Se­cu­rity of air­line cargo given boost

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - PRODUCT WATCH -

Smiths De­tec­tion’s IONSCAN 600 is the first ex­plo­sives trace de­tec­tion sys­tem to be ‘Ap­proved’ on the TSA Air Cargo Screen­ing Tech­nol­ogy List (ACSTL) un­der the lat­est pro­gram re­quire­ments to en­sure se­cu­rity of cargo aboard air­planes. These lat­est re­quire­ments, which came into ef­fect in 2016, re­quire a sig­nif­i­cantly higher level of ex­plo­sives de­tec­tion ca­pa­bil­ity and soft­ware func­tion­al­ity.

IONSCAN 600 is a highly sen­si­tive, light­weight, por­ta­ble desk­top sys­tem, that de­tects minute quan­ti­ties of ex­plo­sives, as well as nar­cotics such as fen­tanyl, within sec­onds. It can de­tect com­mon mil­i­tary and home- made ex­plo­sives in­clud­ing TNT, RDX and TATP as well as, a va­ri­ety of il­le­gal nar­cotics and con­trolled sub­stances, in­clud­ing mor­phine, buprenor­phine/ sub­ox­one, co­caine and heroin and fen­tanyl ana­logues. It can trace ex­plo­sives and nar­cotics de­tec­tion si­mul­ta­ne­ously or can be pro­grammed for ded­i­cated ex­plo­sives- only or nar­cotic­sonly de­tec­tion de­pend­ing on spe­cific re­quire­ments.

It fea­tures a pro­pri­etary non- ra­dioac­tive ion mo­bil­ity spec­trom­e­try (IMS) source, which means licensing is not re­quired, sav­ing time on ad­min­is­tra­tion and ra­di­a­tion test­ing.

The abuse of the dan­ger­ous drug fen­tanyl and its re­lated ana­logues is spark­ing a new opi­oid cri­sis around the world. Forty to fif ty times stronger than street- level heroin, the fen­tanyl nar­cotics, even in ex­tremely low doses, can kill.

The num­ber of over­doses through il­licit drug use have reached a crit­i­cal level – these drugs are so po­tent that it is im­pos­si­ble to dis­tin­guish by eye whether a dose of pow­der will be fa­tal. Fur­ther­more, the risk of ac­ci­den­tal ex­po­sure when fen­tanyl- con­tain­ing bulk pow­ders or trace par­ti­cles are present has be­come a ma­jor safety is­sue for law en­force­ment, first re­spon­ders and pub­lic work­ers. Ac­ci­den­tal in­ges­tion, in­hala­tion or skin con­tact with even small amounts can lead to res­pi­ra­tory distress, dis­ori­en­ta­tion and even car­diac ar­rest.

IONSCAN 600 is de­signed to be ex­tremely flex­i­ble for use in dy­namic screen­ing en­vi­ron­ments and is fully op­er­a­tional on hot- swap­pable bat­ter­ies to en­sure con­tin­u­ous use.

IONSCAN 600 is suited to global avi­a­tion, cus­toms, ports and bor­ders, cor­rec­tional fa­cil­i­ties and crit­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture mar­kets.

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