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The fast inspection of vehicles at border points can contribute significantly to the smooth traffic flow. A new system can efficiently identify and intercept threats and contraband without inhibiting the flow of goods.

The US. Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has awarded Smiths Detection, specializing in threat detection and security screening technologies, an initial order for a HCVPZ60 drive-through X-ray inspection system.

The Multi-Energy Portal (MEP) consists of transmission X-ray and backscatter systems for the fast and effective inspection of trucks, containers and other vehicles at land ports of entry for dangerous and illicit goods, including explosives, weapons and drugs. 

The system also validates the shipping manifest, further reducing the need for time intensive manual checks.

Equipped with a high-energy linear accelerator, the system provides advanced imaging performance and reliable detection of objects, even those hidden or concealed behind dense or heavy materials, with greater than 12 inches of steel penetration. 

A single scan can provide rapid results, allowing for a high throughput of over 100 vehicles per hour.

This contract builds on the extensive deployment of this technology with the successful installation of 80 units to date globally.

According to the company, the system is designed to meet the demands of the most complex security environments.