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US postal service to use mobile screening equipment from Smiths

Smiths Detection : 28 August, 2008  (Application Story)
Multiple threat detection systems from Smiths Detection to be used by postal service to counter threats from explosives, chemical weapons and other agents
US postal service to use mobile screening equipment from Smiths
Smiths Detection has announced that a number of its security technologies have been included in the US Postal Inspection Service Mobile Mail Screening Station (MMSS). The Postal Inspection Service will debut the MMSS at the Democratic and Republican National Conventions.

The first of its kind, the MMSS will allow postal inspectors to provide accurate and comprehensive mail and parcel screening at high-profile public events, while ensuring a safe and secure working environment for its postal inspectors. Additionally, the Postal Inspection Service has included FirstView, a sensor management platform developed by Smiths Detection, which will integrate the equipment and sensors with an internal CCTV system to allow for real-time situational monitoring and playback within the MMSS.

Stephen Phipson, Group Managing Director of Smiths Detection, said: "Large, high-profile public events require significant security resources. We are pleased the Postal Inspection Service has chosen Smiths Detection as a strategic partner in developing a sophisticated and layered security approach which provides comprehensive mobile mail screening anywhere."

The Smiths Detection security technologies included in the MMSS are:.

The GID-3 (24/7), an ambient air monitoring system the Postal Inspection Service will use to continuously examine the air inside the MMSS for toxic industrial chemicals (TICs) and Chemical Warfare Agents CWA's.

The HI-SCAN 7555i X-ray Inspection System, designed to provide primary screening of mail and parcels for weapons, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and contraband.

The SABRE FR used in conjunction with a DualDraw AirCHX downdraft air filtration table to provide primary screening of mail and parcels for TICs, CWAs and explosives.

The SABRE 4000, a hand-held trace detection system the USPIS will use to provide secondary screening of mail and parcels for explosives.

The HazMatID portable system used to identify unknown powders, liquids, pastes and gels found in and around the MMSS.

The FirstView sensor management platform used to network the detectors and cameras within the MMSS, thus creating an integrated solution to providing synchronized awareness of any event occurring inside the MMSS.

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