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NCJ Number: 228834 Find in a Library
Title: Seeing Past the Hard Stuff
Journal: Law Enforcement Technology  Volume:36  Issue:9  Dated:September 2009  Pages:68,70,73
Author(s): Jonathan Kozlowski
Date Published: September 2009
Page Count: 5
Type: Report (Technical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes the Z Backscatter Van (ZBV), a new and innovative surveillance technology that gives law enforcement an effective tool in contraband detection.
Abstract: The ZBV, developed by American Science and Engineering (AS&E), uses only backscatter imaging in an effort to optimize detection of weapons, explosives, and drugs. Backscatter imaging, as compared to X-ray, transpires when X-rays bounce off of the scanned objects. ZBV sends out X-rays toward a target, and the resulting "scattered" radiation is then translated into black-and-white type images. ZBV's use varies from seizures of large quantities of drugs and detection of bulk explosives to stowaways. Effective results have been reported with the use of ZBV, which provides powerful contraband detection in a mobile unit, with over 400 sales in 46 countries, and deemed an advantageous tactic for law enforcement.
Main Term(s): Crime detection
Index Term(s): Bomb detection; Drug detection; Police effectiveness; Policing innovation; Science and Technology; Smuggling/Trafficking
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