Thursday, 19 Jan, 2012 Technology

Latest Invention: Terahertz Scanner That Spots Hidden Weapons


The New York Police Department (NYPD) in collaboration with the US Department of Defense (DoD), developed a new system that makes use of terahertz imaging to identify hidden weapons.

Currently the system is being tested. It is placed on police cars while police officers scan groups of people is a particular location.

The system can be used at different events and, according to the NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, it can be alternatively used at a shooting-prone location.

It is worth mentioning that the system can estimate the energy radiating from a person up to 16 feet away, while identifying anomalies such as a firearm.

As a reaction to certain worries about the violation of human rights, Kelly said that he will only authorize the use of the scanner in reasonably suspicious situations.

The DoD looka forward to using the scanner to spot suicide bombers wearing explosives. At the same time the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) is not supporting the launch of such a technology.

"It's worrisome," said NYCLU spokesperson Donna Lieberman, adding that the system implicates the right to privacy. According to Lieberman the scanner can be used on simple people who walk down the street unaware that they're being subjected to "a virtual pat-down by the Police Department."

[via TG Daily]

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