Using an under vehicle inspection system is not something new. In fact, manual inspections with mirrors have been used since the 1940s to detect stowaways, contraband, explosives, and more. As terrorism has risen, particularly in the last twenty years, ways of detecting and preventing eminent danger have also evolved. The rise of increasingly sophisticated technology has made it possible to replace more dangerous inspection pits and handheld mirrors with advanced technologies that keep users safer. Today’s new UVIS can perform far more thorough and reliable undercarriage inspections from a safer distance.
The under vehicle inspection system uses hi-tech cameras to capture images of the underside of vehicles. The images are then analyzed either manually or automatically by security personnel or through a third-party integrated command and control security system. Static scanning or real-time video currently dominate the methods of undercarriage inspection by a UVIS. Foreign object detection can be performed multi-directionally for incoming and outgoing traffic.
UVIS hi-tech digital cameras have the capability of producing color images with zero distortion; they’re indifferent to both direct sunlight and acceleration speed. Images are crystal clear if the vehicle speeds across the inspection system or parks over it, and captured data is fully encrypted for another layer of security.
For example, when a vehicle is driven over a either a fixed permanent or temporary mobile imaging unit, cameras capture images or video of the undercarriage and transmit them to a monitor attached to a control unit. Personnel can then inspect the images from a guardhouse or other location away from the immediate area. Images can be manipulated for closer inspection or stored for later use. These features help keep contraband or other dangers from easily escaping detection, easily store images in a database, and allow for image comparisons.
The new systems are more accurate in threat detection, save time, aid in resource planning, and better protect personnel. A variety of system add-ons enhance the overall effectiveness of the UVIS. Some add-ons may include automatic license plate recognition to identify stolen or otherwise suspect vehicles, auto detection of the vehicle make and model to compare with the vehicle’s history or the manufacturer’s specs, extreme temperature enhancement, bi-directional scanning capability, and more. Each enhancement provides an added layer of protection.
If an area or business is worth securing, an under vehicle inspection system is an integral part of an overall security plan.