Cardiff Airport plans to trial a super-sensitive passenger scanning system


11 December 2018

Cardiff Airport (CWL) in the UK plans to trial a super-sensitive passenger scanning system that can reveal hidden security threats. Developed by UK-based Sequestim and scientists from Cardiff University, the walkthrough scanner uses space technology to image human body heat. According to Sequestim, the scanner can differentiate between threats and non-threats without requiring the passengers to stop or remove outer clothing. In addition, the scanner is capable of swiftly learning the difference between items that can and cannot be taken onto an aircraft, reducing the risk of false alarms that trouble passengers and decelerate screening. Sequestim’s sales and marketing director, Ken Wood, said: “Our scanner combines a number of world-leading technologies developed by our team here in the UK. It uses the human body as a source of ‘light’, in contrast with existing scanners, which process reflected and scattered millimetre-waves while the passenger is required to strike a pose. Our system only needs a few seconds to do its work. Passengers walking normally through security would no longer need to take off coats and jackets or remove personal items such as phones.”

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