OTTAWA, Ont. — The Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) will install a self-contained stationary gamma-ray scanning system that captures images of pallets and large pieces of freight called Pallet VACIS at its container examination facilities in British Columbia; Montreal, Quebec; and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
Thnew technology will assist officers in detecting contraband, weapons, and other potentially dangerous goods within dense freight. The equipment is manufactured by Science Applications International Corporation and each unit costs approximately CDN$2 million (US$1.5 million).
The Pallet VACIS units use a radiation source to penetrate cargo that emits a gamma-ray beam that in turn provides an image similar to those produced by X-ray systems, says CBSA.
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