1/11/2006

Anti-terror tech tested on London commuters

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 12:57 pm

Trials of airport-style body-scanning technology and high-tech closed-circuit TV systems are to begin Thursday at London’s Paddington railway station as part of the government’s attempts to reduce the risk of terrorist bomb attacks on the capital’s transportation network.

The four-week trial, announced by the government last year following the July 7 suicide bomb attacks in London, will involve passengers using the Heathrow Express rail link from the airport to Paddington station and will be voluntary.

Passengers who agree to be screened at Paddington during the trial will pass through a metal box containing a millimeter wave-imaging technology that can detect items such as guns, ammunition or bombs hidden beneath clothing.

The checks will be carried out by armed police and are expected to take just over a minute each. Police can increase or reduce the number of checks according to the security threat level.

Luggage will also be screened, using a traditional X-ray machine, while a new high-tech closed-circuit TV camera system is being tested that alerts security staff to unattended luggage or suspicious behavior by passengers.

Source: News.com

 

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