17 DECEMBER 2018


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Article from BTNews 17 DECEMBER 2018

Cardiff's space-age scanner

A super-sensitive walk-through passenger scanner which uses space technology to image human body heat and reveal hidden security threats has completed trials at Cardiff Airport.

The result of a collaboration between Sequestim Ltd. and Cardiff University scientists, it works without passengers having to keep still or remove outer clothing and is said to have the potential to reduce queues, as it screens people on the move.

Ken Wood, sales and marketing director of Sequestim, a joint venture between Cardiff University and QMC Instruments, said: “Passenger numbers are expected to double in 20 years, putting airport security facilities under immense pressure.

“Our scanner combines a number of world-leading technologies developed by our team and needs only a few seconds to do its work. Passengers walking normally through security no longer need to take off clothing or remove personal items such as phones.”

The trial, below, was held so key members of industry, the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure, the Civil Aviation Authority and other government bodies including Border Force, could see the technology in action.

The project received funding from the government as part of the five-year Future Aviation Security Solutions (FASS) programme set up to seek new ideas to help strengthen aviation safety.



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