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Gantry baggage screening system order from the TSA

RapiScan Systems : 03 November, 2008  (Application Story)
High speed CT scanning gantry systems for screening airport baggage ordered from the US Transportation Security Administration
Rapiscan Systems has been awarded an approximate $6 million contract by the United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for its Rapiscan RTT (Real Time Tomography) high-speed stationary gantry Computed Tomography (CT) baggage screening system.

The Rapiscan RTT is a baggage screening system that generates high-resolution 3-D X-ray images of passenger baggage to detect potential threats more accurately and at a higher speed than any currently available technology.

Rapiscan Systems president, Ajay Mehra, stated, "We believe the RTT system is a major advance over the CT-based baggage screening technologies that are currently deployed in US airports and elsewhere. Our stationary gantry design allows RTT to achieve speed and resolution that is unprecedented in legacy CT designs. This is the culmination of a significant engineering effort, so we greatly appreciate the support and confidence that the TSA has shown us."

The Rapiscan RTT system works unlike any legacy CT design. By eliminating the legacy design's moving gantry, the Rapiscan RTT captures images at several times the speed of legacy CT's, at higher resolution and with lower anticipated maintenance costs.

The Rapiscan RTT's radical design is expected to result in the following advantages over legacy CT systems: .

* Enhanced Threat Detection: The Rapiscan RTT's dramatically higher resolution potentially allows the system to more accurately detect a wide range of potential threats.
* Lower Cost of Ownership: The Rapiscan RTT can lower the overall cost of ownership by: (a) anticipated lower maintenance costs with the elimination of a complex rotating gantry; (b) high throughput results in fewer machines necessary to handle a given volume of bags; (c) the system can be integrated inline with the existing baggage conveyor network without the need for costly modifications or reconfiguration.
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