One local company in Burlington is doing its part to limit the amount of drugs coming into the state and country as Massachusetts continues to struggle to fight growing drug problems like the opioid crisis.
Viken Detection of Burlington, Massachusetts, will install four undercarriage X-ray scanners known as Osprey-UVX at two South Texas land ports of entry as part of a contract with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
Viken Detection of Burlington, Mass., had been providing handheld X-ray scanners known as the HBI-120 to CBP and to various law-enforcement agencies before it was awarded a contract recently for new undercarriage X-ray scanners known as Osprey-UVX.
Viken Detection this month unveiled an X-Ray system that can provide real-time imaging for under vehicle inspection, including compartments and spaces beneath the occupants, for relatively high-throughput uses at the border, critical infrastructure, embassies and other security and military checkpoints.
Viken Unveils the Osprey Integrated Checkpoint Solution for High Throughput Passenger & Commercial Vehicle Scanning at US Border Crossings
Announces Award for Four Osprey-UVXTM (Under Vehicle X-Ray) Inspection Systems for Deployment at Two US Southern Border Points of Entry
"While touring Viken Detection's new facility, I also got to check out a new prototype that could one day protect crowds from vehicle attacks."
While the political discussions that focus on how to secure America’s borders rage on without a clear resolution regarding what or how policies and procedures could change, one element of the discussion remains clear and present–that technology must and will play an ever more significant role at the U.S. border.
Viken Detection is one of the companies developing a full vehicle scanning portal for passenger vehicles at one of those border entry points.
"The goal for us would be to scan every vehicle that's going across the border," said Viken Detection CEO Jim Ryan. The mission is analogous to Transportation Security Administration scanning every person and piece of luggage that makes it onto an airplane as quickly as possible.
PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- It is being called technology that's exponentially changing the fight against drug trafficking both inside the U.S. and at Ports of entry like here at Packer Marine Terminal in South Philadelphia.
CBP awarded a $28.8 million contract last October to Viken Detection, which makes a handheld X-ray device called the HBI-120. Like the drive-through machines, these scanners also use backscatter imaging. Local law enforcement agencies and drug task forces have been using these handheld scanners for about a year.