Smiths Detection wins major contract with Brazilian prisons

Smiths Detection has won a $5.4M contract to supply the Rio de Janeiro state prison authorities with B-SCAN dual-view systems which detect contraband and threat objects concealed internally or externally on the body.

The X-ray scanners, ordered by the Secretaria de Estado de Administração Penitenciária (SEAP), are primarily designed to reveal objects such as drugs, explosives, weapons, and mobile phones hidden in body cavities.

The systems, which use low-dosage X-rays, will be installed in correctional facilities across Rio de Janeiro state, more than half being deployed at the huge Gericino prison complex which houses 17,000 inmates.

Danilo Dias, Managing Director of Smiths Detection Brazil, said: “We supply B-SCAN to many airports, customs checkpoints and high-security settings, such as prisons, around the world. They are particularly suitable for use in penitentiaries where they help provide a far safer environment for staff and inmates. The scanners also speed up the entire process, showing a high-definition image in only one scan.”

Smiths Detection offers advanced security solutions in civil and military markets worldwide, developing and manufacturing government-regulated technology products that help detect and identify explosives, chemical and biological agents, radiological and nuclear threats, weapons, narcotics and contraband. It is part of Smiths Group, a global leader in applying integrated, advanced technologies to markets in threat and contraband detection, energy, medical devices, communications and engineered components. Smiths Group employs around 23,000 people in more than 50 countries.