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Up to 2,000 passengers screened for knives each hour in police body scanner trial

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London Evening Standard
September 17, 2019

Body scanners designed to detect guns, knives and explosive devices concealed under clothing will be deployed by police for the first time today. 

A Home Office-funded trial is taking place at Stratford station in east London as the latest strand in a crackdown on the capital’s violence epidemic.

British Transport Police is using the new Thruvision scanners, which work by revealing objects hidden inside clothing that block body heat. Sensitive cameras capable of screening 2,000 passengers an hour will enable officers to see the size, shape and location of any blade or gun.

Thruvision can scan commuters 30ft away as they ride an escalator or enter ticket barriers without slowing them or requiring a physical search, according to its British inventor. The trial will also seek to identify how officers can use technology to detect if an individual is carrying a knife, potentially reducing reliance on controversial stop and search powers.

Thruvision is already used on the Los Angeles Metro, which last year became the first mass transport system in the US to adopt it.

The initial five-day trial at Stratford will be run by BTP with support from the Metropolitan Police.

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This article was posted: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 4:11 am





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