The University of Alcalá de Henares (Madrid) has created a 3D scanning system that allows detecting any foreign object inside or outside the body, which could end with the eternal passenger lines at airports.
Although the plane is the fastest means of transport, we all agree that it is a nuisance due to its strict security measures, especially since the 9/11 attacks. On these summer dates the passenger lines to pass the controls become endless and, although we understand that it is necessary for our own safety, the fact is that now, more and more people choose other methods for travel instead of flying.
Fortunately, University of Alcalá de Henares, together with entities from seven European countries, has been working in this field for 3 years now and finally the results come to light with the new Mesmerise technology, financed by the European Union.
More details about Mesmerise 3D Scanning system
Mesmerise has developed two complementary technologies (X and Z) for the detection of objects that a person can hide inside or outside their body. It is a scanning system that, without the need to strip the user of clothing or footwear and without maintaining contact with it, is able to alert to the presence of any type of foreign object regardless of the material it is made of. Mesmerise is capable of detecting narcotics, explosives, currency, weapons or even ampoules containing chemical or biological threats.
“The goal of Mesmerise is to improve safety and at the same time increase respect for privacy and comfort of people, without representing a risk to users and providing an automatic” identification “of the detected element,” says José Luis Pérez Díaz, Professor of Engineering at the University of Alcalá and project coordinator.
Z-Mesmerise is the technology created to detect objects attached to the body and which replaces the current manual search routine. It is based on the dispersion of mechanical waves and provides a non-contact recording system. This technology uses absolutely harmless infrasound capable of detecting all kinds of dangerous or illicit objects under clothes, such as explosives. Today there is no similar system in the world that avoids touching the person inspected, reducing the risks for inspectors before a possible carrier of explosives, and also safeguarding the privacy of the person scanned.
On the other hand, X-Mesmerise has been created to detect all kinds of foreign objects that the individual carries inside his body and significantly improves the current system. Use X-Ray high resolution multiple energy and its dose is so low that the same person could be scanned up to a thousand times a year and receive less than the threshold of 1mSv (the annual dose allowed by the EU for labor regulations). In addition, this system does not require that an operator is aware of a screen but automatically activates an alarm when it detects something strange, not being necessary to generate images that may compromise the privacy of the person scanned.
The Mesmerise technology increases users’ safety while eliminating the inconvenience, decreases dangers for the security forces and can end the eternal lines that occur in the customs, especially during vacations where millions of people move, since for its use, the user must simply pass through an arch.
Don’t forget to explore our News section and get to know more about our 3D printing world!