DiagNose RASCargO™ system clears first cargo shipments at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
After approval by Dutch Authorities, DiagNose RASCargO™ system clears first cargo shipments at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.
The RASCargO™ system (a.k.a. Remote Explosives Scent Tracing) is now fully operational and available to customers at Schiphol Airport, in full compliance with local and EU regulations.
DiagNose has succeeded in expanding the operations of its unique RASCargO™ product, and through its Dutch unit has achieved compliance with all the new requirements for operating the system according to the new European legislation. The company now offers cargo screening services at Schiphol Airport based on the two approved methods – free-running dogs and REST (Remote Explosives Scent Tracing) EDD called – “RASCargO”.
This first operational clearance in Amsterdam using RASCargO™, which took place in early March, is highly significant, as it is the first time since the system was approved for use in the Netherlands after tests based on the latest EU regulations, which raised the certification standards for deployment of explosive detection canines in the European aviation security arena.
The RASCargO™ technique, which is DiagNose’s trademark for the detection system also known as REST, or RASCO, is already operational in France, the UK, and South Africa through local DiagNose units, and every day serves dozens of airlines, handling agents and freight forwarders.
RASCargO™ was specially developed to serve the mass-screening cargo market that requires a solution for screening high volumes of cargo, with almost no limitation as to size or content. The solution, which combines unique canine abilities as well as elaborated airflow and filtering technologies, has proven its efficiency in terms of process, performance and cost effectiveness at all the locations where it has been deployed. The system is the perfect answer to the problem of screening whole pallets, trucks and ULDs.
“Along with the intensified threat and security requirements, the need for solutions which will not compromise the flow and integrity of the supply chain is becoming more and more critical to the process of fluid trade. This always was and remains the objective we have in front of us in each and every solution we tailor for the industry. RASCargO™ is a process, which the industry embraces, and this is the indication that our developments are on the right track. We plan to continue deployment of our systems with planned deliveries during 2011 to some more European airports and other locations worldwide”, says Oren Sapir CEO of DiagNose.
“The fact that RASCargO allows the airlines using it to streamline processes and gain commercial momentum through adding value to the final user is a major generator for the interest and growth the product sees ever since it has been launched,” says Sapir.
RASCargO™ is a commercially available cargo screening technology that utilizes Remote Air Sampling for Canine Olfaction (RASCO – aka REST, in the EU).
The technique has screened over 100,000 trucks and pallets and over 1.5 million metric tons of air cargo since live operations began in the UK and France.
The main idea is to collect air samples from closed cargo volumes – trucks, containers, ULDs and wrapped pallets – onto a special filter. The filter is then presented to two highly trained explosives detection dogs.
The air sampling itself takes place at the cargo site, and the dogs perform their work inside a RASCargO™ analysis center building (the “analysis room”)
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