X-Rays

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AS&E X-ray inspection systems are used by governments and corporations around the world to combat terrorism, drug and weapons smuggling, illegal immigration, and trade fraud.

AS&E specializes in detection technologies that can uncover dangerous and elusive threats, including explosives, plastic and metal weapons, and radioactive devices, such as dirty bombs and nuclear WMD. AS&E systems also detect commonly smuggled goods, such as drugs and alcohol. These X-ray systems are deployed worldwide at ports and borders, and military and high-threat facilities.

AS&E‘s Z Backscatter technology gives our systems unparalleled detection capabilities, making it the technology of choice when the highest levels of security are required. Our elite client base includes the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (including U.S. Customs and Border Protection) and the U.S. Department of Defense, among numerous other federal agencies. International customers include UK Border Agency (UKBA), Hong Kong Customs, New Zealand Customs, Abu Dhabi Customs, and the Port of Sokhna (Egypt).

AS&E‘s Mail, Parcel & Baggage systems offers varying tunnel sizes to fit your specific application and inspection environment. Our systems for Cargo and Vehicles available in mobile, relocatable, and fixed-site configurations are ideal for inspecting cars, vans and trucks, as well as palletized cargo, and air and sea cargo containers. AS&E also offers Personnel Screening to find threats and contraband on people – safely and effectively.

To help our customers accomplish their security missions, AS&E has built a worldwide Service & Support organization which uses the latest CRM technology to keep our team members in touch, leveraging talents and expertise, and placing them wherever needed, whenever needed. We also provide comprehensive, cost-effective Spare Parts solutions customized to your particular system. AS&E maintains strategically located depots around the globe for rapid parts deployment. Additionally, we offer comprehensive technical training that goes beyond the basics. Our extensive network of Service and Training representatives is available worldwide, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

AS&E is ISO 9001:2008 registered – a fact that underscores AS&E‘s company-wide commitment to quality. AS&E‘s Quality Management System continues to maintain and improve quality processes and procedures in all aspects of company operations to yield total customer satisfaction.

Mini-Z

Handheld Z Backscatter® Screening System

Z Backscatter technology in the palm of your hands            

•Using the same technology that made the ZBV® system
 the top-selling cargo and vehicle inspection system in the world,
  but in a small form factor.
•Provides effective detection of organic threats, contraband,
  and explosives for public safety, customs and border enforcement,
  and security officials.
 

Goes where other systems can’t reach

•Compact, single-sided imager that can be used to scan objects
  in hard-to-reach areas, such as:
  – Suspicious bags, walls, furniture, small boats, aircraft, vehicle tires,
     and car interiors.
•Unlike density meters, trace detectors, or portable transmission
  X-ray systems, MINI Z produces an easy-to-interpret image to
  quickly locate organic contraband behind non-metallic surfaces.

Unsurpassed detection of organic threats

•Using AS&E’s signature Z Backscatter technology, the MINI Z
 produces a real-time image of the scan target, highlighting organic
 materials that transmission X-ray systems can miss, such as explosives,
 currency, and drugs.
•Z Backscatter X-ray images highlight low Z effective materials, which are
primarily composed of low atomic number elements (Hydrogen, Carbon, 
Nitrogen, and Oxygen).

MINI Z leverages AS&E technologyleadership in Z Backscatter imaging

•Superior detection of explosives, currency, drugs and  other organic threats and contraband
•Easy-to-use interface with flexibility and maneuverabilityfor scanning objects in locations that couldn’t be scanned before

ZBV

Successfully deployed worldwide as the number one selling cargo and vehicle screening system

  • Superior detection of explosives, stowaways, drugs and other organic threats and contraband

  • Easy-to-use with maximum flexibility and maneuverability making scanning practical

  • High throughput screening of vehicles and cargo with photo-like imaging for rapid analysis

Backscatter imaging:

Preferentially highlights low atomic number material
 Explosives
 Drugs
 Stowaways
Produces a “photo-like” representation of the cargo
 Makes it easier and faster to interpret images
 Reduces operator fatigue since analyzing images is more like looking at photographs
Provides information to verify associated manifests or to determine that further inspection is required
 
Optional Radioactive Threat Detection (RTD) detects dirty bombs and nuclear devices concurrently with imaging

ZBV is capable of high speed, drive-by X-ray screening

• Fully mobile
• Operational within minutes of arrival on site
• Scans at four speeds, up to 10 kph

Easy to use:

• No deployment or reconfiguration required for use
• Rapid analysis of photo-like Backscatter images
• User friendly operator controls and image analysis tools
• Can be operated by 1 person

 

Safe for Cargo, Operators and the Environment

Electrically generated X-rays only

• If the switch is off – the X-rays are off

Dose to cargo

• Less than 0.1 ESv (10 Erem) per scan at 1.5 kph at 1.5 meter distance, equivalent to 2 minutes of airplane flight at altitude

Operator dose

• Less than 1 ESv (100 Erem) in any one hour

ZBV Military Trailer

The ZBV Mil Trailer is ideal for screening vehicles for car and truck bombs.

American Science and Engineering’s ZBV Military Trailer is a rugged X-ray screening system built onto a standard military trailer. With one-sided, Backscatter imaging, security officials can use ZBV Mil Trailer for screening vehicles, containers, and other cargo for terrorist threats and contraband — simply by towing the trailer past the subjects, or by remaining stationary while vehicles drive past the trailer.
The ZBV Mil Trailer employs AS&E’s patented Z Backscatter technology, which produces photo-like imagesof the contents of a container or vehicle, highlighting organic materials such as explosives.

Forwardscatter

ZBV Mil Trailer also includes Forwardscatter technology to complement Z Backscatter imaging. Forwardscatter presents a second scatter perspective that displays dense objects in cargo, such as the shielding found around nuclear WMD.
With ZBV Mil Trailer in stationary scan mode, Forwardscatter detectors are positioned opposite the X-ray source in the trailer. The Forwardscatter image is displayed simultaneously with the Z Backscatter image, providing the operator with more information on the contents of a scanned vehicle.

Gemini 100100

DUAL – ENERGY PLUS Z BACKSCATTER X-RAY INSPECTION SYSTEM

The innovative Gemini parcel inspection system from AS&E combines dual-energy transmission with Z Backscatter technology for the most comprehensive threat detection available. It is the only system to combine advanced, commercially-proven technologies in a true Multi-technology system.

The dual-energy transmission X-ray easily detects metallic objects such as knives and guns. Gemini’s excellent transmission image quality also allows the user to see fine details such as small wires that may be the components of an IED. In addition, dual-energy provides some information about material type-especially in uncluttered environments.

The Z Backscatter X-ray offers an additional image of the parcel and generates an image in which organic materials – such as sheet, bulk, and liquid explosives, narcotics, and plastics weapons – are bright white. These items are frequently missed in transmission-only systems. Its photo-like images are easy to interpret and also help operators interpret transmission images better leading to faster image interpretation times and fewer opened bags.

The two X-ray images are displayed simultaneously to the operator.

Gemini is ideal for use in high threat facilities, airports, and other security-sensitive areas where superior detection is of primary importance. It is the lowest cost multi-technology system and is the only parcel system that combines advanced, commercially-proven technologies for unparalleled threat detection.

Features:

  • Multi-technology system with dual-energy transmission and Z Backscatter technologiesExcellent transmission image quality: 40 AWG wire resolution (typical); 34mm steel penetration (typical)*
  • Same footprint as Transmission-only systems: Length: 420 cm (165.4″), Width: 150 cm (59.0″), Height: 203 cm (80″)
  • Tunnel size: 105 cm (41.3″) wide x 102.5 cm (40.3″) high
  • ASEInspection software with multiple image analysis tools
  • User friendly system with intuitive user interface and ergonomic operator’s console
  • Multi-technology parcel system combines dual-energy transmission and Z Backscatter X-rays for improved detection over transmission-only systems
  • Z Backscatter technology provides photo-like images and shows organic materials as bright white — items easily missed by transmission only systems; dual-energy transmission provides excellent image resolution and metallic and organic discrimination in uncluttered environments.
  • 105 cm x 102.5 cm tunnel size for breakbulk cargo and large packages for high threat facilities, airports, mailrooms, and Customs checkpoints.

Gemini simultaneously displays both a Z Backscatter image and a dual-energy transmission image. Gemini’s dual energy X-ray image (left) clearly displays the PDA and a laptop power cord; the Z Backscatter X-ray image (right) of the same briefcase sees through the electronic clutter and exposes the Glock handgun and plastic and liquid explosives.

The electronic clutter in the dual-energy transmission image (left) shows organic objects, but obstructs any obvious threats. The Z Backscatter image (right) of the same suitcase differentiates the organic objects – bananas and concealed liquid explosives.

SmartCheck

PERSONNEL INSPECTION SYSTEM

AS&E’s SmartCheck system is the most effective way to screen for contraband and threats hidden under a person’s clothing. Its capability goes well beyond that of metal detectors because it simultaneously detects both metallic and non-metallic objects, such as guns and knives, plastic and liquid explosives, composite weapons, drugs and other hidden threats and contraband. And its Z Backscatter image gives the operator an easy-to-read display of where the threat or contraband is hidden, thus eliminating the need for intrusive and time-consuming pat-down and strip searches. It is easy to use and, depending on the operating mode, the system requires only one or two operators. The SmartCheck system is safe for all individuals and complies with all applicable U.S. personnel scanning regulations. An optional privacy image protects the privacy of screened persons and still effectively displays threats.

Privacy Image

AS&E’s optional privacy image presents only an outline of the scanned individual and quickly and reliably outlines any potential threats on the body, all while ensuring the person’s privacy.
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SmartCheck Displays

  • Plastic and liquid explosives
  • Composite weapons
  • Plastic and metal guns
  • Drugs and other contraband
  • Ceramic and metal knives
  • Box cutters
  • Precious metals
  • Recording devices

Operating Features

  • Length: 64″ (163 cm)
  • Width: 46″ (117 cm)
  • Height: 90″ (229 cm)
  • Transport Height: 79″ (201 cm)
  • Transport Width: 34″ (87 cm)
  • Weight: 1,500 lbs (680 kg)
  • Mobility: Equipped with swivel casters and leveling feet

Another Advantage

  • Comprehensive system displays metallic and non-metallic threats and contraband
  • Privacy image ensures privacy while effectively revealing threats and contraband
  • Safe for operators and scanned individuals
  • Identifies terrorists, suicide bombers, smugglers
  • Superior-quality images are quickly and reliably interpreted
  • Small footprint fits through standard doorways

Z Backscatter Technology

AS&E’s Z Backscatter is a patented technology based on the X-ray Compton Scattering effect. Z Backscatter works by detecting and highlighting “low Z” materials (items that contain low atomic number elements such as carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen). Low Z materials include explosives, plastic weapons and drugs. The SmartCheck personnel screening system displays these items as bright and well-defined objects, making it easy to identify hidden materials, and to clearly determine which might be security threats.

The SmartCheck system is also able to reveal threats such as metal weapons and bomb-detonating wires (items that contain “high Z” elements – those with high atomic number). The system operates by detecting scattered X-rays, but it also recognizes the lack of scattering that occurs when high Z materials are placed against the body. These high Z or metal objects absorb X-rays and are displayed as dark objects on the scanned image. Thus the system is able to display all metallic and organic threats and contraband anywhere on a person’s body. The high quality and clarity of Z Backscatter images reduce operator fatigue while increasing productivity.

AS&E holds more than 20 patents on Z Backscatter technology.

Health and Safety

American National Standards Institute (ANSI): Meets the applicable requirements of ANSI/HPS N43.17 dated March 15, 2002

Effective X-Ray Dose as measured per ANSI standard: Less than 0.1 µSv (10 µRem) per scan

Certifications: CE, UL/TUV

Privacy Image

AS&E’s privacy-enhanced SmartCheck system uses a privacy image to protect the privacy of screened passengers while still effectively displaying threats. The image looks like a chalk outline of the person and outlines any potential threats on the person (see image below). The image is similar to when a child traces an outline of his/her hand.

Privacy-enhanced SmartCheck presents only an outline of the scanned individual and outlines any threats on the person while providing optimum security and ensuring privacy.

Images will not be stored, printed or transmitted

For added privacy to the passenger, the privacy-enhanced SmartCheck system is not capable of storing, exporting, printing, or transmitting images; all images are automatically deleted from the system immediately after they are reviewed by the remote operator.

Remote Operator Console

The image analysis console is located remotely, out of the sight of those being scanned and the general public. This also prevents the image analyst from seeing or identifying the person being scanned.

SmartCheck privacy image of a male (front and back).

Safe for All

SmartCheck’s Z Backscatter™ X-ray technology is safe for both operators and scanned individuals. The radiation dose from a single scan is less than 10 microRem (0.1 microSieverts).

To put this into perspective, 10 microRem is equivalent to:

  • The radiation a person receives from flying in an airplane for about two minutes at 30,000 feet (due to the increased exposure from cosmic rays).
  • One percent (1%) of the radiation dose received by the average person on any day of the year.

SmartCheck meets the manufacturer’s requirements of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard N43.17, which is the standard that the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) references for systems such as SmartCheck.

It is important to keep in mind that all of us are exposed to ionizing radiation — from sources such as the sun’s rays — every single day of our lives. For further reference, the table below shows some comparisons of X-ray dose levels:

 

Dose from…                  Dose in microRem         Relative to Backscatter Scan
One SmartCheck Scan101 X
One hour on an airplane30030 X
Averaged Daily Radiation Dose1000100 X
Trans-continental flight (round trip)4000400 X
Chest X-Ray5000 – 10,000500 – 1000 X
Average radiation dose per year360,00036,000 X
CAT scan (Head and Body)1,000,000100,000 X

 

Frequently Asked Questions about Privacy-Enhanced SmartCheck

What is SmartCheck?
AS&E’s SmartCheck Personnel Screening System is a non-intrusive personnel screening system designed to allow operators to detect threats and contraband hidden on a person while ensuring privacy and safety.

What will the system find? What can the SmartCheck detect?
SmartCheck is a safe, non-intrusive personnel screening system that allows operators to detect threats and contraband hidden on a person. The system displays both organic and inorganic materials, revealing objects such as guns and knives, liquid and plastic explosives, composite weapons, and other hidden threats and contraband. Its Z Backscatter technology combined with AS&E’s unique privacy image gives the operator easy-to-interpret information about the location of hidden threats or contraband; thus eliminating the need for intrusive and time-consuming pat-down searches.

Will the images be stored?
For added privacy to the passenger, the privacy-enhanced SmartCheck system is not capable of storing, exporting, printing, or transmitting images. All images are automatically deleted from the system immediately after they are reviewed by the remote operator.

How has AS&E addressed privacy concerns?
In response to privacy concerns, AS&E incorporates a privacy image into the privacy-enhanced SmartCheck system. The privacy image protects the privacy of screened personnel while still effectively displaying threats.

What does the image look like?
The privacy image looks like an outline of the scanned person. It outlines any potential threats on the person — similar to when a child traces an outline of his/her hand. The privacy image identifies the nature and location of any threats, but it will not show revealing images of the body.

Is SmartCheck safe for everyday use? What about exposure levels for individuals who are frequent flyers?
Yes, the National Council on Radiation Protection recommends that the dose from any one source of man-made radiation should not exceed 25,000 microRem per year. At less than 10 microRem per scan, even 2,500 SmartCheck scans in one year would not exceed this recommended limit.

What is the dose of radiation?
The dose from the SmartCheck system is less than 10 microRem per scan (0.1 microSievert per scan).

Some dose comparisons:

  • 1 scan = About 2 minutes of plane flight at altitude
  • 1 scan = Less than 15 minutes of natural background radiation
  • 1 scan = Less than 1/1000th of a medical chest X-ray

Is SmartCheck safe for children and pregnant women?
Yes, the dose limits set by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) take into consideration the most sensitive members of the population, including pregnant and potentially pregnant women, children, infants, persons receiving radiation treatment for medical conditions and others. The effective dose from the SmartCheck system is less than 10 microRem (0.1 microSievert) per scan, which meets the ANSI standard. For comparison, the amount of radiation a person receives from one SmartCheck scan is equivalent to about 2 minutes of airplane flight at altitude.

How does Z Backscatter work?
Z Backscatter X-ray technology displays threats by reflecting a low-energy X-ray beam from a person to a detector on the near side. AS&E’s SmartCheck system utilizes this technology based on the X-ray Compton Scattering effect. Z Backscatter works by detecting and highlighting “low Z” materials (items that contain low atomic number elements such as carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen). Low Z materials include explosives, plastic weapons, and drugs. SmartCheck also recognizes the lack of scattering that occurs when “high Z” materials are placed against the body. These “high Z” materials, such as metal weapons and bomb-detonating wires are also outlined on the person being scanned. Thus the system is able to display all organic and metallic threats and contraband anywhere on a person’s body.

What is the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) and what is the applicable standard for SmartCheck?
The Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) is the regulating body of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) charged with oversight of electronic product safety, including radiation producing equipment. SmartCheck meets the manufacturer’s requirements of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard N43.17, which is the standard that CDRH references for systems such as SmartCheck.

What is the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and what is the applicable standard for SmartCheck?
SmartCheck meets ANSI standard N43.17. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a private organization that develops consensus standards by chartering subcommittees of experts. The Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) can use the standards written by an ANSI committee to classify a system that does not fall into one of the main categories specified in the mandatory standards. The ANSI standard N43.17 “Radiation Safety for Personnel Security Screening Systems Using X-rays or Gamma Radiation” is one such standard. The standard covers dose to subject, interlocks, operational procedures, information to provide to subjects, training for operators as well as other information.

Does SmartCheck work on baggage?
No, the system was designed to scan people.

MobileSearch HE (High-Energy)

The MobileSearchTM HE (High Energy) inspection system is designed for the detailed inspection of cargo and vehicles in a highly mobile configuration. The system combines both 4.5 MeV high-energy transmission and Z Backscatter imaging for the most reliable means of detecting threatening materials on a mobile platform. The system detects weapons, explosives, illegal drugs, agricultural products, currency, and other contraband. MobileSearch HE is ideal for homeland security and drug interception missions at seaports, border crossings, and other high threat checkpoints. The system offers the largest tunnel size in the industry, allowing for the inspection of oversize cargo and vehicles.

Flexibile Scan Modes

MobileSearch HE offers multiple scan modes for added flexibility. During normal operations, MobileSearch HE scans over stationary vehicles and cargo with both transmission and Z Backscatter imaging with the boom deployed. Additionally, MobileSearch HE can operate in Z Backscatter-only mode, with the boom stowed, for high speed scanning of passenger vehicles or oversized or odd-shaped cargo. MobileSearch HE also features a unique integrated cab design that enables the drivers and operators to be in the same spacious cabin for improved communications and comfort. The system can travel on the road and at highway speeds.

AS&E’s Patented Z Backscatter Plus High-Energy Transmission

MobileSearch HE offers two complementary technologies. Its transmission X-ray images offer high penetration and high resolution images for the inspection of densely loaded cargo, with typical penetration over 12 inches (300 mm) of steel. The system also utilizes Z Backscatter X-ray imaging to assist in the identification of organics for improved detection of threats and contraband. Z Backscatter offers the additional benefits of photo-like images, improved image analysis time, and a wide field of view with no tire or ground unlike transmission X-rays. In Z Backscatter-only mode, the system is safe to scan drivers and passengers while they remain in their vehicles.

Another Advantage

  • The industry’s most versatile, reliable, and effective mobile system on the market.
  • Two Technologies: Patented Z BackscatterTM technology highlights organic threats plus 4.5 MeV high-energy transmission.
  • Flexible Scan Modes: Normal operations with boom deployed, or additional option for high-speed scanning of passenger vehicles or oversized or odd-shaped cargo with boom stowed.

Z Portal

Z PORTAL MULTI-VIEW CARGO AND VEHICLE SCREENING SYSTEM (RELOCATABLE)

AS&E’s Z Portal® is a multi-view, drive-through inspection system capable of scanning cars, vans, trucks, and their cargo for concealed threats and contraband.

The relocatable screening system is available in two sizes – one for large trucks, buses, and cargo vehicles; and a smaller size for passenger vehicles. Z Portal can be configured with up to three Z BackscatterTM imaging modules, allowing a left, right, and top view of the vehicle under examination. The multi-views provide maximum screening capability and facilitate image interpretation. The Z Portal system provides high-quality, photo-like images that offer outstanding material discrimination capability.

The Z Portal is a high-throughput screening gateway, allowing approximately 80 trucks or 120 passenger vehicles per hour. Driven at a speed of 5 kph, vehicles and their cargo are scanned for threats and illegal goods such as stowaways, explosives, drugs, and alcohol. With its compact design and profile, the Z Portal system is ideal for high-traffic locations with space constraints and a high-throughput requirement. The Z Portal system is safe for drivers, operators, cargo, and the environment.

TECHNOLOGY

The Z Portal employs Z Backscatter technology, which produces photo-like images of the contents of a container or vehicle, highlighting organic materials, such as explosives, illegal drugs, agricultural products, currency, and other contraband. Optional Forwardscatter imaging creates up to two additional side-view images of the scanned vehicles and cargo. This option offers a second ‘scatter’ perspective to display dense regions of scanned vehicles and cargo to identify potential anomalies.

Top-down transmission imaging is also available to provide inspectors with an additional view to increase detection in areas such as gas tanks, trunks, spare tires, and other dense areas of a vehicle. The top-down transmission option uses an existing x-ray source, so the system remains safe for drivers, cargo, and operators.

OPTIONS

Z Portal with top down view is a drive-through inspection system capable of scanning cars, vans, and trucks, for concealed threats and contraband. The relocatable screening system features both Z Backscatter imaging as well as Transmission imaging for superior detection of both organic and metallic contraband.

Another Advantage

  • Inspects vehicles for threats with Z BackscatterTM imaging from three sides simultaneously – allowing for extremely high throughput
  • Leading Z Backscatter technology to highlight organic threats and contraband that other systems miss – explosives, plastic weapons, and drugs
  • Optional top-down transmission imaging and two-sided Forwardscatter imaging provides more thorough inspection
  • Safe for operators, and subject vehicles and cargo, minimizing exclusion zones

Safety Assured

AS&E’s Z Portal® system uses proprietary Z Backscatter™ X-ray technology, which ensures that the system’s low radiation dose is safe for operators, drivers, and the environment. In fact, one scan is equivalent to flying 1 minute at altitude on an airplane. The Z Portal systems meets ANSI N43.17 Radiation Safety for Personnel Security Screening Systems Using X-Ray, which is the standard that the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) references for systems such as Z Portal.

Privacy Assured

The Z Portal produces a black-and-white image of the vehicle, in which organic or non-metallic objects (such as drugs, plastics, and explosives) are highlighted. The system creates a silhouette — with no facial or body detail — of a person inside the vehicle. The Z Portal scan only alerts the operator to the presence of a person as only a silhouette and the system cannot be used to identify the individual, or the race, sex or age of the person.

Z Portal creates a silhouette – with no facial or body detail – of a person inside the vehicle that cannot be used to identify the individual, or the race, sex or age of the person.

Safe for All

Z Portal’s low radiation dosage is safe for operators, drivers, and the environment and falls well within standards set by The National Council on Radiation Protection (NCRP) and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The dose from the Z Portal system is less than 5 microRem per scan (0.05 microSievert per scan). To put this into perspective, 5 microRem is equivalent to:
  • The radiation a person receives from flying in an airplane for about one minute at 30,000 feet (due to the increased exposure from cosmic rays).
  • 1/2 of 1% percent of the radiation dose received by the average person on any day of the year.
  • 2000 scans = less than 1 medical chest X-ray
  • 1 scan = less than 1/2000th of a medical chest X-ray
It is important to keep in mind that all of us are exposed to ionizing radiation — from sources such as the sun’s rays — every single day of our lives. For further reference, the table below shows some comparisons of X-ray dose levels:
Dose from… Dose in microRem Relative to Z Portal Scan
One Z Portal Scan 5 1 X
Additional background radiation from one day in Denver 70 14 X
One hour on an airplane 300 60 X
Background radiation per day 1000 200 X
Trans-continental flight (round trip) 4000 800 X
Chest X-Ray 5000 – 10,000 1000 – 2000 X
Average radiation dose per year 360,000 72,000 X
CAT scan (Head and Body) 1,000,000 200,000 X

Sentry Portal

HIGH-ENERGY,HIGH THROUGHPUT CARGO INSPECTION SYSTEM

The revolutionary Sentry Portal is a high-throughput, high-penetration, drive-through inspection system. It delivers a reliable means of detecting threatening materials, weapons, and contraband hidden in cargo containers, tankers, and large vehicles while maintaining the flow of commerce.

Using a high-energy transmission X-ray source, the Sentry Portal provides high-penetration into inspected objects – up to 300 mm (12 inches) of steel, unsurpassed image quality, with a throughput of up to 150 trucks per hour. Sentry Portal offers a means of scanning a very high percentage of containers at high volume seaports, border crossings, and security checkpoints. The system features a compact footprint allowing for installation in areas with space constraints.

For enhanced detection, the system can be easily integrated with radiation detection and container identification systems. Further, Sentry Portal can be combined with our multi-view Z Portal® system, which utilizes patented Z BackscatterTM technology, empowering operators with multi-view capability and material discrimination for detecting well-hidden, organic contraband.

TECHNOLOGY

The technology behind the Sentry Portal relies on a high-energy X-ray source, allowing the beam to deeply penetrate dense objects, while minimizing the amount of scattered radiation. Employing technology to avoid scanning the cab, a robust container-locating sub-system ensures safe drive-through operation, so that the driver is never exposed to high energy X-rays. The sub-system “informs” the X-ray source when the leading edge of the container reaches the beam plane – after the cab with the driver has passed – and in milliseconds, the X-ray beam is switched on. The safety of the drivers and operators is maintained with a robust safety system and very low ambient radiation dose. Extremely safe for operators and cargo alike, Sentry Portal falls well below the radiation safety requirements of NCRP/ICRP.

Z PORTAL INTEGRATION

For maximum detection capability, the Sentry Portal can be combined with the multi-view Z Portal screening system with Z Backscatter technology. Z Portal provides 3-sided imaging of the vehicle under inspection, revealing organic materials that other systems miss, including plastic explosives, drugs, and other organic contraband. The combination of Sentry Portal and Z Portal improves detection and offers more comprehensive views of the scanned object.

HIGH-THROUGHPUT PORTAL SYSTEM The SentryTM Portal is a high-energy, high-throughput, drive-through inspection system able to scan 150 trucks per hour. Using a 7.5 MeV X-ray source, the system provides unsurpassed image quality to detect contraband and weapons hidden in trucks, tankers, and cargo containers, while maintaining the flow of commerce.

Another Advantage

  • Exceptionally high-throughput of up to 150 trucks per hour.
  • Uses a high-energy X-ray source for high penetration and unsurpassed image quality to detect contraband and weapons.
  • A low radiation dose makes the system extremely safe for drivers, operators and cargo

OmniView Gantry

HIGH-ENERGY CARGO AND VEHICLE INSPECTION SYSTEM WITH MULTI-VIEW IMAGING

The OmniView Gantry is a high performance, high energy cargo inspection system offering best-in-class X-ray imaging in a sleek, efficient design. The 6 MeV transmission imaging offers penetration of 400mm steel to inspect even the densest cargo containers. The unique design of the OmniView Gantry system minimizes X-ray scatter in order to create a high quality, detailed X-ray image.

OmniView Gantry features the largest tunnel size in the industry and can accommodate vehicles up to 5m high allowing for the inspection of a wide variety of vehicle sizes. The system operates on rails scanning over stationary trucks and cargo. The system is bi-directional scanning in either the forward or reverse direction allowing for a throughput of approximately 28 trucks per hour. Scan length is variable and can be customized for any location. Standard length is 60m (180ft) to scan two trucks at a time but can be adjusted for longer or shorter scan lengths.

The OmniView Gantry system is the only gantry system available that offers optional multi-view Z Backscatter imaging for left, right, and top-side imaging of cargo. The three Z Backscatter images highlight organic materials for improved detection of explosives, drugs and other contraband. The photo-like images help speed image analysis and facilitate manifest verification.

The combination of transmission and Z Backscatter imaging offers the most information about the contents of the cargo and delivers the most reliable means of detecting contraband and threatening materials such as weapons, drugs and explosives hidden in cargo containers, tankers, and large vehicles.

TECHNOLOGY

OmniView Gantry’s high-energy transmission imaging has a penetration performance of 400mm steel using 6.0 MeV transmission X-ray source. The efficient design of the transmission gantry minimizes X-ray scatter to create a superior, high quality image. State of the art detector design helps to create detailed images with unsurpassed image quality. The system can image a wide variety of targets including extremely dense cargo with excellent detection performance.

Z Backscatter technology provides up to three views of objects for easy-to-interpret, clear, photo-like images of the cargo under inspection. Z Backscatter highlights organic materials including explosives and drugs that are often missed by transmission X-rays alone. In addition to highlighting organic material, Backscatter imaging extends the systems field of view imaging the entire vehicle from the ground up. This allows for the inspection of areas such as tires and gas tanks that are typically cut-off in transmission images. The combined power of AS&E’s high-energy transmission and Z Backscatter multi-view imaging detects threats and contraband that other systems miss.

Multiple Views of the Cargo improve detection while facilitating interpretation of the X-ray image. High penetration transmission X-ray (above, bottom image) plus Three-sided Z BackscatterTM X-rays (shown above, top three images) provide material discrimination and photo realistic imaging. This combination of technologies offers improved detection capabilities and more comprehensive views of the cargo being scanned for superior cargo inspection.

Z Gantry

CARGO INSPECTION SYSTEM (RELOCATABLE)

AS&E’s Z GantryTM is a multi-view Z Backscatter inspection system capable of scanning cars, vans, trucks, and their cargo for concealed threats and contraband in a gantry configuration.

The relocatable Z Gantry screening system is configured with three Z Backscatter imaging modules, allowing a left, right, and top view of the vehicle under examination. The multi-views provide maximum screening capability and facilitate image interpretation. The system provides high-quality, photo-like images that offer outstanding material discrimination capability.

The rail-mounted Z Gantry system moves over the top of stationary vehicles and cargo while scanning for threats and illegal goods such as stowaways, explosives, drugs, and alcohol. With its compact safety zone and profile, the Z Gantry system is ideal for high-traffic locations with space constraints. The Z Gantry system is extremely safe for operators, cargo, and the environment.

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