Hitachi Starts Providing “Walk-Through Type Explosives Trace Detection System” to Detect the Presence of Explosives in 3 Seconds

Hitachi, Ltd. today announced that it will begin providing “walk-through type explosives trace detection system” for critical infrastructure facilities such as power plants and data centers from this October. The system detects explosives in 3 seconds by efficiently collecting the fine particles attached on ID cards and analyzing them with built-in devices. It can screen a maximum of 1,200 individuals per hour without disrupting people flow. As a first step, Hitachi aims to provide this system to critical infrastructure facilities such as power plants and data centers. Hitachi will contribute to improve the safety and security in the future by expanding the applications of this system to public facilities, such as airports, train stations event venues, etc.

In recent years, the need of explosive screening has increased to reinforce management of people flow and to tighten security measures for important infrastructures, public facilities, and event venues. Metal detector, X-ray equipment, and wipe-type explosives detector have been implemented to prevent people from bringing in explosives. However, conventional explosives detection methods are time-consuming because they require human-operations. To reduce the inspection time, Hitachi developed an explosive detection prototype in 2012* in the “Integral promotion of social system reform and research and development project” of MEXT (The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology). The development of the current system has been accomplished after system refinement by considering practical use cases through field tests at airports and train stations.

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Source: SYS-CON Media.