Abu Dhabi Customs Using Integrated Border Security Solution

The integration of Perceptics LLC’s Under Vehicle Inspection System and Arabic License Plate Reader imaging technology with cargo X-ray inspection systems from American Science and Engineering Inc. at strategic border check points enhances the ability of the Abu Dhabi Customs to protect the United Arab Emirate’s borders while facilitating trade and collecting revenues through effective customs operations as per the directorate strategic priorities.

Perceptics, as the subcontractor to AS&E, will collaborate with AS&E to integrate its Under Vehicle Inspection Solutions and License Plate Reader imaging technology into AS&E’s OmniView Gantry cargo and vehicle inspection system and AS&E’s multi-view Z Portal cargo and vehicle screening system.

Perceptics partnered with Dubai-based Simtix, its master distributor for the Middle East and North African region, to implement Perceptics’ solution with AS&E.

“We are very excited to partner with Simtix and AS&E on the implementation of this high profile border security solution for Abu Dhabi Customs,” said Larry Smith, Perceptics’ vice president for field operations.

Perceptics’ solution for Abu Dhabi Customs includes the Under Vehicle Inspection System.The vehicle inspection technology from Perceptics uses a high-resolution 4,000 true-color line digital camera image of the undercarriage of a vehicle to be compared side-by-side either with a previous image taken of the same vehicle or of a like vehicle. The all-weather system uses a high-velocity air blade to keep the unit free of sand and moisture. The digital image allows the operator to view the undercarriage as a whole with 12X zoom capabilities. An integrated scene camera provides a snapshot of the vehicle, which creates a consolidated image of the scanned vehicle.

Perceptics’ License Plate Reader imaging system features an Arabic optical character recognition engine that recognizes all types of license plates: retro-reflective, non-retro-reflective, embossed and flat. Real-time vehicle risk assessment provides Customs officials with an accurate full plate and state of origin and country of origin identification. The LPR system features front license plate image recognition.

Perceptics’ Vehicle Inspection Software system provides an dependable and rapid method of consolidating the high-resolution images produced by Perceptics’ LPR and UVIS systems.

Designed with scalable, Ethernet-based architecture, VIS maintains a ‘hit list’ of suspect vehicles with operator alarms and supports the ability to send e-mail alarm notifications to off-site officials. The VIS database is fully searchable based on criteria such as vehicle type, driver’s name, license plate or time/date range.

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