The US and certain EU member states have banned electronic items from being carried on flights. There is a possibility that this ban will be extended more broadly causing significant operational issues as well as lost revenue for the airline and airport industries.
MultiX, a developer of advanced x-ray technology has demonstrated that it can detect the range of threats that caused the electronics ban and hence if deployed would satisfy regulators that security is being maintained. This would remove the need for the ban and allow the carriage of electronics onto flights as before. The tests carried at the MultiX facility in Moirans (France), using their MultiX multi-energy X-ray detectors integrated into a conventional airport checkpoint x-ray system with state of the art Multi-Energy algorithms, have demonstrated the ability of the MultiX solution to accurately identify the presence of skillfully concealed explosives in electronics, in particular tablets and laptops.
This development gives regulators, airports and airlines opportunities to maintain security in light of this new threat while ensuring passenger facilitation is kept at an operationally viable level. MultiX technology is retrofitable to any existing x-ray system for checkpoint making it easier to acquire and deploy. MultiX demonstrates again its leadership in X-ray spectrometry.
MultiX: High-performance X-ray detector:
MultiX, started in 2010, the company supplies X-ray system manufacturers with new X-ray detectors as part of a complete data acquisition system which upgrades current X-ray systems and allows them to perform better. This in turn allows airport operators to improve passenger facilitation and experience at checkpoints by reducing the need to divest liquids and laptops from their hand baggage while meeting the ever more stringent security regulations. MultiX allows a significant step to reduce the false alarm rate of baggage screening systems and to improve performance to identify illicit substances and allow them to meet and exceed current and future performance regulations both in Europe and in the United States.
The new X-ray detectors are also applicable to non-destructive testing (NDT) applications such as food processing, mining, recycling, industrial sorting, waste product processing, petroleum production, forest products, packaging and many others.