Screening solution provider Thruvision has won a contract from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to develop new user interface software for its passive terahertz people-screening technology.
Announced last week, the new contract is intended to ensure Thruvision compliance with federal regulation 49 CFR 1540.107(d), part of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, which mandates standards for all people-screening technology used at US airport checkpoints.
“Thruvision security screening equipment has been deployed internationally for years because of the tremendous privacy and safety benefit of its passive terahertz technology,” said Kevin Gramer, vice president of Thruvision, Americas.
“Our technology is now a candidate for use at US airports specifically because of those benefits. Thruvision provides fast, safe and respectful screening for all travelers. Our aim is to reduce queues and remove the need for physical searches in US airports and we look forward to working with the TSA to help achieve this.”
Thruvision’s people-screening technology can quickly and unobtrusively screen passengers at distances up to 25ft (7.6m) using passive terahertz technology to measure thermal energy coming from the body. Items such as a suicide bomb vest or a gun block these heat emissions, meaning that they can be seen against the warmth of the ‘green ghost’ thermal outline for which Thruvision is known.