Airport users could clear security more quickly using a new Israeli system which takes just two seconds to screen and detect suspicious objects and explosives. Edward Baran reports.
The queue at airport security is a necessary but time-consuming ritual. Soon travellers could clear it more quickly using a new Israeli system which its developers say takes just two seconds to screen and detect suspicious objects and explosives. In this demonstration a man concealing a pistol and explosives was quickly identified and stopped. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AVISHAI SHATON EASYCHECK,SAYING: "I was able to stop him without having tIVo ask everybody to stop, just the red people, the threatening people, just them to stop them, to take them to further investigation and allowing the flow of people to always continue." The system, which resembles the familiar metal detector, provides an on-the-spot 360-degree body scan in three dimensions. According to its developers, it eliminates the need to select passengers for questioning or a pat down Full-body scanners have sparked human rights concerns, with some saying they're equivalent to strip searches. But this system uses a generic avatar-like image on the screens that identifies the location of foreign objects with a yellow-coloured box. And security experts say the fact it can detect a range of items -- such as liquids or a small explosive package -- makes it an important development. (SOUNDBITE) MATTHEW FINN, AUGMENTIQ SECURITY CONSULTANTS, SAYING: "People often forget what a metal detector does -- it detects metal. It doesn't detect explosives so what you've shown there with the 360 technology from Israel is a piece of technology that does look at explosives not just metal." Those behind the technology say for security scanning to become more widespread at crowded venues it needs to be easy to use. And one day it could be deployed at the entrances to office buildings, theatres and concert venues.