inorganic materials. That will make it easier to detect items like explosives, food, money, narcotics or weapons, the company said in a press release. Each machine will be able to store up to 20,000 images, with options available to expand the memory to hold 500,000.

This type of technology is designed for a variety of buildings, including: jails, courthouses, embassies, banks and hotels. Smiths makes it available on its own or it can be included with other products, such as the company’s people screeners or trace detectors that can identify narcotics or explosives. The electronics and software also can be upgraded easily to meet future security requirements, and the machine also can be connected to the Internet to allow security personnel to monitor remotely.

 “Security incidents in public buildings around the world demonstrate how vulnerable our society can be,” said Shan Hood, Smiths Detection’s vice president of product and technology. “Our new HI-SCAN 6040C X-ray inspection system is tailored to the security needs of buildings where large numbers of people come and go every day. The upgraded electronics and software ensure that it is prepared for both current and future security requirements. "

The company offers security solutions to both civilian and defense departments worldwide. It also develops technology products that detect a variety of threats, including chemical, biological, radiation and nuclear weapons. Smiths Detection is part of Smiths Group, which employs more than 23,000 people in 50 countries, including the United States. 

With annual sales of nearly $850 million, Smiths Detection employs 2,000 people around the world. The company said the majority of its sales are to government agencies, including homeland security organizations, customs officials and military personnel.

In the last 10 years, Smiths has invested about $450 million to develop the latest technology. That work led to the creation of the first automatic explosive and liquid detection system and the first high-speed explosives detection system for checked baggage. That system uses multiple X-ray scans along with three dimensional technology.

Smiths Detection has more than 75,000 X-ray machines and 24,500 explosive detectors deployed in more than 180 countries. It also has deployed more than 44,000 chemical agent detectors worldwide, including ones supplied to the U.S. armed forces, and 70,000 chemical agent monitors to military personnel in 30 countries.


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