Cargo scanning system at the Polish border-close to commercialization

Cargo scanning system at the Polish border-close to commercialization

It is becoming more and more realistic to introduce a device for screening large cargo at the borders of the Polish market. The National Center for Nuclear Research (NCBJ) and PID Polska signed an agreement on the commercialization of the Polish cargo control system “CANIS” on Thursday.

The commercialization agreement for the Polish cargo control system was signed at the NCBJ Technology Park on Thursday. Thanks to the cooperation with PID Polska, Świerk scientists have the opportunity to launch the “CANIS” device for screening large cargo in border areas. NCBJ spokesperson Marek Sieczkowski introduced the project in a press release sent to PAP.

Dr. Krzysztof Kurek, Director of NCBJ. He added: “The efficiency and relatively low cost of our solution in detecting prohibited items will undoubtedly help improve border security and increase the efficiency of services to combat illegal smuggling.”

“CANIS” is a device used to screen large cargo. Its heart is an accelerator whose task is to deliver an appropriate hard X-ray beam. The beam is directed to the X-ray load and received by a detector system whose task is to reconstruct the shape and characteristics of the transmitted load.

An innovative solution by Polish scientists is to use high beam (6 MeV) and low energy (4 MeV) beams alternately, so that higher contrast (better result quality) can be obtained in images of overexposed objects.

For example, the key to cigarette detection is that they absorb X-rays in a different way than air or other materials. Since cigarettes are mainly composed of organic compounds, customs officers can display the suspicious load with little error based on the appropriate images recorded by the detection system. The computer system also supports its work through appropriate image processing. The contents of the inspected vehicle are clearly visible on the monitor screen. Therefore, there is no need to open the test object, which is a cumbersome and time-consuming process, such as at border crossings, ports, or railway siding. Therefore, the Polish cargo control system will help improve safety and increase the effectiveness of control.

According to the agreement, PID Polska is the sole seller of the Polish cargo control system. The agreement lasts for five years, can be extended, and provides scientists with unique technology to effectively enter the market.

The system was developed under the project “Development of a dedicated system for the development of ionizing radiation accelerators and detectors for medical treatment and detection of hazardous substances and toxic waste” (abbreviation: AiD). The staff of the National Research and Development Center of PwC and the Customs Service have provided support for this complex process with their capabilities, and have also made great contributions to the success of scientists.

The AiD project was carried out in NCBJ from 2008 to 2013. The total value of all projects is 85.5 million zlotys, of which 67.5 million euros are funded by the European Union from the European Regional Development Fund.

PAP-Science of Poland

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