Rapiscan Systems launches Driverless Eagle M60 screening system
The Driverless Eagle M60 can operate without the need of a driver and builds on the success of the Rapiscan Eagle Moble series. The driverless model uses the world's most powerful mobile X-ray imaging technology and is specifically designed to asset customs and border personnel in detecting nuclear materials, explosives, weapons and contraband in trucks, cargo and containers.
"Rapiscan strives to provide products and services which meet and exceed customer requirements," Rapiscan Systems President Ajay Mehra said. "It was the need for a high-quality, flexible mobile scanner solution which drove us to design the original Eagle® M60 that is today deployed all over the world. The Driverless Eagle M60 builds on this success, and directly addresses a number of resourcing and financial challenges faced by customs and other border security agencies.
"These include the cost and time implications of employing qualified drivers, 24/7 to maintain the inspection throughput required at ports, borders and checkpoints," Mehra said. "It also limits the risk of human driver error or mishap during the critical scanning process."
The M60 automatically detects two positional sensors at either end of the scan location. The sensors can be placed up to 35 meters apart, which allows for oversized cargo or multiple units to be scanned in one pass. Additional sensors on the M60 make minor adjustments to the direction and position of the vehicle during the scanning to ensure that it consistently drives in a straight line between the two positional sensors. The M60 does not deviate by more than 25 millimeters from the center line as a result.
A system operator monitors the automated scan process from the M60's onboard inspector's office, which displays high resolution X-ray images produced in real-time by the system.
The system's lack of a driver provides numerous financial and operational benefits, including eradicating driver fatigue and driver work-shift changes, improving inspection rates and vehicle throughput, and removing risks associated with lone workers, health and safety incidents and potential human error.
The driverless vehicle can be operated like a standing vehicle to move it quickly and easily when required.