June 18, 2004
UK innovator, TeraView and US security giant, Smiths Detection today announce a global partnership that will see the development of new airport and building security scanners.
The new detection systems will use Terahertz for the first time ever. More effective at identifying concealed weapons and drugs than x-ray it also carries none of the health risks.
The new scanners will replace the metal detectors that are now obsolete due to the changed terrorist threat.
A serious terrorist no longer carries knives and guns that can be detected (I have great illustrations of a shoe bomb that has been detected by TeraView’s scanning technology) by conventional metal detectors.
Weapons– whether bombs, explosives or drugs are now made from or concealed in sophisticated plastics and ceramics
· Mike Kemp of TeraView – a long term expert in the field of security
· Professor Mike Pepper of TeraView and Cambridge University – has pioneered the commercialisation of the TeraHertz light spectrum
· Don Arnone of TeraView – founder of TeraView and key to bringing the last unexplored area of the light spectrum to market
· Bill Mawer, President of Smiths Detection North America – behind the development of some of the world’s most sophisticated security devices
· Chris Yates - author of several books and several hundreds of magazine articles on the subject of aviation terrorism, aviation safety and aviation security.
Smiths Detection and TeraView to use exciting new technology in developing hand-held security screening device
Hand-held wand will simultaneously detect explosives, weapons and other threats, both metallic and non-metallic
June 18, 2004 -- Smiths Detection, the world's leading provider of X-ray and trace detection equipment, has signed a strategic partnership agreement with TeraView, a proprietary technology and product development company. The two companies will co-develop a next-generation hand-held security wand that utilises terahertz light waves to detect and identify metallic and non-metallic weapons, as well as bulk and sheet explosives that are concealed beneath clothing, inside shoes, or in other objects.
"This technology detects multiple threats and will represent a significant leap forward over existing hand-held metal detectors," said Bill Mawer, President of Smiths Detection North America. "TeraView is the clear leader in developing this exciting technology and together we will develop a commercial product that will strengthen any security checkpoint."
“We are delighted to partner with Smiths Detection. As one of the top security screening vendors, they provide an excellent route to market our technology and products in the US and around the world," said Don Arnone, CEO of TeraView. "This alliance will make terahertz products available to the security screening industry for the first time.”
Terahertz light, which lies between microwave and infrared in the electromagnetic spectrum, has a number of properties that set it apart from other technologies, particularly those applied in passenger screening. It passes through clothing, paper and plastics to detect metal, ceramic or plastic weapons. It also allows substances such as explosives to be identified from their characteristic spectral 'fingerprints'.
Terahertz technology has the potential to overcome the limitations of new security screening techniques that use ionising radiation, raising safety concerns if used on people. Terahertz light is non-ionising and can be used safely for people screening applications.
The new wand will provide improved security over hand-held metal detectors by reducing the number of false alarms that lead to invasive manual searches. It will also enable in-situ screening of luggage for explosives.
About Smiths Detection
Smiths Detection is one of four operating divisions of Smiths Group plc. Smiths Detection offers technologically advanced security solutions to detect and identify explosives, chemical & biological agents, weapons and contraband. Employing trace detection technology together with Smiths Heimann x-ray imaging, Smiths Detection provides screening solutions for customers in civil and military markets worldwide. For more info visit: www.smithsdetection.com
TeraView is a UK company established in April 2001 to develop and exploit terahertz technology and develop innovative products to meet customer needs. TeraView has engineered the technology into practical systems for use in pharmaceutical and medical markets, producing the world’s first portable terahertz imagers and spectrometers. With approximately 30 staff based in Cambridge UK, TeraView is the only company solely focused on terahertz technology and is widely recognised as having a world-leading position in terahertz imaging and spectroscopy. For more information visit www.teraview.com
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