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Terahertz fingerprints also eliminates drive towards the automated detection For those passengers about whom
the need for operator interpretation solutions being marketed by most of the we have no behavioural concerns but
of complex images as well as the body scanning vendors. cannot readily identify their reason for
significant privacy concerns that have travel, perhaps we can start to use
challenged both millimetre wave and Conclusion millimetre wave imaging, explosive trace
X-Ray technologies. Which is best? It’s hard to say. They all detection portals or backscatter X-ray.
have their pros and cons. Some proffer And for those about whom we have
Automatic Detection speed, others image quality; some iden- serious concern, we need to be able
Also in the vein of automatic detection, tify internal threats, others only external; to guarantee that they do not have
Guardian Technologies International’s some are cheaper, others more expen- any threat item on or in their person,
PinPoint™ Threat Detection a
nd sive; some detect explosives automati- so transmission X-ray must also have a
Identification System is a software plat- cally, others require operators; some role to play.
form that can be added to existing show what we look like nude, others There will be those passengers
checkpoint security scanners, including
turn us into cartoon characters. who have genuine reasons why they
full-body scanners to enable the identi- Many of the more invasive solutions would rather not be scanned using
fication of weapons, explosives (includ-
can certainly not be used on airport- whole body imaging systems – limb
ing liquids) and other threat items. based staff or aircrew who may have amputees, mastectomy patients,
The solution provides imaging analysis to pass through checkpoints numerous children, those with implants and,
technology for the extraction, detection times each day. Then again, these perhaps, transgender travellers. The
and identification of objects-of-interest people are supposed to have achieved advantage of a layered approach
within any digital image format, a
irrespective of the image sensory source.
PinPoint analyses the image generated
by the scanner in sub-second time, so
the throughput is dependent upon the
certain degree of ‘trust’ and, albeit to security, where checkpoints
not exempt from screening, are certainly are equipped with a range of
our primary candidates for screening technologies, is that we can tailor the
by metal detection alone, save for the solution to the individual’s needs as
occasional random check, which would well as our own. That doesn’t trans
scanner throughput rate. However, it will have to be recorded to ensure the the power to select which technology
reduce the time needed for screeners to individual is not repeatedly selected for will be used to screen the passenger
view the images thereby speeding up ‘random’ checks. – it just means we are starting to use
security as people will not be required In reality, for passengers, we need a common sense.
to empty pockets, remove shoes, belts range of security solutions that respond
or other accessories. to the various passenger types we The author is the Editor of Aviation
Automatic detection not only encounter. For the atypical package Security International
addresses privacy concerns but holiday family group who look the part,
also the fallibilities of our screeners. act the part and interact with each
Ultimately, some threat items are simply other and the airport community as Rapiscan's Secure 1000 backscatter X-ray technology
not recognisable to the human eye, we would expect them to, there’s little is available in either single pose (as below) or dual pose
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detection rates of threat items, and safeguard, let’s speed them
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