Freight Waves Mentions Viken Detection
US-Mexico border crossings to get more high-tech inspection devices
Viken Detection of Burlington, Massachusetts, will install four undercarriage X-ray scanners known as Osprey-UVX at two South Texas land ports of entry as part of a contract with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
Viken did not specify which Texas ports would be receiving the Osprey X-ray scanners, but the company is already providing handheld X-ray scanners (known as the HBI-120) to CBP and to various law enforcement agencies.
The new Osprey X-ray system reportedly can provide real-time imaging for under-vehicle inspection, including compartments and spaces beneath the occupants, for passenger and commercial vehicles.
“Together Viken’s HBI-120 and Osprey-UVX represent a powerful combination in the fight against drug and human trafficking and terrorism that targets critical infrastructure,” Viken CEO Jim Ryan said in a release. “Instead of solely relying on camera-based systems or canine teams, law enforcement and security professionals can actually ‘see through’ an entire vehicle in under a minute to safely make fast and accurate threat assessments.”
Viken officials did not specify how much the Osprey contract with the CBP was worth. CBP awarded a $28.8 million contract last October to Viken Detection for the HBI-120 scanners.