SOURCE: QinetiQ North America

QinetiQ North America

January 21, 2010 09:00 ET

QinetiQ North America's Body Scanning Technology Is an Important Part of Layered Security Approach

Passive Millimeter Wave Technology Detects Threats Without Invading Privacy

MCLEAN, VA--(Marketwire - January 21, 2010) - President Barack Obama has called for smarter screening and security at airports, and investing in technologies that will enhance passenger screening methods. Testimony heard in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday on Capitol Hill confirmed the use of, and need for enhanced passenger screening methods.

QinetiQ North America's Standoff Passive Object detection system, SPO-7, is an integral part of achieving a sustained, layered mix of systems that addresses threats before they reach screening checkpoints.

Used as a first line of defense in lobbies, building entrances or parking garages, this portable screening device offers highly reliable, stand-off capability for the detection of metallic and non-metallic person-borne concealed items, such as explosives, drugs or large amounts of cash. The sensor is a real-time, non-emitting, non-imaging system that detects concealed objects using passive millimeter wave technology without raising privacy concerns, which can be an issue for full-image scanners.

SPO-7 does not impede or slow the flow of pedestrian traffic and is capable of scanning a moving person in under three seconds. Requiring no special infrastructure improvements for installation this versatile system can be assembled by two operators in about 30 minutes and can be deployed virtually anywhere depending on security operations needs.

"We're paying very close attention to the President's directive and subsequent action from Congress and the TSA," says Don Steinman, a Director at QinetiQ North America's Technology Solutions Group. "We're faced with the responsibility of protecting people's lives, and we're confident that our technology is an important piece to helping solve the transportation security puzzle."

The TSA has tested SPO-7 in real-life transportation venues and has purchased 22 units. This technology has been used to enhance security measures in the Denver and Minneapolis airport lobbies during the 2008 Democratic and Republican national conventions and is currently in use at Boston's Logan International Airport.

About QinetiQ North America

QinetiQ (pronounced 'kinetic') North America delivers world-class technology and responsive solutions to government agencies and commercial customers to solve their most urgent and complex challenges. An innovative technology provider that operates with small company speed and agility while leveraging significant global resources, QinetiQ North America's engineers, scientists and other professionals have the mission knowledge and proven, reliable performance to meet the rapidly changing demands of national defense, homeland security and information assurance customers. QinetiQ North America is part of QinetiQ Group PLC (LSE: QQ), one of the world's leading defense and security technology companies. For more information, please visit

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