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Title: Walk-Through Metal Detectors for Use in Concealed Weapon and Contraband Detection
Author(s): Nicholas G. Paulter Jr.
Corporate Author: National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
United States of America
Date Published: January 2003
Page Count: 55
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Rockville, MD 20849
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-3460
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 99-IJ-R-094
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
Document: PDF|Text
Type: Test/Measurement
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This document presents standards for walk-through metal detectors for concealed weapon and contraband detection.
Abstract: The purpose is to establish performance requirements and testing methods for active walk-through metal detectors used to find metal weapons and/or metal contraband carried on a person and/or concealed by a non-metal object. The requirements for acceptance include electrical requirements, detection performance specifications, operating requirements, mechanical specifications and requirements, functional requirements, detector mount, quality control and assurance, and documentation. Detection performance specifications include detection sensitivity, speed, repeatability, discrimination, operating controls, environmental ranges and conditions. Performance testing procedures include general test conditions, detection performance tests, alarm indication test, test for operation near a metal wall, steel reinforced floor, or moving metal door, and burn-in test. General test conditions include test location, environment, and preparations. Field testing procedures are for large, medium, and small object size. During field testing procedures, the detector is turned on and a clean tester walks through the detector portal carrying large, medium, and small object size test objects. 22 references
Main Term(s): Metal detection devices; Testing and measurement
Index Term(s): Concealed weapons detection; Effectiveness; Equipment evaluation; Evaluation measures; Metal detection; NIJ final report; Police equipment
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