Sat, Jan 30, 2010
Location Undisclosed For "Security Reasons"
Valley Forge Composite Technologies
is shipping ODIN, its full body scanner, this week. ODIN is a state
of the art full body scanning system based on Ultra-Low Dose
Imaging Technology. It provides an enhanced ability to see most
objects including liquids, explosives and other contraband carried
on an individual, even when concealed.
For security reasons, Valley Forge has agreed to not disclose
the end user of the product or the location of the initial
The initial system is expected to be installed and operational
by the middle of February at which point ODIN will undergo
acceptance testing for 30 days before being put into full
operation. It is believed that successful testing will result with
a larger rollout.
"We have been informed that we were chosen because we are
providing very high quality images", stated Lou Brothers, CEO of
Full-body scanners have been a subject of controversy since
they were proposed for airport security last year. They have come
under fire from both civil liberty and privacy organizations, which
say the image of a full-body scanner amounts to an electronic strip
search of those who are scanned. There are also questions about
whether the systems can save and export images. TSA has held that
the images are not saved, and they are viewed in rooms separate
from the screening area. They also say that a full-body scan is
optional, and if selected a passenger can opt for a more extensive
pat-down search instead.
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