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TSA's Air Cargo Screening List approves first explosives trace detector

Smiths Detection’s IONSCAN 600 is the first explosives trace detection system to be ‘approved’ on the TSA's Air Cargo Screening Technology List (ACSTL) as the US looks to enhance cargo security.

According to Smiths Detection, the IONSCAN 600 is a portable desktop trace detection system that detects minute quantities of explosives, as well as narcotics such as fentanyl, within seconds. 

It is designed to be extremely flexible for use in dynamic screening environments and is fully operational on hot-swappable batteries to ensure continuous use.

It was submitted for ACSTL TSA testing in April 2017 and will also be submitted for evaluation to be used for trace detection at US airport checkpoints in the near future.

The company says: "IONSCAN 600 is similar in operation to previous generation systems, thereby minimising the training needs as cargo companies bring the new product into operation.

"Additionally, it is much easier to maintain which will help operations save time and money over its lifecycle."

Smith Detection's vice president for business development and sales, Stephen Esposito, says: "We are working with the TSA to complete testing to move IONSCAN 600 to the ‘qualified’ air cargo list and look forward to completing that process within the next year.”

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