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Discussion About Explosive Detection K9 In Aviation Security

With Mr. Oren Sapir – CEO DiagNose SASbr /
Mr Sapir, thanks for taking the time for this interview. We understand that ICTS Europe offers a new cargo security screening service called a href=http://www.diag-nose.com/dogs_cargo_security.html target=_blankrascargo/a. Please tell our readers in which ways RASCargo differs from other methods like x-ray of vapor detectionbr /
Detection systems are all tested today on three main parameters. Those parameters are detection rates, false positive rates, and input capacity of merchandised per a given time. Since RASCargO is a system which is based on vapour detection in huge volumes, and by the most sensitive detector in the world (Dogs), it has outstanding notes in all of those three factors. All other accessible methods achieve good results in only two of those three parameters, which illustrate the advantages offered by RASCargO.br /
I let you imagine how long it would take to hand search a 40ft truck, while RASCargO can clear it in 15 minutes, with extremely high detection rates and the lowest False alarm rates currently known, and more or less the same goes for X-ray.br /
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Remote Air Sampling for Canine Olfaction (R.A.S.C.O.) seems to imply that the samples are taken to the dog rather than having the sniffer dogs checking the cargo directly. Is there a reason for such a check?br /
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it. The first one is based on the well known fact that while explosives detection dogs search continuously they get very tired after about 30 minutes of olfaction. In RASCargO a dogs will screen a lorry in a second of sniffing its linked filter, thus escalating its capacity (about 150 filters per shift), and without tiring the canines at all. Another reason is the ability to control climate conditions in a well-controlled analysis center, which creates ideal conditions for the canines to perform at their best. br /
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It is known that RASCargo has been tested for years by the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency as a way of clearing “unknown” cargo. Do you anticipate it eventually been recognized as an approved method for ‘known’ cargo?br /
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The RASCO method was invented in Europe and adapted for aviation security, thanks to the creativity and vision of the UK government. It is in the UK under DfT and DSTL that most of the research and modification of the system was made. In the last two years the French regulators got involved as well and helped a lot in practical methods and routines. As a fact we know that screening all cargo, is a task, which is extremely difficult to reach. Therefore, an optimisation of methods and technologies is required for targeting the unknown freight at first. Imposing screening on known freight might be a burden on the industry, which could risk efficiency of processes, which are so important to the cargo security industry. However, as a spot check RASCargO could be a very beneficial tool, since it is very responsive to current processes and does not require major changes.br /
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What is the smallest amount of explosive, which can be detected, or would it be any amount?br /
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This information is a function of mass per volume, and we have very accurate data on the detection capabilities, which are very encouraging. The authorities, which should know about that, have this sensible information.br /
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Are the dogs trained on a several scents or do they specialize on specifics?br /
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Explosives detection dogs can memorize up until 12-15 different scents. They are trained on the scents which are required by regulators and which change from time to time. Once a dog is trained on the system, adding a new target scent is a matter of 10 days approximately.br /
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Now that security measures are increasing, time becomes an issue regarding cargo loading. How does RASCargO fare as far as time is concerned?br /
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RASCargO is undeniably the fastet way to screen big volumes. In some models, which we already apply, the freight is being screened during its idle time. That means that while freight is stocked during 30 minutes to an hour while its paper work is being done, our team collects vapour samples from that cargo, delivers them to the analysis center, and sends the approval in less than 30 minutes. During all that time almost no change for current processes of the cargo agent or airline is made.br /
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Do they receive a different training from the police sniffer dogs normally used to detect explosives at venues, etc?br /
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The training, which is the heart of the system, and the actual intellectual property of that system, is very different from conventional dogs. Conventional detection dogs would be very poor RASCargO canines and vice versa, even though they are all trained as a href=http://www.diag-nose.com/sniffer_dogs.html target=_blankexplosives detection dogs/a.br /
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Are the canines trained according to the airport, port or location?br /
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The training has several defined stages, and one of them is the adaptation to customer needs. Climate conditions are not much of an issue here, since the canines work in a climate controlled closed area. But the canines need to get acquainted to the environment in order for them to perform at their best. We believe that it is our duty to create the best conditions for the dogs to succeed. once this is achieved, the dogs are a remarkable and viable detectors.br /
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How does the false positive rates compare with other conventional methods?br /
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The system uses two canines for the examination of each filter. The results are being introduced into a matrix, which gives the search result of a run made by two canines. As a result, the systems False positive rate is extremely low, in the range of 1% – 2%.br /
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What are the advantages that RASCargO has over hand-search?br /
Very simple. Higher detection rates and speed of clearance, which is unrivaled.br /
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We understand that RASCargO is been in Paris Charles de Gaulle airport. How are the results so far?br /
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The results are very encouraging, we already serve on regular basis major players such as DHL, Panalpina, Lan Cargo and many others. Clients are very satisfied and the fact that business grows steadily is a good indicator for that satisfaction. As per detection rates and false positives, I cannot say the level, but I can say that it is better by far in comparison to other systems.br /
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