Since 1994, SAIC has provided hundreds of VACIS
systems in fixed and mobile configurations to military forces, customs agencies and other security organizations around the world," said Alex Preston, SAIC senior vice president and business unit general manager.
The SAIC-developed VACIS system uses a gamma-ray imaging system to produce radiographic images that may be transmitted or stored.
VACIS technology is also being applied to the problem of maritime domain awareness--identifying vessels and monitoring those with suspicious cargoes, behavior or ownership.
49) Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), "Mobile VACIS Inspection System," at http:// www.
SAIC's VACIS inspection systems are gamma-ray based systems designed to non-intrusively inspect the contents of trucks, containers and cargo to assist with manifest verification, tariff collection, and the identification of contraband, explosives, weapons or other suspicious items.
These VACIS and EXPLORANIUM products can contribute to greater security at the Port of Pendik, with minimal effect on vehicle throughput.
Those with a lower risk profile are unloaded as normal, but Customs officials are on shore waiting with a VACIS machine to inspect the cargo the instant it is unloaded.
Customs officials will then bring in the VACIS to scan the whole container.
While its speed offers a major benefit (it scans containers at a rate of one per minute), what makes the VACIS a vast improvement over existing technology is its mobility, says Michael Bahls, a marine superintendent who operates the machine for Canada Customs.
So far, the VACIS has successfully detected a shipment of stolen cars, found in a container that was supposed to have been carrying drinking water overseas.
Developed from the same technology behind SAIC's successful commercial VACIS
(R) inspection systems, of which more than 300 have been installed to date, the Military Mobile VACIS
(R) Inspection System mounts the core, commercial VACIS
inspection module, the VACIS
(R) Imaging Kit, on military High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV).
inspection systems, deployed and operational in 20 countries worldwide, are designed to assist customs, port, terminal and checkpoint authorities with manifest verification, tariff collection and the identification of contraband and other suspicious items.