Dr. Steven W. Smith, President of Tek84, created the ultra-low-dose X-ray screening market in 1992 when he invented the Secure 1000 Backscatter X-ray body scanner. Since then, Dr. Smith has continued to produce innovative technology for the detection of both VBIED (Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Device) and PBIED (Person-Borne IED). Tek84's new body scanner, called Ait84 (Advanced imaging technology), is 5th in a series of successful developments that make Tek84 the most credible force in ultra-low-dose security screening (Secure 1000, SentryScope, CastScope, CarSCAN, Ait84). Ait84 provides revolutionary improvements in detection, efficiency, and convenience for whole body passenger screening.
First, Ait84 uses Dual Mode techniques to improve detection at the checkpoint within the passenger dose limits permitted by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). By using dual mode imaging on both the body and the feet, Ait84 eliminates detection gaps in current technology.
Second, by acquiring dual mode images, Ait84 is able to screen the feet, turbans, hijab, burqa and some casts and prosthetics - far surpassing the capability of other scanners. This technology increases the speed of security checks while providing convenience and comfort to passengers.
Third, Ait84 is about half the size of backscatter systems currently on the market. By reducing the size of body scanners to approach the size of walk-though metal detectors (WTMD), Ait84 eliminates a barrier to deployment faced by the vast majority of airports.
Two standard WTMD lanes, side by side, are about 8 feet wide (two 36 inch metal detectors separated by 24 inches). Two Ait84 units occupy 9 feet of checkpoint width. Checkpoints are generally constrained in width, NOT length; this is due to the number of divestiture and recapture tables before and after the baggage X-ray system. Also note that Ait84 is serviced from the inside and can be placed directly against a wall or baggage screening system. By comparison, existing technologies require 19 feet of checkpoint width for 2 units (including service area).