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Cargo inspection systems on display in the UAE

American Science And Engineering : 26 November, 2008  (Application Story)
Abu Dhabi Customs to jointly display innovative, high throughput cargo inspection systems with American Science and Engineering at International Freight Week
Cargo inspection systems on display in the UAE
American Science and Engineering has announced that the Customs Administration at Abu Dhabi, the largest emirate of the United Arab Emirates, will debut the Company's cargo X-ray inspection solutions for integrated border security to senior Abu Dhabi Custom's Officials during International Freight Week. Abu Dhabi Customs has invited AS&E to exhibit with them this week at International Freight Week.

Abu Dhabi's International Freight Week is the region's only event covering the entire transport and logistics industry, and will host over 50 companies specializing in transportation, logistics, air cargo, shipping, ports management, and material handling.

In July 2008 the Customs Administration at Abu Dhabi purchased multiple AS&E OmniView, Z Portal and Z Backscatter Van (ZBV) X-ray detection systems to scan cargo trucks, passenger vehicles, and containers at strategic border checkpoints. Abu Dhabi Customs will deploy AS&E's inspection products to protect the emirate's borders and citizens while facilitating trade and collecting revenues through effective customs operations as per the directorate strategic priorities.

Each of AS&E's proprietary cargo inspection solutions are uniquely designed to provide superior detection, while optimising high-throughput and safety.
"We are very honoured to join the Customs Administration of Abu Dhabi at International Freight Week," said Anthony Fabiano, President and CEO. "We look forward to continuing our work with the government of Abu Dhabi and the Custom Directorate of its Finance Department to provide unique technology to safeguard Abu Dhabi's ports and borders from smuggling, trade fraud, and terrorist threats."

The solutions purchased by Abu Dhabi Customs are each uniquely designed to provide superior detection, while maximising safety and high-throughput. All make use of the Company's patented Z Backscatter X-ray technology — a proprietary, industry-leading capability that reveals the threats that competitive systems miss, including explosives, plastic weapons, and drugs.

Z Backscatter technology produces photo-like images of the contents of a container or vehicle, highlighting organic materials. Based on the X-ray Compton Scattering effect, Z Backscatter technology works by detecting and highlighting "low Z" materials (items that contain low atomic number elements such as carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen). Z Backscatter images display organic materials by directing a sweeping beam of X-rays at the object under examination, and then measuring and plotting the intensity of scattered X-rays as a function of the beam position.

The OmniView Gantry System provides 6 MeV high-energy transmission inspection for high penetration into complex cargo and dense objects — up to 14 inches (350 mm) of steel — yet the system does not require an exterior building or heavy shielding. The OmniView Gantry System's scanning platform operates by moving on rails past stationary vehicles and cargo. The system is bi-directional allowing for a high throughput of approximately 2 trucks per scan, 24 trucks per hour. Customers include NATO, US Navy, and Port of Charleston as part of a US Department of Justice-sponsored program.

The Z Portal system is a multi-view, drive-through inspection system capable of scanning cars, vans, trucks, and their cargo for concealed threats and contraband. Z Portal produces photo-like images, and highlights organic contraband, such as explosives, drugs, stowaways, and alcohol. With its compact design, 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 and can be configured with up to three Z Backscatter imaging modules to provide a left, right, and top-down view of the vehicles under examination. The relocatable screening system is available in two sizes — one for large trucks, buses, and cargo vehicles, and a smaller size for passenger vehicles. Customers include U.S. Department of Defense and NATO.

A breakthrough in X-ray detection technology, AS&E's Z Backscatter Van is the Number One selling non-intrusive mobile inspection system on the market. ZBV is a low-cost, highly mobile screening system built into a commercially available delivery van. The ZBV allows for immediate deployment in response to security threats, and its high throughput capability facilitates rapid inspections. The system's unique "drive-by" capability allows one or two operators to conduct X-ray imaging while the ZBV drives past suspect vehicles and objects. For personnel safety in dangerous environments, a remote console is available for operating the system in stationary mode from a distance of up to 500 meters.
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