Rapiscan Systems Launches Eagle R60 Rail Scanner for Dutch Customs
February 16, 2012 Torrance, CA
Rapiscan Systems, a leading global supplier of security inspection systems, today announced that it has completed the installation and commissioning of a Rapiscan Eagle® R60 High Speed rail scanner, on behalf of Dutch Customs, designed for the effective high speed scanning of cargo transported by rail.
The Rapiscan Eagle® R60 high speed rail scanner will efficiently scan around two hundred thousand cargo containers per annum as they travel at speeds of up to sixty kilometers per hour through the Eagle R60 into the Port of Rotterdam.
The Eagle®R60HS has been designed to help detect and identify a wide range of threats and suspect materials including contraband goods such as drugs and cigarettes. Using a high power 6 MeV X-Ray source, a clear and unambiguous x-image of even the densest rail cargo is produced, with a forty foot container x-rayed in 0.8 of a second.
Offering a high speed, efficient solution to cargo screening, containers do not have to be unloaded or diverted individually to a cargo inspection facility; instead they are screened during the normal movement of cargo, vastly increasing the speed of cargo throughput. Trains can be diesel, electric (overhead or rail).
Communications technology means that the R60 system is a fully automated operation without inspectors positioned on site, the resulting X-Ray image analysis is performed by trained operators, within an Inspection Office, in the heart of the Port some kilometres away from the scanner. The system requires only one person to monitor the screening process, with sophisticated operational and safety systems’ guaranteeing the solution is safe for the rail crew and drivers. This array of failsafe systems ensures that only cargo containers are scanned.
Mr. Ajay Mehra, Rapiscan Systems President, commented: “With an increased demand for x-ray cargo inspection systems that can efficiently scan trains whilst on the move, Dutch Customs continues to assert its position as a leader worldwide in best practices for cargo and vehicle inspection with the deployment of this ground-breaking technology. The ability for rail operators and security organisations to quickly assess rail cargo is vital to protecting rail infrastructure and the global supply chain. With its ultra-high speed throughput and superior threat detection capabilities, the Eagle R60 is an example of Rapiscan’s technical leadership and its ability to meet our customers’ most demanding requirements.”
The Eagle R-Series rail scanners have been well-received in the marketplace with Eagle R60, R60 High Speed and Eagle R90 systems, including dual track solutions having been sold to the US Department of Defence and a number of European customers for inspecting cargo at border crossings. The Eagle® R-series systems are able to scan cargo of different sizes and configurations, including single or double stacked containers, single or dual tracks, making them ideal for the mixed rail car cargo at border crossings and seaports.
About Rapiscan Systems
Rapiscan Systems, a division of OSI Systems, Inc. is a leading global supplier of security inspection solutions utilizing X-ray and gamma-ray imaging, and advanced threat identification techniques such as neutron and diffraction analysis. The company's products are sold into four market segments; Baggage and Parcel Inspection, Cargo and Vehicle Inspection, Hold Baggage Screening and People Screening. The company has an installed base globally of more than 70,000 security and inspection systems. The Rapiscan Systems product line is manufactured at four locations and supported by a global support service network. As the world’s leading security screening provider, Rapiscan Systems provides state of the art products, solutions and services that meet our customers’ most demanding threat detection needs --- while improving their operational efficiency.