Explosive Detection

The ECAC has approved Morpho’s CTX 9400DSi and 9800DSi EDS machines to EU Standard 3 level. (Morpho)

Tom Allett presents a round-up of recent announcements from the explosive detection manufacturers.
Morpho Announces New Itemiser Authorisation

Morpho’s Itemiser DX Received Italian Department of Transport Authorization in March. (Morpho)

ON MARCH 8 Morpho Detection announced that the Italian Department of Transport has authorized its Itemiser DX explosives trace detection system as meeting its requirements for use in Italy’s aviation security applications.  Morpho describes its Itemiser as: “lightweight, effective, and user-friendly.”
The Italian authorization follows similar certifications by the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office, the United Kingdom Department for Transport and the UK Home Office Scientific Development Branch (HOSDB). The Dutch Defence, Safety and Security Organization (TNO) and the US Department of Homeland Security Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) certified it.  To date, the TSA has already purchased more than 2,800 Itemiser DX systems for use at US airports.
”We are very pleased that the Itemiser DX has received authorization for civil aviation applications from the Italian authorities,” said Dennis Cooke, President and CEO of Morpho Detection, Inc.  “We are confident in Itemiser DX’s ability to deliver the most advanced explosives detection possible to checkpoint, air cargo and checked bag screening at Italian airports.”
The desktop Itemiser DX utilises Ion Trap Mobility Spectroscopy (ITMS) to provide threat detection and is said my Morph to be: “optimal for checkpoint, air cargo and checked baggage screening.”
Morpho has revealed that the Italian Itemiser DX tests took place in Rome last September with the authorisation document being issued on December 1, 2010.
In addition to its use by aviation security agencies the Itemiser DX is available in a commercial version to help protect transportation, industrial and ‘high-risk’ facilities.  It can be used as a complementary item with the CT-based CTX 5800 and 9800 explosives detection systems for break-bulk and larger air cargo screening.
CTX Approval
The ECAC has approved Morpho’s CTX 9400DSi and 9800DSi EDS machines to EU Standard 3 level. (Morpho)

ALSO ON March 8, Morpho Detection announced its high-speed configured CTX 9800 DSi and CTX 9400 DSi explosives detection solutions (EDS) have been evaluated by the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) as meeting European Union Standard 3 requirements.
Together, these evaluations give European authorities and airports flexibility in meeting their security challenges with a choice of two more EU compliant computed tomography-based (CT) screening solutions.  The CTX 9800 Dsi, in what the manufacturer calls its new: “high speed” configuration, is part of ECAC’s first approvals for systems exceeding the thousand-bag-per-hour screening rate.  The CTX 9400 offers operators of CTX 9000 and 9400 EDS an upgrade path to ECAC Standard 3 screening performance, protecting their existing infrastructure investments.
EU regulations say new EDS purchases should meet Standard 3 requirements by 2012.
“The CTX 9400 and 9800 explosives detection solutions customise CT-based imaging technology, originally developed for healthcare, for a wide range of airport needs and aviation security challenges,” said Dennis Cooke, President and CEO, of Morpho Detection Inc. “Successful completion of ECAC evaluation of these powerful EDS allows European airports of all sizes and volumes to adopt with confidence the detection effectiveness, operational efficiency and customer-pleasing speed of advanced, CT-based checked bag screening.”
Morpho says its CTX 9400 and 9800 represent: “a progressive series of enhancements” for its CTX 9000 DSi EDS product line.  It says that the products offer customers the ability to: “protect their baggage screening infrastructure investments by ensuring a continual upgrade path to the latest EDS technologies through a sequence of regularly scheduled new product releases”.
Morpho also claims that its “unique Clarity technology” in the CTX 9800 enables checked luggage to be scanned by an EDS system: “at unprecedented speeds with the highest resolution in the industry.”
The CTX 9400 and 9800 were tested by the German Federal Police Technology Centre, which is participating in the ECAC Common Evaluation Process for Security Equipment, a new unified European process where security equipment is tested to a defined standard across four European test centres designated by their respective authorities.
EU Standard 3 for L-3’s eXaminer XLB
L-3's eXaminer XLB has received EU Standard 3 certification. (L-3)

ON FEBRUARY 9, L-3 Security & Detection Systems announced that its eXaminer XLB EDS has passed the European Union Commission Regulation Standard 3 for Aviation Safety under the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) Common Evaluation Programme of Security Equipment (CEP).  The system was successfully tested by the Service Technique de l’Aviation Civile (STAC), the engineering department of France’s aviation regulatory agency.
L-3 say its eXaminer XLB was the first high-speed CT EDS to achieve EU Standard 3 approval under the new CEP, adding that it delivers operational throughput greater than 1,200 bags per hour.
“The eXaminer XLB is the highest-performing in-line CT EDS available and the only EU Standard 3 system with sufficient throughput for European Level 1 operation,” said Thomas M Ripp, President of L-3 Security & Detection Systems.  “We continue to invest in the eXaminer platform to meet current and future EU standards.”
Featuring a meter-wide tunnel, L-3 says the eXaminer XLB generates high-resolution 3-D image data for explosives detection by combining helical CT with dual-energy imaging.  “Using 3-D Continuous Flow CT technology, the system generates high-resolution medical quality images in real time,” according to a press release.
“With advanced tools that include 360-degree rotational views of entire bags and individual threat objects, operators can quickly and confidently clear bags for flight or designate bags for search.”
L-3 says that nearly 1,000 eXaminer systems have been deployed at airports in the US and overseas to date.
Type C for Rapiscan’s 620DV
Rapiscan's 620DV Baggage Scanner has achieved ECAC Type C approval. (Rapiscan)

ON MARCH 17 Rapiscan Systems announced that its 620 DV multi-view advanced baggage scanner has passed the Type C standard set by the ECAC for detecting liquid explosive and other potential threats.  This meets the latest EU regulations for liquid explosives detection, which is being introduced with effect from April 1, 2011, and will allows airports to relax current restrictions about carry-on liquids.
Rapiscan President, Ajay Mehra, commented: “This is a major milestone for Rapiscan and European aviation passengers and airports.
The Rapiscan 620DV has been proven in aviation checkpoints around the world.  Now, European aviation customers can deploy the 620DV to meet the April 2011 European deadline for the easing of restrictions on carry-on liquids.”  Mr. Mehra continued: “The 620DV AT not only meets worldwide regulatory standards for threat detection, it has significant operational benefits including smaller footprint, greater energy efficiency, and reduced weight loading.”
The Rapiscan 620DV has also been approved for use by the US Transportation Security Administration for both aviation checkpoint and air cargo screening.  Rapiscan claims it has sold around 1,000 of its systems.