Reveal Imaging contracted to deliver air cargo explosives detection systemReveal Imaging contracted to deliver air cargo explosives detection system: TSA intensifies focus on bomb detection, and Reveal benefits

Published 10 December 2005

Cargo container security is a big concern for security experts and big business opportunity for technology companies. Bedford, Massachusetts-based Reveal Imaging Technologies, a developer of advanced security inspection systems, was awarded a $2.5 million research and development contract under TSA’s EDS Break Bulk Cargo Optimization Program. Break bulk air cargo is handled by hundreds of cargo terminals throughout the United States and loaded for placement on cargo and commercial aircraft.

Reveal’s dual-energy CT technology will be applied to break bulk air cargo for explosives detection. Each break bulk package will be automatically scanned and analyzed using measurements such as density and atomic number to optimize detection while reducing the number of false alarms. In October 2005 Reveal received a $24.8 million TSA order for its CT-80 automated Explosives Detection Systems (EDS) for airport checked baggage as part of a three-year Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract. Reveal is also developing explosives detection solutions under two other TSA programs with a $2.38 million grant as part of TSA’s Phoenix program for an integrated solution that revolutionizes the system design for screening checked luggage for explosives, and a $3.6 million research and development contract under Project Cambria, TSA’s Advanced Weapons and Explosives Detection System development program.

Reveal’s CT-80

MORE: Cargo containers security means not only security from terrorists, but also security from common thieves. Theft of full container loads of cargo has increased in the last few years. Recent estimates by law enforcement agencies say the theft of cargo container goods in the United States amounts to approximately 10 billion dollars. Globally, this number is estimated in the 100 billion dollar range. One company offering solutions to this problem is Richmond, British Columbia, Canada-based Bulldog Technologies, a designer and manufacturer of wireless security solutions and sensor networks which monitor and secure cargo in the global supply chain. John Cockburn, the company’s president and CEO, believes the company and its accomplishments are overlooked, so he issued an interesting press release: “From observing inquiries from investors, it has become apparent that Bulldog Technologies’ achievements need to be better understood and as President and CEO, I would like to outline these achievements and draw attention to Bulldog’s accomplishments.”

-see this company news release; and see details of company’s products at company Web site