Clearwater, FL, January 07, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- In the wake of a terrorist attack onboard a Northwest airliner late last year, threat detection technology from Thermal Matrix USA is being profiled in a series of live reports today on the Fox News Channel.
“Passengers across the world are facing tighter security when traveling by plane, including body scanners,” said Fox News anchor Patti Ann Browne. “Many argue these techniques are an invasion of privacy, but now one company has developed a way to keep us safe, without destroying our modesty.”
“It basically reads your body heat, a thermal image between you and this camera here,” said Fox News national correspondent Phil Keating as he demonstrated Thermal Matrix’s ACT system during a live report in front of the Hillsborough County Courthouse in Tampa. “You can see our subject walking down the hallway and anything that obscures the person’s body heat, between the person and the infrared camera, shows up as black on the screen. And if you’re a trained technician operating this gear, then you’re going to think, ‘Wait, this person needs to be checked out.’”
Additional Fox News reports demonstrating Thermal Matrix technology and its ability to detect explosives are scheduled throughout the day, including this evening at 7pm on The Fox Report with Shepard Smith.
The Thermal Matrix ACT system has been getting increased interest following the Christmas Day attack onboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253, bound from Amsterdam to Detroit. A 23-year-old Nigerian man who claimed ties to al-Qaida has been charged with trying to destroy the airliner with explosives smuggled onboard.
“There is no question terrorists will continue to target Americans, as the Flight 253 attack demonstrates,” said Michael Reinpoldt, Executive Director of Thermal Matrix. “Fortunately, ACT system technology provides a new defense far beyond the ability of metal detectors that airports and security forces can deploy immediately.”
The ACT system uses a sophisticated computer program to provide instantaneous analysis of thermal images taken from individuals. A terrorist trying to smuggle liquid, plastic or gel explosives will not be able to hide them on his body without altering that thermal image. As reported by Fox News, ACT automatically analyzes a heat signature, and provides visual proof to security personnel when a potential threat is detected.
Adding to its benefit is that the Thermal Matrix system does not generate any invasion of privacy concerns, unlike different technology used by whole body imagers (WBIs) now being tested by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Privacy concerns are so strong that some in Congress are advocating a limit on the use of active millimeter wave devices, just at the time more measures are needed to keep airline passengers and crew safe.
“The millimeter waves have a long wavelength that can penetrate most clothing, generating the explicit images that lead to privacy objections,” said Reinpoldt. “Advocates have tried to mitigate this concern by blurring out faces, or employing a second operator to view the image in a separate room. But that doesn’t stop anatomical features from being depicted, and critics won’t be satisfied with such a system. Fortunately, ACT provides the same threat detection, without any invasion of privacy concerns.”
More information on Thermal Matrix can be found at the web site http://www.ThermalMatrixUSA.net.