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US Transportation Portal Security Technology Report

Research And Markets : 17 April, 2012  (New Product)
Report examines US Transportation Security Agency spending forecast for airport screening equipment in the USA
US Transportation Portal Security Technology Report
Within the United States, airport screening technologies fall under the auspices of the Transportation Security Agency (TSA). This research will review spending forecast for airport screening technologies according to TSA requests published in the Department of Homeland Security fiscal year 2012 budget proposal. In addition, competitive and market share analysis within this research is based on government contract obligations distributed in 2011 as that was the last entire year publicly reported. Finally, the writer will offer some present and future challenges that affect government funding and market participant opportunity.

Every day, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers around the United States prevent knives, guns, and other weapons from being taken aboard airplanes. Despite their precautions, in 2011 alone, more than 800 guns were detected on board planes. This scenario has highlighted the need for more stringent screening methods. Currently, explosives detection systems is the main technology for airport screening processes but the future demand will be for systems that are smaller, versatile, and can enhance throughput speed.

The 9/11 attacks are a grim reminder of the failure of several layers of security and the authorities will be looking to plug the gaps in the system "Significant revenue growth in airport screening technology will depend on innovations in systems for the mass screening of personnel," says the analyst of this research. "A technology that can screen large groups subtly to categorize and separate them based on risk will revive interest and open up the market." Very soon, private security companies could be handling passenger screening at U.S. airports, thanks to a recently passed legislation that was cleared both by the Senate and the House.

As terrorism becomes more adaptive, there is an urgent need to replace and repair the existing security systems. The effectiveness of advanced imaging technology (AIT) devices in detecting cleverly concealed weapons are still under review. Backscatter X-ray systems have also come under the scanner with the European Union banning it in the light of scientific evidence that even low doses of ionizing radiation - the kind beamed directly at the body by these X-ray scanners - increase the risk of cancer. "The TSA has repeatedly defined the scanners as 'safe', but the uncertainty surrounding the technology may compel market participants to make public their own scientific research concerning any risk, and simultaneously use this opportunity to attract new customers," notes the analyst.
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