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alternatives), when company spokesman, system and on-board inspector’s cab. All five-year term) included. The scanners are
Peter Kant, tabled an open debate of this manufacture was carried out at Rapiscan’s to be sited at various locations within the
subject earlier in 2009. UK facility, which was opened in 2007 port area and will be required to check
A contract covering 12 Eagle M4500 and has to date built more than 50 high San Juan’s entire annual throughout,
machines was placed in May 2009 by the energy container scanners. which exceeded 1.7M TEU in 2008.
European Commission, as part of its EU Another contract for mobile Eagle Rapiscan cites its PRPA project as a
Border Assistance Mission. These mobile scanners, valued at US$12M, was also new business model, as well as represent-
high-energy (4.5MeV) X-ray scanning placed with Rapiscan earlier in 2009, ing a new model in port security, and is
devices have since entered service at vari- while the company has benefited from a particularly keen to showcase it to other
ous crossing points between EU coun- follow-up order (worth US$25M and potential port clients. It is one of the first
tries and Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and covering various equipment) from the US instances where scanners are to be used
Moldova. They are being used by the government in January 2010. to inspect all containers moving through
Customs authorities in these countries to It has also secured new business from a port at a high throughput and cost ef-
combat the smuggling of drugs, weapons the Puerto Rico Ports Authority (PRPA), fective rate.
and counterfeit goods, and were selected which signed a 10-year contract in early Rapiscan explains that, in order to ful-
because of the proven mobility and rug- January for the purchase/support of an fil the PRPA’s stringent technical and
gedness of their design. unspecified number of Eagle scanning logistical requirements, it “designed a fast,
The units can traverse in both direc- machines for use at the port of San Juan. efficient and comprehensive solution
tions and are built on to a standard truck Rapiscan is to provide a turnkey solu- based on its operational expertise and system.” It also made use of the compa- The European Commission has supplied 12
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which supports the X-ray imaging tion, with two renewal options (each of state-of-the-art Eagle high-energy X-ray ny’s newly initiated Screening Solution
Rapiscan Eagle M4500 Series mobile X-ray
scanners to Customs authorities in Russia
Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine
Business (S2 Global), which has been cre-
ated to generate business from ports plan-
ning to implement high-volume cargo
inspection processes in line with the fu-
ture US requirement for 100% scanning.
Nuclear screening
Rapiscan has also been developing a nu-
clear screening device suited for incorpo-
ration into the company’s existing Eagle
range. Other firms known to be working
on similar integrated products are L-3 Se-
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cently focused on the creation of advanced
chemical detection equipment as well.
for rolling cargo and Ropax
An alternative approach, whereby the
detector is standalone and mounted sepa-
rately from any scanning hardware, has been
pursued by Cargotec Port Security (CPS),
now the leading producer of radiation
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