Being displayed in public for the first time at DSEI is a new X-ray scanner that could revolutionise airport and other security scanning procedures.
Known as Halo, the technology behind the scanner was created at Cranfield University, which has partnered with Nottingham Trent University to develop a prototype scanner that can search mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.
This is being demonstrated on Cranfield’s stand (Land Zone, Stand N9-438) at DSEI.
Current X-ray scanners can generate images of objects and define the broad category of material, but this still leads to a large number of false alarms that require time-consuming hand searches and secondary-screening ‘puffer’ tests.
However, Halo can identify within milliseconds whether a substance is, for example, an illegal drug or an explosive, or is harmless. It draws on traditional laboratory crystallography techniques for determining the structure of biomolecules, which examine the way in which an object diffracts X-rays, but speeds up the process to deliver results in approximately 100 milliseconds.
Cranfield and Nottingham Trent have jointly established Halo X-ray Technologies Ltd to develop and exploit this licensed and patented technology, which could also be employed to measure bone density, or to assess problems in production lines.