TSA orders 32 MDI explosives detection systems

23 April 2012 (Last Updated April 23rd, 2012 04:35)

Safran group’s security unit, Morpho Detection (MDI), has received an order from the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for 32 CTX 9800 DSi explosives detection systems (EDS).

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Safran group's security unit, Morpho Detection (MDI), has received an order from the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for 32 CTX 9800 DSi explosives detection systems (EDS).

Under the $38m contract, the company will deliver the EDS, which will be installed at the airports across the country to support TSA's checked baggage screening programme.

Morpho Detection president and CEO, Brad Buswell, said: "By incorporating CT-based technology into an EDS capable of both medium- and high-speed throughput, the CTX 9800 can identify potential threats quickly and accurately, reducing need for costly manual bag inspections."

The CTX 9800 is MDI's new CTX family of EDS, uses computed tomography (CT) imaging technology, and further improves operational efficiencies by screening bags faster with fewer false alarms.

The system uses multiplexing (MUXv2) that networks it with the user and control interfaces for remote screening of checked baggage.

It is scalable, facilitating the deployment of a greater number of CTX systems on a single MUXv2 cluster.

CTX 9800 systems are being offered in medium and the high-speed configurations and the systems feature Clarity Data Acquisition System, which generates high-resolution three-dimensional images of individual bags.

The system will also enhance the analysis of details and specific structures of suspected threats by exploiting the available information through algorithms, allowing making efficient and effective security decisions.

TSA had deployed the first CTX 9800 at Mineta San Jose International Airport in 2009 and had placed orders for over 70 CTX 9800 units.

MDI claims that about 2,000 of its CT-based EDS systems are deployed throughout the world.

 

Image: The first CTX 9800 EDS system was installed by TSA at Mineta San Jose International Airport. Photo: Calbookaddict.