3/9/2006

New transit machines could detect explosives

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 1:07 pm

Would-be transit system bombers could be foiled when they pay their fares if a new generation of ticket machines works as its developers hope.

The machines are equipped to detect traces of explosives on ticket buyers’ fingers, said GE Security and transit systems company Cubic Corp., who jointly engineered them.

If they work as intended, the machines could have the potential to thwart attacks such as the London transport bombings last July.

The automatic ticket vendor, shown for the first time at a conference in Washington, D.C., this week, incorporates a GE Security-developed fingertip “trace detection analyzer.”

It has been selected for a transit pilot program to be announced in the coming weeks, said General Electric Co. and partner Cubic.

Source: Reuters

 

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