Airports International features the latest member of the eXaminer family.
On December 2, 2009, L-3 Security & Detection Systems announced its eXaminer XLB high-performance explosives detection system (EDS) had been certified by the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
The company says the eXaminer XLB is the first TSA-certified system to meet the aviation industry’s high-speed EDS classification.
The new machine is the latest in a long line of eXaminer family products produced in recent years. The international competition to improve the specification and adaptability of EDS equipment surged dramatically in the post 9/11 era.
“With TSA certification of the XLB, L-3 can offer airports the choice of three certified systems in the eXaminer family (SX, 3DX, XLB) across the reduced size, medium and high speed categories,” said Thomas M. Ripp, president of L-3 Security & Detection Systems.
“By delivering a configurable, networkable family of screening systems that maximize detection while lowering the cost of ownership, we are working to ensure that airports of every size can deploy the optimal system for their unique operating requirements.”
Ac statement from L-3 says that certification of the eXaminer XLB represents: “another key milestone in the partnership between L-3 and Analogic, that has spanned over ten years.” Sales, integration and maintenance support services are provided by L-3 and the system is designed and manufactured by Analogic.
The eXaminer XLB features a metre-wide tunnel and generates high-resolution 3-D image data for explosives detection by combining helical CT with dual-energy imaging. Using 3-D Continuous Flow Computed Tomography (CT) technology, the XLB generates high-resolution colour images in real time. L-3 states that the machine’s advanced tools generate 360-degree rotational views of entire bags and individual threat objects, enabling operators to quickly and confidently clear bags for flight or designate bags for search.
Since 1998, L-3 has used medical-grade imaging technology developed for aviation security and says it has: “an understanding of the complex demands faced by airport personnel and regulatory agencies around the globe.”
Over 900 eXaminer family systems are already deployed and supported by L-3 at airports worldwide.
The machine’s manufacturer, the Analogic Corporation, is well-known for the design and manufacturer of advanced health security systems and subsystems sold primarily to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). The Company specialises in advancing the state of the Automatic Explosives Detection, Computed Tomography (CT), Digital Radiography (DR), Ultrasound, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Patient Monitoring, and Advanced Signal Processing.