Vehicle scanning technology at the border is about to ruin the drug trade
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.
"Every vehicle will go through it quickly and you'll be able to see the entire vehicle," he said. "Once we get to that point we'll see the magnitude...the amounts of drugs that are coming across the border."
Viken's system employs backscatter technology, which requires little energy to generate an image. It also emits a very low dosage of radiation, making it safe for regular use in a passenger environment.