The customs authority at Abu Dhabi’s new Khalifa port complex has awarded a contract for cargo and vehicle X-ray inspection and screening systems to identify and secure the UAE border from smuggling, fraud, and other security threats.
The contract was awarded to the American Science and Engineering, Inc for two systems: the first is a high-penetration X-ray inspection system capable of penetrating 400mm of steel and able to discriminate organic, inorganic, metallic, and high-density materials.
The other will scan cars, vans, trucks, and their cargo for concealed threats and organic contraband (explosives, drugs, stowaways, alcohol and the like) as a part of drive-through detection. It will provide planar views of the vehicles in all three dimensions to aid in contraband detection.
The first will be used for stationary cargo while the second will be deployed in high-traffic locations with space constraints and a high-throughput requirement.
The Khalifa Port—being built over 20 years in five phases—will be the region’s first semi-automated port and one of the largest in the world when fully operational in 2030. Situated next to 420 square kilometres of a newly-built industrial zone, the port will have 22.4km of quay coastline. Phase one will begin operations in 2012.
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