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NCJ Number: NCJ 246709     Find in a Library
Title: Body Cavity Screening: Technology Assessment (Version 1.1)
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Author(s): Lars Ericson, Ph.D.
Corporate Author: ManTech Advanced Systems International, Inc.
United States of America
Date Published: 04/2014
Page Count: 38
  Annotation: Findings and methodology are presented from a technology assessment of a body cavity screening (BCS) system being developed by Quantum Magnetics (QM); the assessment was conducted by the National Institute of Justice’s Sensor, Surveillance, and Biometric Technologies Center of Excellence (CoE).
Abstract: The project has been handicapped by schedule and work-efficiency issues due to organizational laboratory moves and the loss of key personnel. Based on information obtained during the site visit, CoE estimates that completing the project will require 2 years of basic research and 1-2 years to complete and test the prototype at a cost estimate of $1.2 - $2 million for basic research and $0.9 - $1.3 million for the prototype. The QM system uses electric field tomography (EFT) as a new method of detecting the presence of non-metallic concealed contraband on or in a person. The system has an antenna positioned along the interior perimeter of a large 4-foot diameter aluminum cylinder for transmitting and receiving low-power radio waves. Wire mesh is used as a shield around the lower third of a person, and a metal plate is secured as a roof to add additional environmental shielding. The system uses a custom-built multi-channel spectrometer to transmit/receive radio waves. The backend software model subtracts the theoretical signal from a human body to reveal the presence of foreign objects. The system has been tested only with a large plastic object and has not undergone parametric test and evaluation or human subject testing. This assessment report combines information from a site visit and a survey of criminal justice practitioners regarding the need for such an instrument. Based on the survey of the limited Technology Working Group, there is a “medium-high” priority for an affordable instrument that can detect both metallic and non-metallic objects concealed on or in a person. 15 figures, 7 tables, and 8 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Technology transfer ; Comparative analysis ; Equipment evaluation ; Body cavity searches ; NIJ final report ; Corrections Equipment
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 2010-IJ-CX-K024
Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical) ; Test/Measurement
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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