New boarding gate has been developed that is able to detect explosives.
Japanese electronics firm Hitachi has successfully prototyped the new gate, which works by collecting minute particles which have fixed themselves to passports, ID cards or boarding passes. It can then detect the presence of explosive compounds in these particles within just 1-2 seconds, offering the ability to screen 1,200 passengers per hour.
The new boarding gate will be on display at the Special Equipment Exhibition & Conference for Anti-Terrorism (SEECAT 2012), being held this week in Tokyo. Pilot tests at public transport facilities are also planned in the next financial year.