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TeraSCREEN: multi-frequency multi-mode Terahertz screening for border checks
Author(s): Naomi E. Alexander; Byron Alderman; Fernando Allona; Peter Frijlink; Ramón Gonzalo; Manfred Hägelen; Asier Ibáñez; Viktor Krozer; Marian L. Langford; Ernesto Limiti; Duncan Platt; Marek Schikora; Hui Wang; Marc Andree Weber
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Paper Abstract

The challenge for any security screening system is to identify potentially harmful objects such as weapons and explosives concealed under clothing. Classical border and security checkpoints are no longer capable of fulfilling the demands of today’s ever growing security requirements, especially with respect to the high throughput generally required which entails a high detection rate of threat material and a low false alarm rate. TeraSCREEN proposes to develop an innovative concept of multi-frequency multi-mode Terahertz and millimeter-wave detection with new automatic detection and classification functionalities. The system developed will demonstrate, at a live control point, the safe automatic detection and classification of objects concealed under clothing, whilst respecting privacy and increasing current throughput rates. This innovative screening system will combine multi-frequency, multi-mode images taken by passive and active subsystems which will scan the subjects and obtain complementary spatial and spectral information, thus allowing for automatic threat recognition. The TeraSCREEN project, which will run from 2013 to 2016, has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme under the Security Call. This paper will describe the project objectives and approach.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 June 2014
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 9078, Passive and Active Millimeter-Wave Imaging XVII, 907802 (9 June 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2049926
Show Author Affiliations
Naomi E. Alexander, Alfa Imaging S.A. (Spain)
Byron Alderman, Teratech Components Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Fernando Allona, Alfa Imaging S.A. (Spain)
Peter Frijlink, OMMIC (France)
Ramón Gonzalo, Univ. Pública de Navarra (Spain)
Manfred Hägelen, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (Germany)
Asier Ibáñez, Anteral S.L. (Spain)
Viktor Krozer, Goethe Univ. (Germany)
Marian L. Langford, ICTS (UK) Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Ernesto Limiti, Univ. degli Studi di Roma "Tor Vergata" (Italy)
Duncan Platt, Acreo AB (Sweden)
Marek Schikora, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (Germany)
Hui Wang, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Marc Andree Weber, Albert-Ludwigs-Univ. Freiburg (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9078:
Passive and Active Millimeter-Wave Imaging XVII
David A. Wikner; Arttu R. Luukanen, Editor(s)

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