Rapiscan Systems has launched a new driverless Eagle M60 mobile container scanner, a fully-automated vehicle screening system specifically designed to assist customs and border personnel in the detection of nuclear materials, explosives, weapons and contraband such as tobacco, alcohol and currency in trucks, cargo and containers.
The unit utilises the powerful 6 MV X-ray imaging system that easily penetrates dense and densely packed cargo, which may otherwise have to be manually inspected. A material separation option also helps identify low density contraband, such as explosives and narcotics, and separates them from high density materials like steel when producing the X-ray image.
Describing the system as a ‘technical innovation’, the company claims that a raft of financial and operational benefits are available through not requiring a driver to be present during scanning. These include eradicating driver fatigue and driver work-shift changes; improving inspection rates and vehicle throughput; while removing risks associated with lone workers, health & safety incidents and potential human error.