Amsterdam (ots) - Canine Olfaction: Man's Best Friend Provides
Reliable Explosives Detection for the Cargo Industry
ICTS Europe Holdings B.V., a wholly owned subsidiary of Fraport AG
Frankfurt Airport Services Worldwide, has received approval from the
French government's civil aviation authority to begin a one-year
commercial trial of its RASCargO┬Ö explosives-detection screening
product for the cargo industry. As a result, DIAG-NOSE, ICTS
Europe's French subsidiary, will now be able to launch a commercial
air cargo screening service at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG).
DIAG-NOSE is also planning to deploy RASCargO┬Ö at other continental
European airports in late 2004 and early 2005. Based on Remote Air
Sampling for Canine Olfaction (RASCO), the RASCargO┬Ö product involves
a two-stage process. The first stage requires security staff to take
air samples from large cargo containers (eg., pallets, crates,
containers). In the second stage, specially trained dogs analyze or
sniff the air samples for the presence of any explosives.
Advantages of RASCargO┬Ö include high detection rates, fluidity of
operations, ability to clear dense and oversize items, and large
capacity throughput of more than 1,000 metric tons per hour.
"RASCargO's┬Ö distinct advantages are expected to revolutionize
operations and present high value for users," says Oren Sapir,
managing director of DIAG-NOSE and business development manager of
ICTS Europe. Furthermore, this will position RASCargO┬Ö as one of the
most efficient methods for security checking and clearing both air
and sea freight.
"We have invested three years in the development of RASCargO┬Ö and
are pleased to see that our system provides real solutions for the
security concerns of the cargo industry," says Zamir Eldar, chief
executive officer of ICTS Europe.
Recently demonstrated to ECAC's (European Civil Aviation
Conference) Technical Task Force, the RASCargO┬Ö system has already
drawn substantial interest from airlines, handling agents, freight
forwarders, and major shippers. "The market reaction to our product
is very encouraging and proves that RASCargO┬Ö satisfies a vital need
in the industry," says Eldar. "Today cargo needs to be screened
quickly, efficiently, cost effectively and without size or content
limitations -- exactly the features of RASCargO┬Ö."
ICTS Europe's DIAG-NOSE subsidiary specializes in the application
of explosives detection, based on air sampling methods, and in the
development of canine-based solutions for scent detection.
DIAG-NOSE's services include training, detection (such as RASCargO┬Ö),
mine detection, selling trained dogs, and consulting services related
to all aspects of explosive detection using canine units. Based in an
approved facility outside Paris, DIAG-NOSE is equipped with the
necessary resources and expertise to carry out explosives detection
research and development.
Operating through 18 independent subsidiaries in 14 European
countries, ICTS Europe Holdings B.V. is a major supplier of aviation
security services to about 50 airports throughout Europe. Its
customer base comprises more than 100 airlines, airports, cargo
companies, and government agencies. The company now has about 9,000
employees. ICTS Europe's main business is aviation security, but the
company is increasingly providing maritime security consulting and
services. Products include passengers and baggage screening,
patrolling, guarding and access-control services.
With 20 years of experience, ICTS Europe is unique in its
unrivalled depth of operational know-how, management expertise as
well as its innovative product and solutions developments. This is
reflected in the introduction and widespread use of many ICTS Europe
systems and services, such as: RASCargO┬Ö, FlyingPass, passenger
profiling, travel document verification, cargo security, integrated
services, auditing, consultancy and training.
ots Originaltext: ICTS Europe Holdings B.V.
ICTS Europe Holdings B.V.
DIAG-NOSE (main office in France)