Smiths Detection today announced its largest contract to date with the Cayman Islands Customs Department -- high energy X-ray cargo inspection systems to cut the flow of weapons, narcotics and contraband in and out of the country.
The HCVM, which uses viZual™ threat identification technology, distinguishes between organic and inorganic substances by using color-coded material discrimination. This allows the detection of narcotics and other suspect substances hidden in standard commercial shipments. Coupled with other HI-SCAN Cargo Inspection Systems, the full array of scanners will help reduce the need for manual inspections by showing customs officials that goods in containers match those declared on the manifest.
Eduardo Parodi, Director of Sales for Latin America & Caribbean, Smiths Detection, said: “This is Smiths Detection’s fifth High Energy System deployed in the region; all our systems have had a strong history of return on investment for their end users in terms of narcotics seizures as well as revenue collection. The effective use of advanced technology supported by our investments in regional service capabilities truly allows Smiths Detection to stand out among competing manufacturers.”
Jeff Jackson, Assistant Collector & NIIS Project Coordinator, Cayman Islands Customs, said, “The acquisition of the HCVM is the most advanced technology procurement of its kind in the Caribbean to date, demonstrating our commitment to combat drug smuggling and other prohibited/restricted items and safeguard customs revenue.”
Smiths Detection is the world’s leading provider of advanced security technology; deploying more than 65,000 X-ray inspection units in more than 180 countries, 6,000 desktop explosives trace detection systems, 186,000 chemical detectors, and around 500 cargo inspection systems worldwide.
Smiths Detection offers advanced security solutions in civil and military markets worldwide, developing and manufacturing government-regulated technology products that help detect and identify explosives, chemical and biological agents, radiological and nuclear threats, weapons, narcotics and contraband. It is part of Smiths Group, a global leader in applying integrated, advanced technologies to markets in threat and contraband detection, energy, medical devices, communications and engineered components. Smiths Group employs around 23,000 people in more than 50 countries.