Archives For August 5, 2015

American Science and Engineering (AS&E) has introduced the ZBV with Tx-View dual-energy transmission option for its line of Z Backscatter Van (ZBV) mobile cargo and vehicle screening systems.

Featuring new detector technology, the Tx-View for ZBV provides enhanced detection of weapons and metallic components of vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices alongside the ZBV’s Z Backscatter imaging.

Over 750 ZBV systems have been sold to date, and is used by government agencies, border authorities, law enforcement personnel, military organizations, and security agencies in more than 65 countries. The ZBV with Tx-View option adds enhanced detection capabilities and adherence to domestic and international radiation safety standards.

The new Tx-View option for ZBV allows security personnel to simultaneously acquire dual-energy transmission and Z Backscatter images of scanned cargo and vehicles for detection of threats and contraband. Dual-energy transmission imaging is designed for detection of metallic threats, such as weapons and artillery shells, while Z Backscatter imaging delivers the clarity needed to identify commonly-smuggled organic threats and contraband, such as narcotics, explosives, cigarettes, alcohol and currency. The Tx-View option is completely self-contained in a trailer for storage and transport. Source: AS&E

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Picasso, Head of a Young WomanA painting by Pablo Picasso estimated at more than €25 million (CHF26.5 million) and considered “unexportable” by the Spanish authorities has been seized by French customs officials on a boat moored in the French island of Corsica.

“An attempt to export to Switzerland a picture by Picasso, Head of a Young Woman, through the customs office of Bastia [a town in Corsica] last Thursday attracted the attention of French officials,” customs agents said in a statement to French news agency AFP on Tuesday.

On Friday, customs officials from the Corsican town of Calvi “boarded the ship which was moored in the marina at Calvi and demanded the documents relating to the painting which it was transporting”. According to the statement, the captain was able to produce only one document assessing the painting plus a ruling, in Spanish, from May 2015 made by the Audienca Nacional, a Spanish high court which has jurisdiction over all Spanish territory and international crimes which come under the competence of Spanish courts. This ruling confirmed that the painting was a Spanish national treasure which could never leave Spain. Source: CustomsToday