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According to Sloane, the company’s origins began in 2006 when several investors saw technology at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, which they thought held real potential to satisfy the requirements of the cargo screening mandate. They would later license the technology from Los Alamos and put money into research and development, which Sloane said culminated in the development of a full-size test article in August of 2011, followed by a full-size operational system that was implemented in Freeport in the Bahamas one year later.

While maritime ports are obviously the company’s main focus, Sloane said that because the machine is flexible and can be scaled up or down depending on the application, air cargo facilities, border crossings and critical infrastructure locations are other places where the technology could be used.

“We continue development and we’ve been running the Freeport system for a year and half collecting data. We have a couple of government contracts for testing and evaluation, one of those is with the Department of Homeland Security’s Nuclear Detection Office and that’s ongoing,” said Sloane. “Then there’s a program that we just completed with the Department of Defense with the counterterrorism technology support office and that is to evaluate the machine for detection of explosives and other contraband materials. That went very well and we’re developing software now to add that capability to the machine.”