Smiths Detection adds weapon detection to iCMORE

Smiths Detection Stand at The Airport Show 1Security solutions provider Smiths Detection has added weapons detection to the innovative iCMORE family of smart and adaptable object recognition algorithms

iCMORE offers automatic detection of an ever-expanding list of dangerous, prohibited and contraband goods. It provides invaluable support to security operators, customs officers and other controlling authorities.

Matt Clark, vice-president technology and product development at Smiths Detection, said, “iCMORE is designed to identify threats and help combat the movement of unsafe, undeclared or illegal goods. In doing so, it reduces the burden on image analysts and increases efficiency and detection accuracy.”

“The number of detectable items will continue to grow along with the range of systems offering the various algorithms. Following the introduction of lithium battery detection in 2018, weapon detection is the latest option to go live. We plan to expand the iCMORE family to include other contraband or dangerous goods,” he added.

The weapons module provides automatic detection of guns (pistols, revolvers), gun parts, flick and fixed-blade knives (min. length ~6 cm). It was developed for use in a range of applications such as aviation passenger checkpoints, critical infrastructure protection, prisons and customs.

The company stated that the module is available for the HI-SCAN 6040aTiX and HI-SCAN 6040-2is scanners. A weapons algorithm for the HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX has also been developed and is now ready for customers.

The weapons kit is offered either as an option on new systems or as an upgrade. Potential threats are framed and displayed in tandem with images from the explosive detection scan on the main system screen. The additional function does not affect any regulatory certifications or approvals.

Deep learning is fundamental to artificial intelligence (AI), and Smiths Detection took this approach in developing the weapons algorithm-working with customers to build a huge image library from which the algorithm could ‘learn’. In the future, however, the conventional methodology may also be used to create iCMORE modules for the detection of substances that do not present inconsistent forms or shapes–such as drugs or currency.

Lithium battery detection is also available for the HI-SCAN 100100V-2is and 100100T-2is, mainly for the cargo sector.

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