Airport security experts at Manchester Metropolitan University are developing new bag scanning technology that could automatically detect weapons. Dr Peter Twigg, a senior lecturer in the Department of Engineering and Technology, is carrying out tests at Manchester Airport to find out how guns, pistols and hand grenades can be identified using an automated control system. The system aims to pick up weapons by matching their outline against objects in a pre-stored database.
Existing scanning systems rely on operators to spot weapons and suspect packages.
“Although explosives can be detected automatically, there is currently no such system in place to automatically identify weapons,” Dr Twigg said. “Bag scanning staff typically work 20-minute shifts before taking a break and, although they are well trained, there is always room for human error. Potentially our system is much more accurate and could boost public confidence in airport security.”
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