The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has placed an order with L3 Communications—a supplier of security screening systems—for 300 ProVision ATD personnel screening systems for use at aviation checkpoints, a contract valued at $44.8 million.
The TSA is also upgrading 250 existing ProVision units deployed at 40 U.S. airports with the new image-free ATD software under a separate contract with L-3, the company says. The millimeter wave-based ProVision ATD automatically detects potential threats and highlights their location on a generic mannequin that appears on a monitor attached to the ProVision ATD.
L3 Communications’ “research teams developed sophisticated automatic detection algorithms that power the industry's first image-free people-screening solution,” said Thomas Ripp, L-3 Security & Detection Systems’ president.
ProVision ATD uses radio waves and features automatic target detection software that addresses passengers privacy concerns, L3 Communications says. The automatic detection feature is available on new ProVision ATD systems or through a straightforward field upgrade, the company says.