Analogic awarded TSA contract to develop new carry-on baggage scan

Published 7 November 2005

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has awarded Peabody, Massachusetts-based Analogic Corporation (NASDAQ: ALOG) a contract to develop a next-generation checkpoint screening system as part of the agency’s CAMBRIA project. The TSA program aims to develop an advanced carry-on bag and parcel inspection system. Analogic has developed the Carry-On Baggage Real-time Assessment (COBRA) checkpoint security system, and it will serve as the platform for an automated threat-detection system with improved 3-D imaging capability to inspect passengers’ carry-on baggage. The COBRA uses computed tomography (CT) technology to provide automatic detection and 3-D images of all the objects in a bag or parcel. The contract calls for a deliverable product within one year.

In addition to CAMBRIA, Analogic is currently working under three other TSA awards: Phoenix Category 1, for the upgrade of the installed base of EDSs; Phoenix Category 3, for the design, development, and manufacture of the next generation of EDSs; and Manhattan II, for the design of revolutionary detection systems. The company’s screening and imaging devices are used not only by security agencies, but also by medical facilities. The company is regarded as an innovator in computed tomography (CT), digital radiography (DR), ultrasound, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).