Z Backscatter Vans
The Z Backscatter Van can be used to detect contraband such as car bombs, drugs or people in hiding, but the vans, which also can see through clothes and into some buildings, are raising major privacy concerns.
Meet the Z Backscatter Van
Oct. 13, 2010: The Z Backscatter Van uses detects contraband like explosives, drugs or people in hiding with an X-Ray mechanism that has no need for a detector on the far side of an object, allowing it to be extremely mobile, versatile and built into a commercially available van.
Inside the ZBV
Oct. 13, 2010: DHS Inspector observes the screen of the Z Backscatter, which is blacked out in this photo for security purposes, as he X-rays a shipping container at the U.S. seaport in Elizabeth, N.J.
ZBV - Bomb in Van
This Z Backscatter Van image reveals a large quantity of explosives in the trunk of this SUV.
ZBV - Heroin in Truck
In this Z Backscatter Van image, organic objects were detected in the body of this pickup truck -- officials subsequently searched the vehicle and seized a significant amount of heroin.
Briefcase - Other Image System
A briefcase containing two laptop power cords and two PDAs shown in the dual-energy transmission image does not appear unusual. But upon closer inspection. . .
Briefcase - Z Backscatter Image
The Z Backscatter image of the same briefcase reveals the detonator cord wrapped around the right laptop power cord and explosives concealed behind the right PDA.
ZBV - Anomaly in Car
The Z Backscatter Van created this photo-like X-ray image revealing a bright white anomaly in the trunk of the car -- a large quantity of ammonium nitrate explosive simulant.
Laptop - Other Image System
Dual energy X-ray image clearly displays the PDA and a laptop power cord.
Laptop - Z Backscatter Image
Z Backscatter X-ray image of the same briefcase sees through the electronic clutter and exposes the Glock handgun and plastic and liquid explosives.
Computer - Other Image System
The dual-energy transmission image displays a laptop computer.
ZBV and Radiation Detection
Oct. 13, 2010: A Z Backscatter Van accompanies a seperate radiation detection truck to inspect shipments and the U.S. seaport in Elizabeth, N.J.
Computer - Z Backscatter Image
The Z Backscatter image of the same computer reveals explosives hidden in the laptop.
Gamma Ray Image System
Oct. 13, 2010: For more densely packed or high-risk containers the DHS uses a higher energy gamma ray image system.
The Z Portal provides multiple views with three-side Z Backscatter X-rays to improve detection of people and chemicals inside trucks.