EMIT Technologies, LLC has announced that the prototype for the People Portal II (PPII), its innovative and cutting edge human security portal, has been completed. The company plans to start marketing and manufacturing the PPII in the third quarter of 2004.
The People Portal II can automatically determine all threats hidden on a passenger's body while increasing passenger thru put and reducing checkpoint staffing. The PPII permits screeners at security checkpoints to find any objects that are not part of a person's physiological make-up. Potential threats immediately, automatically, and without operator interpretation signal a need for further interrogation and pinpoint the location of the anomaly. These threats may include metallic and non-metallic weapons, explosives, drugs, and flammable substances -- many of which are invisible to other scanning technologies. Known items such as clothing and jewelry pass through the portal without alarm. The PPII is equipped with floor-mounted dielectrometers to interrogate travelers' shoes for threat materials. A computer generated wire-frame image is employed to display the existence and location of all threats ? never sacrificing privacy to ensure safety.
The PPII, which occupies a frame five feet in diameter and seven feet five inches high, is designed for airport facilities but can be employed wherever security is a concern. The walk through process is fast; field-testing at a regional airport indicated that 600 people an hour1 can be effectively, quickly, and safely processed. The PPII does not sacrifice safety for speed, however. It currently operates with a false positive rate of less than 5%, as compared to metal detectors that typically have false positive rates around 30%. As a result, the People Portal II provides a rapid, comprehensive, non-invasive, and cost effective way to prevent any threats from entering a secured area.
As security concerns increase, EMIT is receiving solicitations for it's security products from around the world. Airports, police departments, border control agencies, prison systems, government facilities, power plants, banks, building owners, high-tech facilities, and the military are on the growing list of probable clients.
The company has plans to introduce a biometric upgrade of the PPII in 2005 that is expected to be the most comprehensive biometric scanner on the market. This identification system will analyze a full-body scan to verify a person's unique physiology. Using smart-card technology, baseline data of an individual's preacquired scan is encoded on a personal identification card that can be used for positive identification and entry/exit purposes. Because this product relies on a fullbody scan for identification, it is far superior to retina scanning, photography, and fingerprinting methods, which examine just one physical feature. This product introduction reinforces EMIT's commitment to provide a comprehensive set of security solutions to combat the rising fear of terrorism. "At EMIT we strive to lead in the creation, development, and implementation of the industry's most advanced security technologie," says President Curt Lew.
EMIT systems, which utilize near-field microwave technology, are very simple to operate, non-invasive, require little special training, and in most cases need no operator to assist in making a decision based upon the presented data. The PPII technology is safe; its level of EMF energy emission has been independently tested by an FDA approved laboratory and determined to be at least 80 times below IEEE standards, and potentially from 700-2000 times below other safety standards (EMIT's measured level of EMF is lower than fluorescent overhead lighting).
* The actual microwave exposure is 1/1000 of a second. The remaining time is used for entering and exiting the portal.