The technology of today’s under carriage inspection system has come a long way in the past 30 years since the development of the first modern system in the 1980s. The original electronic system used black and white images from area scan cameras, although color imagery was eventually introduced in 2005.
Before the modern systems were built, handheld mirrors were used. This, however, had a tendency to put security personnel more at risk to dangerous situations and was ultimately more time consuming. Manual methods, while still in use around the world, are unable to offer effective security procedures particularly in busy traffic areas.
The modern under carriage inspection system is much safer, quicker and more reliable, and now operates with a full color area scan and zero distortion, offering 0.6 mm/pixel resolution resulting in clear, sharp images. Image processing capabilities have come a long way since the original systems hit the market and nowadays they are indifferent to acceleration or braking of vehicles, and can be used for both incoming and outgoing traffic, operating just as effectively under direct sunlight. In fact they can withstand temperatures ranging from -40 degrees up to approximately 80 degrees increasing their dependability in harsher conditions.
The benefit of an under carriage inspection system is the limited amount of time it takes from scanning to the production of the results on the screen. In fact it generally only takes a few seconds for the system to identify and search the vehicle’s under carriage and display the results on screen. Trained personnel are then able to inspect and review the results and subsequent images from a safe distance without putting themselves unnecessarily in harm’s way.
Modern systems are better able to detect a risk of threat or contraband without the need to stop traffic to do so. And thanks to modern advancements, under carriage inspection systems can be either mounted or mobile depending on your security requirements. These non-intrusive systems give a feeling of safety assurance to staff and visitors and act as a deterrent to those looking to break the law.
Add ons like auto detection ability, in which the system will compare with the vehicle’s history or generic manufacturer under carriage template and Automatic License Plate Recognition (ALPR) ensures your security efforts are state of the art and not left to chance.
If security is your business then an under carriage inspection system needs to be central to your overall security strategy.