OD Security has launched a new and improved version of its Soter RS through-body scanner. Tom Allett reports.
US screening specialists OD Security unveiled an updated version of its established body scanning system in January. Aimed at both the customs and prisons services, the Soter RS is part of the ‘behind the scenes’ security effort. At airports, this type of machine is only used for passengers suspected of trafficking illegal items. The X-ray images provided by the low radiation-dosage full-body scanner enable customs officers to locate hidden items, such as weapons or narcotics, diamonds, or smuggled goods, within seconds. It does not have to be metal and the Soter shows a clear difference between human tissue and other substances. The manufacturer says even ingested or camouflaged items will be shown.
This latest version of the scanner made its public debut at the American Correctional Association conference in Houston, USA, last month.
Jan Steven Van Wingerden, CEO of OD Security, said: “The new version of Soter RS raises the bar in terms of scanability and functionality.
“Having listened to our existing customers we have encompassed the benefits of the Soter RS with new user-friendly features and an improved design. The frame and platform have a smaller footprint.”
The scanner’s motor has been integrated into its frame and there are two X-ray options. In addition, a multi-operator configuration is available and the operator desk(s) have been upgraded with a multi-touch user interface, touch-screen zoom and scrolling screen, making the unit much more user friendly. The new Dicom format and Ethernet connections are unique features that allow the images to be easily shared with medical institutions.
“We have incorporated some of the very best features of the new tablet technology, such as image drag and two finger image expansion and shrink. Not only does this make the Soter RS more effective but means that it uses tools and features already familiar to users, making training and daily use that much easier,” Mr Van Wingerden concluded.