ThruVis is a unique, highly sensitive camera capable of detecting objects concealed under clothing so you can spot a suicide bomber from a range of up to 10 metres or identify a drug smuggler at a busy border crossing.
This world-leading security solution, developed by Digital Barriers, can be operated remotely to screen crowds at stadiums and major events, and people using public transport, without the need to disturb them as they go about their business. It is high-throughput, meaning it screens people quickly without them stopping and without delays, a bit like a virtual pat-down, spotting large, high-threat objects.
ThruVis can also be deployed in custom halls or at border crossings to show concealed items such as contraband, as well as being used in retail warehouses to expose theft.
It can detect metal or plastic weapons, explosives, liquids, drugs and currency - anything concealed under clothing - and in recent tests was 100 per cent successful in highlighting anyone wearing a bomb vest or carrying a concealed weapon.
ThruVis was named Counter Terrorism Innovation of the Year at the IFSEC Security & Fire Excellence awards. It is portable, requires no infrastructure and can be set up in minutes.
Its Terahertz cameras are completely passive - as harmless as a typical video camera - and non-invasive, as they do not reveal any sensitive anatomical details.
ThruVis’s potential to save lives by providing an early warning of a threat or another layer of defence has led to an increase in its use around the world in the last year.
It presents a new potential in securing so-called soft targets such as transport hubs, shopping malls, stadiums and other public locations, as well as more traditional secure locations. It is mobile and is unpredictable in its deployment; so is much harder for would-be adversaries to rehearse against than fixed security infrastructure. It can also be deployed covertly if required so that people are not even aware they are being screened.
ThruVis is now a major deterrent in the fight against crime and terrorism in 10 countries, including the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as the Middle East and Asia. See our recent coverage on Sky News that shows how effective ThruVis is.
ThruVis is a different approach to people screening. It employs Terahertz camera technology – originally developed in the UK for space research – to detect objects made of almost any material, from metals, to ceramics, plastics, liquids, gels and powders, even under multiple layers of clothing. While the camera resolution can detect objects at distance, it does not reveal invasive anatomical details.
ThruVis highlights concealed objects by producing images that show the different levels of natural Terahertz energy naturally emitted by people, objects and their surrounding environment.
The body's Terahertz energy is able to pass through clothing, but any object on a person emits a different level of Terahertz energy and is therefore shown up in contrast. These differences are clearly visible on the ThruVis viewing screen and an operator-assist function supports detection.
ThruVis uses an entirely passive sensor system and is therefore completely safe, as harmless as a normal video camera.
ThruVis is passive, non-invasive and can be deployed in a matter of minutes. Units are portable and can be moved around as required to provide mobile screening for aviation security, border security and customs as well as protection for large events, public gatherings, stadiums and mass-transit public transport such as the rail network. Providing a 'virtual pat down', it is the only viable way of screening a large number of people quickly.
Please see our industry section for more details about how ThruVis is used in the following applications:
ThruVis is the world’s most advanced, compact, people-screening camera system, with unparalleled imaging quality and the capability to detect concealed objects at 3.3m to 8m. It can be deployed in both fixed and portable formats, in covert and overt installations, and as a stand-alone screening capability or integrated within a wider security architecture, ideal for public-space protection and mobile use.
The TS4-C unit has a larger field of view and is best for compliant screening at a range of between 3.5m and 4.5m. It is particularly effective for checkpoints and when full-body screening is required at short range.