Published 11 August 2006
Two innovative developers of baggage screening technologies will jointly develop an improved system which will allow for more accuracy and shorter lines.
Talk of timely announcement: Petach Tikva, Israel-based TraceGuard Technologies (OTCBB: TCGD) has entered into a one-year joint development program with Rapiscan Systems, a subsidiary of Hawthorne, California-based OSI Systems (NASDAQ: OSIS), to develop TraceScan, an advanced combined bulk/trace detection system for interdiction of explosive devices and weapons. When developed, TraceScan will be marketed exclusively by Rapiscan, primarily to the U.S. government, and also through its global direct sales and distributor network....
...Here's what the hoopla (click here) is all about. The device you see pictured here can check your carry on bag for explosives in about 30 seconds vs the current very lengthy and inexact "swabbing" being used at airport checkpoints today. There are a number of other devices under development by the scientists at TCGD, including a cargo version of this machine.
They have an LOI for a development and marketing agreement with British based Smiths Detection, the second largest security device manufacturer in the world (second to GE, who bought their way into the business)....
Israel is NOT about profiling. They would investigate a White American Female with children if they believe the case should be made. It isn't PROFILING and they aren't investing all their security into interviews.
Israel's Top 10 airport securities TECHNOLOGIES (click title to entry for Business Week article) and (click here for Israel 21c article)
...1. Trace-Safe - An alternative to body scans
They're in use in at least 19 airports in the US, but most people balk at the idea of a full body scan which essentially strips a passenger naked using radiation technology. Dangerous for the psyche and also for the frequent traveler who is exposed to numerous doses of radiation, an Israeli company working with a US partner could have the solution.
Trace-Safe from Israel and Raptor from the US have co-developed a chemical process, called TraceGuard, which can free particles from fabric and luggage for speedy detection and analysis.
The technology detects harmful substances and not benign ones like perfume or pharmaceuticals. It doesn't show false alarms, doesn't need filters or a cleaning. "You only want to detect the substances that you can make explosives or biological agents out of," says Sela.
It can be integrated into scanners and magnetometers and also into a wand that can be passed over both people and luggage.
While Trace-Safe is struggling financially right now, Sela believes that TraceGuard has the potential to bring an end to the use of all other equipment at airports, including the detested body and shoe scanners. "I am among those experts who believe the full body scans are wrong and not healthy for people," Sela tells ISRAEL21c. "Especially since they are passing through radiation; it defeats the cause."....
...The system, (click here) which could be integrated into scanners, magnetometers and hand-held devices, was designed to rapidly inspect both passengers and luggage without the use of full body scan and has been deployed at about 20 airports in the United States....