The XRD 3500 X-ray Diffraction-based explosives detection system (EDS) from Morpho Detection, Inc., part of Morpho, Safran group’s security business, has become the first such system to achieve ECAC (European Civil Aviation Conference) Standard 3 certification.
Beginning in 2012, Standard 3-certified EDS systems will be the preferred screening solution at EU airports and future mandates will include a Standard 3 certification requirement, therefore making the XRD 3500 standards compliant through 2012 and beyond.
Dennis Cooke, president and CEO, Morpho Detection, Inc, said: “The XRD 3500 utilises advanced X-ray Diffraction (XRD) technology to pinpoint the exact location of potential explosives in any given suitcase.
“With this capability, airports are able to screen checked bags more effectively, reducing the number of bags requiring manual inspection. With fewer false positives and hand inspections of luggage, airports can reduce costs and increase return on investment for security infrastructure, while travellers benefit as more bags make it to their planes on time.”
Using XRD technology, the XRD 3500 can identify potentially threatening substances in many forms – including powders, solids and liquids – without the need to open the bag or remove its contents. Additionally, the extremely low false alarm rate results in a simplified inspection process.